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Dressmaking for Real Women


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Lorna Knight
Barron's Educational Series
Fashion & Design
Dressmaking for Real Women by Lorna Knight


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.