Adjust the Bust




Busts come in all shapes and sizes, so why should your pattern only come in one? Kathleen teaches the basics of correct measuring, positioning your bust point, pattern adjustments for fuller and smaller busts on any style of garment. Insert or reduce fullness where it’s needed with slash & pivot. True up your hems, side seams and armholes after alterations and learn tailoring skills that you can use over and over for any garment. More details at Craftsy.

Pattern Grading for Sewers

Create any size, Pattern Grading for Sewers with Kathleen Cheetham



Discover grading and never pass up a promising pattern for lack of the right size. Increase or decrease the size of any pattern while staying true to the fit, proportions and design details of the original. Master the basics as you grade down a multi-size bodice pattern, including the armscye, neckline and darts. Grade up a multi-size pants pattern with tips for grading the crotch point, adjusting darts and working with pockets and waistbands. Take your skills further as you grade down a single-size, sleeveless top pattern. Grade up a single-size skirt pattern using the cut-and-spread method that’s the basis of all grading. Learn to grade darts, seams, notches, facings and collars on single-size patterns. Plus, see how to grade sleeves with confidence. More details at Craftsy.

Plus-Size Pant Fitting



Flatter your curves as you learn to fit plus-size pant patterns. How to select the right pattern size and extend it if needed. Adjust your pattern’s crotch depth and make alterations to complement the curves of your hips. Personalize your pattern’s fit through the outer, inner and upper thighs. How to read wrinkles in your muslin. Make tummy adjustments using slash-and-pivot. Get a perfect fit through the seat. Adjust waist darts, convert multiple darts into a yoke and use a stretch band instead of a waistband. More details at Craftsy.

Custom Fitting Back, Neck & Shoulders

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Fit any garment across the shoulders, neck and back. You’ll learn how perfect shoulder fit improves the all-over look of a garment.How to select the right pattern size so that it’s not too big in the wrong places. How to read wrinkles in your muslin. How to take patterns in and let them out for a smooth fit across the back, and adjustments for asymmetrical bodies. A perfect fit is within your reach! More details at Craftsy.

Custom Fitting Waist and Hips



Make every pair of pants and skirt you sew a wardrobe staple with custom fitting techniques! Step-by-step measuring and making flat pattern adjustments for comfortable, flattering pants and skirts. Learn to slash and pivot patterns for a smooth fit in the abdomen. Adjust patterns for hips that are low, high, narrow, wide, asymmetrical or anything in-between. Use accessible techniques to customize patterns for your thighs, and make adjustments for a perfect fit in the seat area. How to adjust patterns for swayback posture. Refine darts and add extras for YOUR waistline. More details at Craftsy.

Sewing for the Plus-size Petite: Tops & Tummies


Essential techniques to alter, adjust, and transform plus size petite clothing for better fit, style, and comfort.

▪ Achieve a leaner appearance ▪ Make fitting adjustments to accommodate a full bust and tummy ▪ Alter ready-to-wear tops to fit and flatter the plus size petite figure ▪ Utilize body scale techniques ▪ Understand the balance point principle ▪ Length with detail and color ▪ Alter your patterns ▪ Adjust for sloping or narrow shoulders

More details at Threads/Taunton.

Create a Princess Seamed Blazer

Create a Princess Seamed Blazer – DVD

In this 90 minute DVD you will learn from two tailors how to achieve: Professional Collars, Lapels and Facings, Smooth Rolled Sleeve Caps & Bust Seams, Precision Sleeve Vents, Welt Pockets & Flaps, Fast ready-to-wear lining, Crisp details using your iron and pressing tools. Own this 1 hour 26 minute DVD for $29.95.

Also available in VHS for $29.95.

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