Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Finally going to try sewing for myself ( Moderated by JEF)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Finally going to try sewing for myself
SewMommyof3

SewMommyof3
Intermediate
FL USA
Member since 12/26/07
Posts: 2
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/7/08 10:09 PM

I have been sewing for my children for years, and now I am finally going to try to sew for myself. I've dabbled with a few things for myself in the past and hated them all. I am going to start with Kwik Sew #3256 skirt pattern that I have read good reviews of, but I'm still a little hesitant to try. It just seems impossible to make anything that looks good on me. I've read some of the posts, and it's good to know that I'm not alone.

------
Happy Sewing,
Connie
Stitch By Stitch with SewMommy Podcast

Leora
star
Leora
Intermediate
OR USA
Member since 2/7/04
Posts: 2142
Login to reply to this post

In reply to SewMommyof3


Date: 1/8/08 0:01 AM

Kwik Sew is known for excellent instructions, so you should be good to go. We're here if you need help. Have fun!

------
Leah

My blog:
http://www.journeytocouture.com

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

Sew Confused
star
Sew Confused  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 7/13/07
Posts: 2542
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/8/08 2:35 AM

I just started sewing again for myself, too. I sewed for myself before I had children, then I sewed for my daughters when they were small, then I didn't sew at all. I decided I wanted to get back into it and I'm having a blast. Good luck!

------
Paula

"In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running."
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder

Visit my blog at www.sewconfused.blogspot.com

kkkkaty
starstarstar
kkkkaty  Friend of PR
Intermediate
UT USA
Member since 12/7/05
Posts: 2568
Login to reply to this post

In reply to SewMommyof3


Date: 1/8/08 8:27 AM

I can relate to this! For many years I made clothes for children, which I loved doing, but I avoided sewing for myself because I hated the result. I finally realized that I might get better results if I tried to learn how to do some pattern alterations. That has helped a lot. I am still a little frustrated with the process, but I am happier with the end product. If you have the time, try buying a pattern sloper and sew it up; you'll learn a lot about your fit issues. Good luck, Kate

Here's a thread on slopers (fitting shells)
-- Edited on 1/8/08 8:33 AM --

------
Viking Lily 545
Viking Ruby
Bernina Activa 210
Brother 1034d

Sherril Miller
starstarstarstar
Sherril Miller  Friend of PR
Advanced
CA USA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 7478

Going to PR Weekend Austin!
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/8/08 12:57 PM

I started quilting because I just couldn't fit myself any longer. It got way easier to sew for myself when the internet came along. I no longer feel alone in my sewing room when I have a question, I come here. There are lots of us here to help. Please post your questions and pictures and we'd be glad to help if you get stuck. It's like private sewing lessons, for free! I hope you do pattern reviews when you get some projects done. Welcome!

------
Visit my blog at http://sewingsaga.blogspot.com

If it's worth sewing, it's worth sewing well;
and if it's worth sewing well, it's worth FITTING FIRST! - TSL

VickiRC
VickiRC
Intermediate
WA USA
Member since 1/1/03
Posts: 47
Login to reply to this post

In reply to SewMommyof3


Date: 1/8/08 1:24 PM

I know exactly how you feel. Sewed for my kids, now the grandkids, but rarely for myself. But then last summer I had an Aha! moment. Had to buy a swimsuit. Dreaded it even tho I never planned to wear it in public; just in the privacy of my backyard. (I'm just shy of 60 and read this plus-sized message board for a reason.) I was shocked to find a suit that actually looked pretty darn good--that is, I looked good in it. Figured if I could look good in a swimsuit, I could buy(which I occasionally could) or sew clothing that would work for me.

The point is, your body isn't the issue here (if that indeed is what is making you crazy). You obviously have the sewing skills. You just need to take the time to learn how to fit your body.

Using a sloper has helped a lot, but what helped me the most was making a muslin first. (I had no idea people did that! I just figured you cut and sewed straight from the pattern as I had done for my kids.)

I use fabric I've had in my stash for yeeeaaarrrs for my muslin (and boy, does that feel good), and I also fit as I go after I've cut from my "real" fabric. (Check the library for books on fitting to help you out here) I try on my garment multiple times while in the process of putting it together. By the time I finish, I'm satisfied the garment looks the way it should on me.

Go for it. You've chosen a great pattern.

dokfred
dokfred
Member since 8/25/07
Posts: 16
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/8/08 3:12 PM

Shannon Gifford's class on building a better T-shirt is just getting started on patternreview.com. This class maybe just the ticket to help you get the clothing fit you are looking for. Best wishes on your new sewing path.

mssewcrazy
star
mssewcrazy  Friend of PR
Advanced
MS USA
Member since 3/4/03
Posts: 2515
Login to reply to this post

Date: 1/8/08 7:01 PM

The main thing is not to be too hard on yourself. We have all bought clothing that does not fit right or does not flatter yet we think what we sew has to be perfect or we quit and go do something else. Making muslins of cheap ugly fabric is new to me but I have learned that it is far better to take this step since I have fitting issues I used to not have. Rather than trying lots of new patterns at first , work at getting one that you like perfected so you have a basic pattern that works well so you can taste sweet success and that will encourage you to continue sewing for yourself and then take on another pattern. It is really easy to get turned off when you are getting only failure. I feel so much better about the fitting since reading a lot on here.

Mufffet
starstarstarstar
Mufffet  Friend of PR
Intermediate
VT USA
Member since 8/14/05
Posts: 10485
Login to reply to this post

In reply to dokfred


Date: 1/9/08 3:18 PM

Quote:
Shannon Gifford's class on building a better T-shirt is just getting started on patternreview.com. This class maybe just the ticket to help you get the clothing fit you are looking for. Best wishes on your new sewing path.


AMEN. Not only this class but any of Shannon's classes. I am a plus size, and short as well, and Shannon's classes have been a gold mine of info and help - it's almost like she's there with you after awhile!

Good luck, and know that you have a support system here for sure.

muffet:)

------
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
--Dalai Lama

I have sewing machines

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Plus Size Sewing >> Finally going to try sewing for myself

Merchants on PR
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!
Gwyn Hug
Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!
Lanetzliving Vintage Sewing Patterns
Vintage Sewing Patterns
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Blueprints to Blue Jeans
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Blueprints to Blue Jeans

Online Sewing Classes
Put it on the Bias
Fee: $49.00
(Regular $49.00)
Put it on the Bias

McCall's 5972
photo
Review by 3kids1036 on 4/26/11
Read Review

SewBaby Sleeve Saver Smock Pattern
SewBaby Sleeve Saver Smock Pattern

Details
Price: $8.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

NECKLINES AND DRAPING - A CD Book by Kenneth King
NECKLINES AND DRAPING - A CD Book by Kenneth King

Details
Price: $24.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

You Sew Girl Party Purse
You Sew Girl Party Purse

Details
Price: $8.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Cake Patterns Pavlova Top Digital Pattern (35-50)
Cake Patterns Pavlova Top Digital Pattern (35-50)

Details
Price: $9.50
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue Patterns 8120 MISSES' BLOUSE
photo
Review by sarahinlaf... on 11/15/09
Read Review

McCalls 6713 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )
McCalls 6713 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )

Details
Price: $18.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Vogue 1263 Pattern ( Size XSM-SML-MED )
Vogue 1263 Pattern ( Size XSM-SML-MED )

Details
Price: $35.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN