I am ridiculously excited to share what I’ve been working on for the past 18 months: my first book, “Ahead of the Curve“, which launches in October, published by Quadrille (Hardie Grant)! You can pre-order it here so I guess it’s really true?! Pre-orders are absolutely essential for new authors as they show stockists that there’s demand for the book, and help it get listed and stay in stock – so if you’re at all interested, I’d love it if you could pre-order!
“Ahead of the Curve” is a first of its kind: a body-positive guide to how to fit sewing patterns if you’re curvy or plus size, with five full-size, brand new Cashmerette patterns in sizes US 12 – 32 (UK 16 – 36) and cup sizes C – H with which to hone your fitting skills!
I wrote the book I wished had existed when I learned to sew: one that showed me how to make adjustments to sewing patterns to fit my unique and fabulous body, without shaming me or focusing on “hiding my flaws”. It’s the Cashmerette you know and love – now in book form! In the words of my Mum “it’s written in a very reassuring way”, and I hope you find that too.
“Ahead of the Curve” is jam-packed with fitting content, from extensive guidance on how to pick a size (often trickier than it seems), to help decoding measurement charts, through to the heart of the book which is a series of Fit Clinics, focused on adjustments for each part of your body. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to identify fit issues so for every single adjustment we have “before” and “after” photos (all on curvy bodies, of course!) – a whole lot of work to do, but I hope well worth it!
But it’s not just a reference book… nope, “Ahead of the Curve” also has five brand new patterns included! Each adjustment in the Fit Clinics is demonstrated using one (or more) of the patterns – the idea is that you can follow along to perfect the fit, making it as easy as possible to learn the techniques. Once you’ve mastered them, the sky’s the limit! Welcome to the world of a wardrobe that fits. I’ll be sharing details of the garments over the next few weeks.
Finally, there’s just a whole bunch of curvy and plus size goodness in there. You’ll recognize some familiar faces modeling (so excited to share soon!), there’s interviews with our inspiring model-sewists, tips on how to sew while staying neutral about your body, and more.
I hope you’re as excited as I am about my foray into books! Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be sharing more behind-the-scenes peeks, telling you the journey of how this all came to be (believe me, writing a book + COVID + being a single mum of a toddler is no joke!), and sharing the awesome models and garments you’ll be seeing in your copy.
Thank you in advance for your pre-orders, and more soon!