We’ve got a bonus post for you today: five great resources to help you fit your sewing patterns if you’re curvy or plus size. The objective of Cashmerette Patterns is to get you really close to a perfect fit straight from the pattern, but most patterns out there are drafted for a B/C cup or have the sketchy grading problems I talked about here, so we need all the help we can get generally!
Here are my favourite resources for plus size and curvy fitting.
Learning to sew when you’re curvy is a revelation – suddenly, you’ve got unlimited options rather than a rack of polyester cold-shoulder tops. But it can be frustrating when you don’t fit into a “straight” size out of the packet (almost no-one does!), and the prospect of learning to adjust patterns can be daunting. That’s why I developed the Fitting for Curves: Pattern Adjustments for the Upper Body online workshop which de-mystifies fitting once and for all.
This course consists of 21 clear and easy to follow videos which cover the basics of how to measure yourself, pick a pattern size to start from, and make a muslin, and then dive into sixteen common pattern adjustments to address fitting the bust, neck, shoulders, back and arms, including multiple types of full bust adjustments.
This is a fantastic book for fitting, with comprehensive information on a whole variety of fitting approaches. Don’t be put off by the slightly outdated styles – this helps you with the underlying adjustments you may need to make. An essential book for any curvy (or non-curvy) sewist! They also have a series of more specialized titles, including Pants for Real People and Knits for Real People.
2. Plus Size Pattern Fitting & Design – and more video classes
I love Crafty’s video classes – they’re taught by experts, the details are generally very clear, and you can watch and re-watch to your heart’s content. Craftsy has some great specialized classes on fitting generally and plus size fitting specifically. Barbara Deckert’s Plus Size Fitting & Design has an in-depth class on measuring and common adjustments and is recommended by my sewing friend Tanya. If you’re making pants, there’s also Plus Size Pant Fitting by Kathleen Cheetham.
I haven’t yet found the perfect book on plus size sewing – yes, I can wear bright colours and stripes, thank you very much, and I do want waist definition! – but Barbara Deckert’s book is the best I’ve found so far. If you don’t fancy a video class like her BluPrint one above, this is a great reference book.
Yes, my other home on the sewing internet! At the CSC we have tons of useful information on fitting, and a whole series of tutorials. They include the perennially popular Full Bust Adjustment, grading up a pattern to a larger size, narrow shoulder adjustment, wide shoulder adjustment, sleeve adjustments, expanding a waist, and more!
Do you have any of these resources? Which other ones do you recommend? I’m always on the hunt for more sewing education!
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