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V8815 - 1st copy finished

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Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design taught by Barbara Deckert

Plus-size women deserve cute clothes! Learn how to make comfortable and flattering garments with Barbara Deckert, author of Sewing for Plus Sizes.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Plus-sized
Style Cute
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What materials did you use? A soft, pale paisley peach cotton print. It is not as "drapey" as I'd hoped, and wrinkles badly, but very very good for fitting lesson, good to "read the wrinkles"

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What are you most proud of? I normally just zigzag over all the seam allowances to finish, this time I experimented with doing single fold clean finish on all my seams. The top is as neat and finished on the inside as it is the outside. I also had great success easing the hem fullness, instead of doing the tiny rolled hem.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Experiment a lot during the basted fitting. I moved, deepened, and shortened my darts several times before getting them right (it doesn't show well in the pic, but standing straight the underbust fits perfectly with no wrinkles or pulling). Take a lot of time to get the first one right, the next ones will go faster every time. I marked my adjusted seam allowances on the pin lines as Barbara shows, but I used disappearing ink so it would be darker. Then I laid my paper pattern on top to trace the correction exactly as it is on the top. This way I got all the angles and blending the way I saw on the garment. Most of us doing this project lower the neckline, it's simple enough to do by drawing it the way you want on the pattern and truing up to the back neckline. My next copy will have an even lower neckline, maybe even a V-neck.

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Very nice job. Thanks for the encouragement to take the time to get it right like you did.

03/18/2013 Flag

Wendy, nice job! And so fast! It seems to fit perfectly.

03/22/2013 Flag
CMF on craftsy.com CMF

very good.

03/26/2013 Flag

good job

04/02/2013 Flag

Beautiful.. You did a really good job on fitting. Love the color too.

06/07/2013 Flag