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Dressmaking for Real Women

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Dressmaking for Real Women

Lorna Knight

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Women who prefer making dresses for themselves, but are curvy and full-bodied, are all too aware of the limitations that are part of working with commercial patterns. This book shows them how to take a standard commercial pattern intended for a larger size, then cut it back and make the kinds of adjustments that will result in a stylish garment with a flattering fit. They will learn to—

  • Measure their figure accurately and recognize details in the pattern that require correcting
  • Make accurate adjustments at every strategic point, including shoulders, necklines, busts, sleeves, armholes, waist, and hips
  • Add their own original features to personalize the pattern, such as collars, cuffs, and decorative details
  • Select the best fabrics for their garment’s drape or structure “Dressmaking for Real Women “also provides a refresher course on general sewing techniques. Printed in full-color throughout, the book features more than 400 instructive illustrations.
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