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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Fitting an apple shaped body ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Fitting an apple shaped body
any ideas on which pattern line will work best?
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Date: 1/2/13 1:53 PM

I am in my mid 50's and have an apple belly. Has anyone had any luck in finding a particular pattern brand that works well with this body shape? I am new to sewing and have no idea! Any and all help would be appreciated.

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Date: 1/3/13 2:26 AM

No- all need alterations. I took a great class by Barbara Deckert on Craftsy.com for Plus Size sewing. It is on sale now $15 and includes pattern. She is a wealth of information. My belly is my only problem- hips and shoulders are normal. I thought I was an apple but learned from her I am a rectangle. She tackled all body types though and is entertaining. Anyone new to sewing will benefit if they need to find a complimentary pattern style or alter a pattern.
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Date: 1/3/13 2:45 AM

just wondered how to get the craftsy sale price...thanks in advance

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Date: 1/3/13 3:37 AM

Go to the Craftsy class page - all classes are showing their reduced price at the moment.

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Date: 1/3/13 5:50 AM

I agree with Sandi. There is no pattern line that is apple-rific. But, so long as a pattern isn't too pear-focused, I can make it work. I mostly sew Vogue and Style Arc, but that's just me.

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Date: 1/3/13 10:10 AM

I don't know any specific pattern off hand, but I think for an apple, you want to stay away from anything with a waist. But If youre also big in the bust, you don't want anything with too much fabric either. Commercial patterns are not drawn for apple shape, so even after you chose a shape that can flatter apple, you should expect to make adjustments. That's OK and it's really the whole point of sewing. My good friend is an apple, though she's 36. She's also really well endowed!:) she wears a lot of loose artsy things up top. i think of it as the art professor wardrobe. But she's got slim legs, so she can draw attention downward. Have you ever watched Martha Stewart? That woman can still rock skinny jeans, but she only ever wears loose things up top. I suspect she's an apple too, but she knows what to wear. The key is drawing attention to the things you like and drawing it away from the things you don't.

I have taken a Craftsy class before and really liked the format. It was the Susan Khalje class and learned a lot! I bought the Kenneth king one and another when they were on sale.

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Date: 1/4/13 6:09 AM

You have no idea how often I've looked at RTW maternity clothes and thought "I think they'll work...." You might get some ideas from seeking out instructions for modifying regular patterns for maternity wear. While you won't need for the changes to be as extreme as that, you might get some ideas for adjustments to regular patterns that start with neck, shoulders and upper chest that are the right size.

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Date: 1/4/13 9:56 AM


Thank you everyone! I will check out Craftsy now.

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Date: 1/7/13 0:38 AM

What am I doing wrong? When I go to the Craftsy classes page, the price for Barbara Deckert's Plus Size Fitting and Design class shows $49.99.

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Date: 1/8/13 6:42 PM

Petite Plus patterns now range down to a size 12, if I remember correctly. They are made to fit a fuller stomach, but shouldders are not too big like in most larger sizes. Check her webpage...
And when you are ready to tackle fitting, I recommend Sarah Veblen's Photo Guide to Fitting. She shows how to 'read' wrinkles and translate from your muslin to the paper pattern. It is worth the time to get a decent fit. I also know people who have used the Sure-Fit Design system. I have it and it is easy. Take a look at that website, too.
Good luck.

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