Barbara Deckert

Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design

Barbara Deckert
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 379 mins
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  • Available for purchase: $39.99
Meet Barbara and go over what you'll learn in this class.
Learn about design principles such as proportion, line, color, texture and fabric pattern and how they affect the finished look of your garment.
Take standardized measurements and measure figure variations. Learn to make a dress form.
Prepare for measuring and learn measuring tips. Discover the concept of ease and how to select a pattern size.
Calculate and mark width adjustments for tops, pants and other garments.
Learn to calculate for both increasing and decreasing length alterations.
Understand darts and learn to mark and make bust adjustments.
Learn to make adjustments for figure variations including a rounded upper back, large upper arms, and a rounded backside.
Learn the importance of basted fitting. Join your garment pieces together using basting stitches.
Put on the garment and check the fit. Make adjustments to your pattern pieces, then learn to make permanent adjustments.
Discover ways to design garments for everyday scenarios, including work, social occasions and play.
11 Lessons
6  hrs 19  mins

Who says you can’t be plus-size and fashionable? Learn how to make stylish clothes that fit and flatter your body. Barbara Deckert draws on years of custom dressmaking and her own experience as a large woman. She teaches this class with honesty, warmth and humor. As you work along with Barbara, you’ll pick up dozens of techniques and design tips about pattern adjustment, fitting and construction. Her techniques apply to any garment, for any size person, male or female. But this class focuses on the unique figure variations and clothing needs of the plus-size woman. It’s about time!

Important Pattern Information: The sewing pattern on which this class is based — Vogue 8815 — is not included with your purchase and may be out of print — check with online retailers. This class is rich in essential sewing techniques, so if the pattern is out of print, we encourage you to look for an alternative pattern with similar style details. You might also be able to find the original pattern through a private reseller.

Barbara Deckert

Barbara Deckert wrote the book Sewing for Plus Sizes to help her well-padded friends create the beautiful, fashionable,and properly fitted clothes they deserve. Barbara learned fine sewing techniques more than 45 years ago from a professional custom dressmaker. For 25 years, she has created custom bridal, evening and career wear at Barbara Deckert Couture in Elkridge, Md.

Barbara Deckert

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