December 6, 2022

Your Cashmerette Makes: ‘Ahead of the Curve’

It’s hard to believe that my book, “Ahead of the Curve,” has been out for over a year! It’s been so fun to see what you’ve done with the 5 patterns included in the book. Let’s take a look at some of my fave makes of yours.

“Ahead of the Curve” is the first sewing book to empower curvy and plus size sewists to feel body confident by sewing a wardrobe that fits. Don’t change your body to fit your clothes—change your clothes to fit your body!

My book includes 5 basic garments patterns in sizes 12-32, which includes a pair of trousers, a t-shirt, a sleeveless top and two dress designs. I take you through a series of “Fit Clinics”—tutorials and case studies demystifying the fitting process—showing you how to adjust these patterns to master the perfect fit for your body shape. You can then go on to customize your closet and create an unlimited array of fantastic clothes that celebrate your body.

I’m loving seeing what you’ve been making with the 5 patterns in the book, so I decided to round up some of my favorites makes from the community. Take a look!

Kersoe Top

The Kersoe Top might be the fan favorite—I see more Kersoes popping up than any other pattern from the book. The Kersoe is a chic, beginner-friendly woven top featuring a v-shaped neckline and bust darts. It pairs great with jeans, trousers, or a skirt, and it’s the perfect canvas for showing off a fabulous print.

@curvypatterndatabase // @janineerm 

@shalschwaa // @studio805creations // @samanthapopecreations

Magna Pants

Sew easy pants with the slim-leg Magna Pants! The Magna features an elastic back, optional side seam zip, and back darts. Create a lightweight linen pair for lounging or a more refined pair in a nice twill, and add pockets like some of these fabulous makers.

@definatalie // @happily_caffeinated

@definatalie // @emmaandhermachine // @emmandhermachine

Stanway T-Shirt

It took me so long to come around to raglan tees because they never seemed to fit my bust well. Well, the Stanway T-Shirt changes all that! The Stanton is a raglan knit tee in cup sizes C-H for fabulous bust fit. Use contrasting fabric for the sleeves to get a classic baseball tee look.

@sewlucyrose // @cookinandcraftin

@crafts_of_note // @tiasews // @ginny_does_stuff

Honeybourne Dress

I shouldn’t play favorites, but the Honeybourne Dress is my favorite pattern from my book. The sample that I’m wearing on the cover is in constant rotation in my wardrobe. The Honeybourne is a woven dress with a fitted bodice and gathered skirt, and it’s as easy to sew as it is to wear.

@basmashimmies // @notinator // @fancyigercrafts

@tomkatstitcherycarmel // @krakenkacy // @frocksandfroufrou

Foxhill Dress

Last but not least, the Foxhill Dress is a twirl-worthy, ultra-comfortable frock made from stable knits like ponte. This dress features a princess-seamed bodice, a v-neckline, and a swishy gored skirt.

@cacauli.makes // @aitcheyduck_sews // @scary_mary

Learn to Fit and Sew Amazing Clothes

Are you ready to create the wardrobe of your dreams—and have it actually fit? Join the thousands of makers who are learning to fit and sew their own clothes with my book, “Ahead of the Curve.” (It’s also available in French and Finnish.)


5 thoughts on “Your Cashmerette Makes: ‘Ahead of the Curve’

  1. Therese Fabrin says:

    I have the book

  2. Katherine Cook says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much for this!

  3. Eileen Shaw says:

    Hi have you thought about updating the patterns in your book to include sizes 0 – 16 then I would definitely buy it as I need size 10 and love your patterns

  4. Gina Regnier says:

    Hi there, I purchased your book and love it. I haven’t made any of the patterns yet as I’m a size 8 but curvy with a large bust ( D or DD ) and proportional hip measurement. Can you give me any help with grading the patterns down to my measurements?

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Gina, here is a tutorial that shows how to grade beyond the size range (it shows up, but you can use the same principles for grading down):

      This method has its limitations so I definitely recommend making a muslin to check the fit of your graded down pieces. If you’re used to our 0-16 size range, a size 8 that’s been graded down from our 12-32 won’t fit in quite the same way since our two size ranges are drafted separately.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

Let me know what you think!