Plus-size women deserve cute clothes! Learn how to make comfortable and flattering garments with Barbara Deckert, author of "Sewing for Plus Sizes." To purchase the pattern and sew along with Barbara, click on the Materials tab in the class. Shipping is free!
When it comes to using commercial patterns, it is important to remember they are drafted based on a bust that is a B-cup size. Since these companies must market their patterns to the majority of consumers, and the B-cup is the most common size, this makes good sense. But, certainly not all women have a B-sized bustline, which means the commercial pattern must be adjusted before any fabric is cut. Learning how to make this adjustment can make all the difference in constructing garments that not only mimic ready-to-wear, but in fact surpass boutique pieces. Why? Because your handmade garment will fit you perfectly.
When fitting a sewing pattern, you typically check standard measurements such as the bust, waist and hip — all measurements of circumference. But there's another that's critical to getting the perfect fit: vertical dimension. This measurement isn't usually marked on most patterns, but you should measure and adjust your patterns for it (in both dimensions, actually) to get the fit you need — especially if you're plus-size or full-busted.
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