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Gleamy
« on: December 25, 2011 09:19:26 PM »

To start off I am new to sewing. The reason why I wanted to sew was because I am plus sized and I have a pretty hard time shopping for DECENT clothing that IS NOT ugly. The drape of clothing on my chest, which measures at 56'', varies greatly. I am not a fan of showing off bosom and I do not do well with turtlenecks!

Digressing, I wanted to sew so my clothing would fit and be beautiful at the same time but I felt burned by the patterns that I find that STILL DO NOT carry my size Sad. I did check out Connie Crawford. There were some nice selections there but still limited. Any advice or know-how to alter commercial patterns??

(Retail I wear about 20-22)
Measurements are from top, waist, hip: 56", 48", 53"

Thanks so much in advance!

~Desperately Searching, Gleamy.
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StitchWench
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011 04:57:13 AM »

Congratulations & welcome to the sewing community. I visit this site weekly: http://sewingfantaticdiary.blogspot.com/ as Carolyn is a prolific garment maker who has had to alter commercial patterns to gain her tried & true (TNT) patterns that she uses over & over.

I hope this site is as useful to you as it has been to me. I have successfully altered a pants pattern - it took me three years of making adjustments to a commercial pattern then sewing a garment, making more adjustments etc to get the pattern that is now my TNT pants pattern.

I'm now working on altering a straight fitting pullover style dress pattern as Carolyn has done, unfortunately not the same pattern as Carolyn. The pattern is quite straight & I most definitely am not & of course it is a smaller size than I am.

Best wishes for your future pattern altering & sewing endeavours.
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Gleamy
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2011 07:48:30 AM »

Thank You so much for your helpful response. I have checked the website and I remember reading a blog entry on Gertie's Blog that was a Q&A from Carolyn about plus sized patterns and some contest.

I am excited to learn to alter. Good luck to you as well.

Super Grateful, Gleamy  Cheesy
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StitchWench
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011 12:28:41 AM »

In my previous post I neglected to mention that I've also found the book "Sewing for Plus Sizes" by Barbara Deckert (ISBN: 1-56158-551-3) useful. I had this book before I found Carolyn's site. Before purchasing it from Amazon I'd borrowed it from my local library (I'm in Australia) to read.

Ms Deckert has a chapter titled 'Adjusting the pattern to fit your body size' and also covers "Adjusting the pattern to fit your figure variations' so there are things like moving darts if they're too high, adding/altering darts for larger cup sizes.

HTH
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Gleamy
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011 06:38:22 AM »

I saw that book on amazon as well but was very skeptical. Should I get this book? The only things I have sewn in pillows and a tote. I am such a newbie so I guess I am scared of investing in a book that is not for my experience level. When will I know that I am more advanced to move on to other projects? Many many questions lol.

Well, I just bought it. Thanks for the referral.


Sewing Away, Gleamy  Cheesy
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StitchWench
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2011 01:25:57 AM »

When will I know that I am more advanced to move on to other projects?

Good question but I don't think there's a definite answer. A lot of it is just practice of course, like making buttonholes. Buttonholes need a machine that happily sews many different fabrics & then you practising until you have the knack. I hate doing buttonholes & avoid them where I can. I've put loops down the fronts of shirts & on the waistband of pants to avoid buttonholes. (Just so you know, I've been sewing my own garments for almost 45 years.)

Zips are OK but I'm not very good with invisible zips - I need more practise - or lapped zips such as those put in the side of a skirt. I will advise you to make the seam allowance larger on the seam where a zip is going to go. Make it at least 2.5cm/1". This gives you plenty of fabric then to ensure that you adequately cover the zip. I have developed a satisfactory method for putting the zips in the CF of my pants. It's a mock fly technique that is very neat.

Take your time when sewing. Haste makes waste is so true when sewing. When you're in a hurry or tired is when you're most likely to make an error. I use lots of pins & still tack/baste when necessary e.g. collars.

Do you know to pin your seams at right angles to the sewing line so you can sew up to the pin, stop, remove the pin, sew to the next pin etc.?

Ask your questions & I'll do my best to answer them for you. Hopefully others will chime in if it's about technique. Do you belong to any other forums? I've found these two very helpful:
Artisan's Square http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php
Pattern Review http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions

I do hope you find the Barbara Deckert book useful. I still use it.

Best wishes.

Browsing blogs tonight I came across this page of links which might be useful: http://wearinghistoryblog.com/links/
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2012 08:16:20 AM »

Thanks from me also. I am going to make an effort to make/alter clothes this year.

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