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Sew Better Plus-Size Garments

Implement simple revisions for comfortable, long-wearing clothes
Threads, Issue #209 June/July 2020
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Don't be limited by the size range on the pattern envelope: Sew to suit your own figure.

If you’re investing time in sewing clothes to fit your figure, it’s worthwhile to employ smart, durable construction techniques. In Threads #208 (June/July 2020), I described the basic method for adjusting a standard-size pattern for a fuller figure. Once you’ve gotten your pattern to fit correctly, you can build in some give where you need it and create stronger seams where there may be strain during wear. You don’t have to default to knit fabrics to get the comfort you desire—although knits are an important part of most contemporary wardrobes.

Create a custom-fitted suit with easy sizing and sewing techniques. Patterns: jacket, Kwik Sew 3334; skirt, Butterick 5466 (out of print), modified. Fabric: stretch jacquard suiting,

The methods I show work for any size garment or figure but are especially helpful in clothing for plus-size women. As the body bends, moves, or sits, fullness can shift.…

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