Kathleen Cheetham presents her original garment patterns and detailed sewing instruction so plus-size women can create a closetful of flattering shapes and silhouettes. By working with the 4 enclosed patterns, step-by-step construction, and fitting instruction, readers can create a wardrobe of versatile and stylish garments—which can be adapted for office wear, casual wear, or evening wear, just by varying the colors, fabrics, and finishing details.
The four enclosed patterns are for pants, a blouse, skirt, and jacket—to create 20 unique garments. Each garment is shown in petite to full sizes, from size 14 to 24. The author also includes her patented Perfect Fit guide for each garment style, based on grading rules she has developed herself for her own line of commercial patterns. Author also provides a gallery of 51 outfits for a wardrobe made with the four patterns.
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Kathleen Cheetham teaches workshops and sells her pattern line at trade shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. She also runs a woman’s custom tailoring shop and teaches classes on fitting and design. Her articles have appeared in Threads magazine and her line of patterns has been featured in Sew News, Threads, Australian Stitches, and Sewing World UK. She is a graduate of Kwantlen University College, Richmond, British Columbia.Review:
Cheetham, Kathleen. Singer® Perfect Plus: Sew a Mix-and-Match Wardrobe for Plus and Petite-Plus Sizes. Creative Pub: Quayside. 2009. c.144p. illus. index. ISBN 978-1-58923-394-2. $25. FIBER CRAFTS
Cheetham’s projects for casual and workplace fashions are accessible for beginning sewers. The mix-and-match tips are reminiscent of fashion magazine features, providing hints for assembling creative outfits. It’s refreshing to see the clothes modeled on an actual plus-sized woman (the author herself). --Library Journal, August 2009
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