Writes Deckert, "The goal of all plus-size design is to emphasize your positive attributes and modify or distract from those you feel are less desirable." Deckert is herself a plus-sized woman and a custom clothier with more than 30 years of sewing experience. Given that most clothing manufacturers have never learned to design attractive, well-fitting clothes for women who wear a size 14 or larger, the woman who wants to achieve style beyond size must sew her own clothes. This book will make that task less formidable. Illustrated with photos of plus-sized models, including the author herself, this book emphasizes analyzing pattern designs based on individual figure proportions and working effectively with fabric color and texture. Major sections of the book are devoted to tools for plus-sized sewing (including instructions for making an inexpensive personal paper-tape dress form), choosing fabric, taking measurements, "sizing-up" commercial patterns for the plus-sized figure, and modifying patterns to make clothing more comfortable and durable. Enthusiastically recommended for all public libraries with sewing and costuming collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Deckert, who designs and makes plus-size fashions, is a frequent contributor to Sew News, Threads, BBW, Radiance, and PACC News. She is a charter member of the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers and has over 30 years of sewing experience.
I'm not a plus size but I found that this book addresses issues that apply to all of us who sew clothing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Della Mae Johnston
I have a multitude of sewing books collected over the years. This book, is one of the best! Barbara Deckert is a fantastic instructor with a multitude of helpful hints for sewing.Published on June 11 2013 by Dianne M. Acri
"Some" very good instructions, but some chapters duplicate free info available everywhere (redundant).
Diagrams and pics are good. Read more
I thinkFantastic Fit for Every Body: How to Alter Patterns to Flatter Your Figure by Gale Grigg Hazen and the Vogue Sewing Book are much better. Read morePublished on June 17 2003 by Georgina
This is an excellent guide to making adjustments to store-bought patterns, altering clothes and understanding why things don't fit. Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Diane Yaghoobian
Even though I am NOT a plus size, I have still found this book one of the best sewing instruction books ever. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003
I purchased this books after I had such a difficult time with constructing a top for a very plus-size client and while I had trouble getting a pants waistband to fit my own... Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by Amazon Customer
This book explains in detail the problems faced with readymade wear and purchased patterns. In detail it explains how to alter patterns so that many styles that you thought would... Read morePublished on July 30 2001