Kathleen Cheetham
Craftsy Instructor

Sointula BC

Kathleen Cheetham teaches workshops and sells her pattern line at sewing consumer and trade shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also runs a custom tailoring shop for women and teaches classes on fitting and design. Her articles have regularly appeared in Threads magazine, and her line of patterns has been featured in Sew News, Threads, Australian Stitches, and Sewing World UK. She is the author of Perfect Plus: Sew a Mix-and-Match Wardrobe ... Read Full Bio »

Kathleen's Craftsy Classes

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Create Any Size: Pattern Grading for Sewers

Increase or decrease the size of any pattern while staying true to the fit, proportions and design details of the original. Find out how as you work through four included practice patterns with sewing expert Kathleen Cheetham's simplified methods. Master the basics as you grade down a multi-size bodice pattern, including the armscye, neckline and darts. Then, grade up a multi-size pants pattern with tips for grading the crotch point, adjusting darts and working with pockets and waistbands. Take your skills further as you grade down a single-size, sleeveless top pattern. Grade up a single-size skirt pattern using the cut-and-spread method that's the basis of all grading. Next, learn to grade darts, seams, notches, facings and collars on single-size patterns. Plus, see how to grade sleeves with confidence. Discover grading and never pass up a promising pattern for lack of the right size!

$24.99 $49.99

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Custom Fitting: Waist & Hips

Join patternmaking pro Kathleen Cheetham as she takes you step-by-step through measuring and making flat pattern adjustments for comfortable, flattering pants and skirts. Learn to slash and pivot patterns for a smooth fit in the abdomen. Adjust patterns for hips that are low, high, narrow, wide, asymmetrical or anything in-between. Use accessible techniques to customize patterns for your thighs, and make adjustments for a perfect fit in the seat area. You'll even learn how to adjust patterns for swayback posture. Finally, Kathleen will help you refine darts or add extras for a waistline designed with you in mind. Make every pair of pants and skirt you sew a wardrobe staple with custom fitting techniques! 

$29.99 $59.99

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Adjust the Bust

Busts come in all shapes and sizes, so why should your pattern only come in one? Join Kathleen Cheetham as she teaches the basics of correct measuring and finding your bust point, demonstrates full and small bust adjustments for any style of garment, and shows you how to create an ideal pattern for your body. True up your hems, side seams and armholes after alterations for a professional result, and learn tailoring skills that you can use over and over for any garment.

$24.99 $49.99

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Custom Fitting: Back, Neck, and Shoulders

A perfect fit is within your reach! Join instructor Kathleen Cheetham as she teaches you the techniques and tricks to fit any garment across the shoulders, neck and back. You'll learn how perfect shoulder fit improves the all-over look of a garment, how to take patterns in and let them out for a smooth fit across the back, and adjustments for asymmetrical bodies. Five pages of practice patterns and a measurement worksheet are included.

$34.99 $54.99

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Plus-Size Pant Fitting

Flatter your curves as you learn to fit plus-size pant patterns alongside designer and instructor Kathleen Cheetham. Start with how to select the perfect pattern size and extend it if needed. Take the next step toward a fabulous fit by adjusting your pattern's crotch depth and making alterations to complement the curves of your hips. Move on to personalizing your pattern's fit through the outer, inner and upper thighs. Then, find out how to read wrinkles in your muslin and make tummy adjustments using the slash-and-pivot technique. Take your fitting skills even further as Kathleen teaches you to adjust for a perfect fit through the seat. Plus, find out how to adjust waist darts, convert multiple darts into a yoke and use a stretch band instead of a waistband.

 

$19.99 $39.99

Kathleen's Patterns

152 Shapely Zip Front Vest

$10.00

Short Sleve Shell # 101

$10.00
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Kathleen's Projects

Adjusting Waist Darts
Slash-and-Pivot Method
Adjusting for a Full Hip
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