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Hi, I’m Jenny, and welcome to Cashmerette!
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I started sewing at the ripe old age of 30, but now I’m totally obsessed. It turns out that sewing is not only shedloads of fun but it’s also creative, technical, sociable, and takes over your life if you don’t watch out. You can read more about my journey and what I’ve learned here.
As a curvy woman, sewing has been central to my journey to body acceptance, not to mention transforming my daily wardrobe with garments that fit me well and reflect my personality. To reach even more plus size sewists, I partnered up with other amazing curvy bloggers to found the Curvy Sewing Collective, where you can find more inspiration, tips and sewalongs.

Now, I’ve taken a step further and launched Cashmerette Patterns, the first line specifically designed for curves, in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes C – H. I’ll be launching a range of garments, all thoughtfully designed to be comfortable and stylish. Your dress size doesn’t limit your creativity, so why should it limit your wardrobe? Keep in touch for more exciting developments!

 I hope you enjoy reading about my creations and patterns, and I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at jenny [at] cashmerette [dot] com.
Disclosure: I sometimes include affiliate links in my posts, which means I make a small commission when items are purchased. I only recommend products that I use and love.

56 Responses to About

  1. Sharon March 27, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Just stumbled upon your blog/site while researching sewing machine tables/work surfaces for my studio. Love your garments and how you make us curvy gals look great and fashionable. I’m still of the notion that a curvy gal has to wear a sack and doesn’t have anything to show off. Well, you’ve proved me wrong and I’m repurposing my sacks into more figure flattering, body shaping garments. Great job. Your sewing room is great and I’ve picked up a lot of tips.
    Sharon

    • Jenny Rushmore April 1, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks Sharon, I’m glad you like it. Cast off those sacks and make something bright and fun!

    • alpenrose May 23, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Good Morning:
      So glad to have found you! You are a great inspiration. I am writing today to ask you about the iron you have in your sewing room (saw it on PR). Can you tell me more about this iron please. I have never had a steam station type of equipment set up, just used a steam iron all my life. You know the kind you buy at the hardware store 😉 Would like to have an iron/steamer thingy I can use without too much fuss. How difficult is it to hang the bottle high enough to function and how often do you have to refill it? So for example if the iron is on for an hour does that mean the water is gone?
      Keep up the great work!
      Best,

      • Jenny Rushmore May 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

        Hi! So it’s a Silver Star gravity feed iron, and I love it! It gets super hot and has continuous steam. However, you do need to be able to set it up – I put a hook in the ceiling, but I know other people have hung them on high bookshelves or even on an IV stand. It does have to be at least 5 feet above the iron I think – mine is about 4 and sometimes I have to hold the tube up a bit to get better steam. I would say that the water tank probably lasts for about 8 – 10 hours of using the iron, so a pretty long time! Hope this helps.

  2. Alaskapsych April 1, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Hi, Jenny! I just read your article over at Seamwork and I just want to say, thank you.

  3. Lisa April 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    Jenny, I just finished reading your article over at Seamwork, and I wanted to say you are Awesome! I’m a curvy girl and have added your blog to my reading list.

  4. traciejennifer27 April 2, 2015 at 5:48 am #

    Hi Jenny a fellow Brit here who has found you via seam work, really loved your article and as a curvy girl who loves to sew it made me feel very proud of who I am. Decided to give up the day job in June too to concentrate on my sewing and who knows what might happen!!! Loved the piccies of you on the beach on Nantucket, we really loved our trip there a few years a go and just love the whole New England area.

    • Jenny Rushmore April 2, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      That’s so exciting! I hope you have a great time sewing full-time

  5. Stephanie April 3, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Hi Jenny – like some of the other commenters, I found you through your Seamwork article. Thanks so much for your essay! I’ve always felt great wearing the clothes I’ve made. I’ve thought of it as a sense of creative pride and accomplishment. But reading your article, it occurred to me that it’s also because I’m in control of a perfect fit and not at the mercy of of ready-to-wear manufacturers. 🙂

    • Jenny Rushmore April 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m so glad that you enjoy sewing as much as I do.

  6. niamhturner July 13, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Jenny,

    I found you by accident about a month ago and I’m completely hooked! Whilst I love reading lots of sewing blogs, it’s really lovely to read yours and see someone who is making similar patterns to me and in similar (although still slightly smaller) sizes. Keep up the great posts, they’re super helpful and encouraging! Also, I’m trying to persuade my SO that he needs to go back to Japan pretty soon so I can go with him and check out all the stores you’ve suggested.
    🙂

    • Jenny Rushmore September 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

      Nice to hear from you! And yes, you definitely need to go to Japan – it’s an unmissable fabric experience !

  7. bigdeallisy July 18, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    Hi Jenny! I am soooo glad I found you! I have been looking at how I can incorporate my very novice skills in both blogging and sewing and, after spending time on Cashmerette, I have found my direction! One of the biggest battles I have had when buying clothes has been finding the “right fit” as I am 6ft1, with big boobs, small (ish) waist and a big bum (size 11 UK shoe too!!) I am looking forward to following your journey and maybe one day, request an interview with you to spread your inspiring work.

    Thank you!!

    Sam

    • Jenny Rushmore September 29, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi Sam – welcome! It sounds like sewing will be awesome for you – anyone who isn’t a totally standard size is going to find it hard to buy clothes off the peg, but sewing solves all those problems! Best of luck.

  8. Elaine Sutherland August 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    You are a truly lovely Scot! Just found your blog and shall begin to follow it avidly. I’m just beginning my sewing oddesy but have been knitting (hand and machine) for 50 years. I’m beginning a 4 year Japanese couture knitting course next March but believe that fitting fabric to whatever your shape is key to looking your best. Over the years I’ve observed some very curvy women look marvelous because their custom fit/created knits accentuate the best bits for an overall wonderful look. My goal is to become as adept at manipulating fabric as wool. Thank you for the positive encouragement.

    • Jenny Rushmore September 29, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks, Elaine! 50 years of knitting – wow, you must be fantastic! And I’ve never heard of Japanese couture knitting before but I can already tell it’ll be awesome. Good luck!

  9. Laura Smith August 4, 2015 at 2:56 am #

    Hello Jenny, I thought you might be interested in this book;Draping: art and craftsmanship in fashion design: Draping: art and craftsmanship in fashion design by Annette Duburg, Rixt van der Tol (ISBN: 9789089100870). I did a Summer course at one of the main Fashion Colleges in London last year and it was great- three weeks tuition, and I learnt so much. I regularly make and alter clothes for myself, and have end since I was a teenager, it’s a skill that not enough value is placed on historically or now- the low price of garments on the high street never reflects the skill required to make each item leading to a complete disconnect between the the real time value of an item to an individual and the price they pay for a garment. I read and enjoyed your Guardian article today- 03/08/15 article and it’s a systemic problem that you highlight and it’s an industry wide grading issue. Keep on keeping on! Laura

    • Jenny Rushmore September 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      HI Laura – thanks for the recommendation! I’ve never done any draping before, but I would love to try it in the future.

  10. Johanna. August 11, 2015 at 5:51 am #

    Wow, wanting to get started on sewing again for like…forever. Your place here is a big inspiration for actually doing it.

  11. Kat September 4, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Just finding your blog for the first time and wanted to say that it is amazing–your clothes are gorgeous and suit you so perfectly! Looking forward to digging through your archives for inspiration.

  12. Rose Sullivan September 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    Jenny,
    I just listened to your interview with Sari on Seamworks Radio… Brava! And… you live in Boston! Where do you find wonderful fabric around here? Aside from shopping online and when I travel (London & NYC are the best!) it’s difficult to find good quality fabric other sewists in this city. Help!

    • Jenny Rushmore September 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      Thanks, Rosie! I buy fabric at Greys Fabric – where we also have an open sewing club every Wednesday evening – and at Winmill in Chinatown. But like you, I mostly buy in NYC and online

      • Rose Sullivan September 24, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

        Yes, Grey’s does have wonderful cottons and some other simple things. Her notions are fun too. Still, I buy my woolens and silks online mostly. Hmmm…

        Thanks.

    • Meri March 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

      I like Sewfisticated in Somerville and Dorchester and if you have a car, Fabric Place Basement out by the Natick Mall is lovely.

  13. Lindsay September 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I just listened to your fabulous interview on the Seamwork podcast! Thank you for sharing your story. I am officially a fan girl!

  14. Kara September 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi Jenny! I just heard about you from the Seamwork Podcast and I very much enjoyed hearing your interview. Your story made me laugh and cry and I immediately had to check out your blog. Thanks for your honesty and vulnerability. You are an inspiration. I’ve tried sewing my own clothing for years and nothing ever fits right. I’ve been wondering where the plus size sewing blogging community was and I’ve finally found a piece of it. I look forward to finding help for my fit issues.

    • Jenny Rushmore September 29, 2015 at 4:01 pm #

      Hi Kara – I’m glad that you enjoyed the podcast! I think Sarai will have a lot of success with her podcast. And welcome to my corner of the blogging world – if you haven’t already found it, check out the Curvy Sewing Collective (www.curvysewingcollective.com) for more inspiration.

  15. BGM59 October 8, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Merci pour cette ligne de patrons pour femmes qui ont des formes! Tu es superbe et tu les mets bien en valeur. J’ai découvert ton site par Séverine qui a cousu 2 superbes robes.A bientôt et bonne chance… Béné

  16. Victoria November 3, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Hi, Jenny,
    I just discovered the Seamwork podcast and listened to your interview. I was captivated by your story and enjoyed very much listening to you. I am 5’10” tall, so have always wanted to be able to make my own clothing since ready-to-wear seems to forget us long-waisted gals. I’ve mastered skirts, but still get frustrated making tops and dresses that don’t end up looking decidedly …. well, “homemade,” so I’ve stuck mostly to sewing costumes and purses.

    Over the past few years I’ve put on weight and am currently a size 14 (18-20 in standard pattern size). Finding it even harder now to find ready-to-wear that fits and flatters, I’ve resurrected my interest in learning how to sew clothing again.

    Thank you for your boldness. You are beautiful, talented and such an inspiration! I look forward to following your blog. Oh, and cheers to the cake!! 🙂

  17. Barbara Heathcote November 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    So happy to have come upon your blog Jenny! I love your fun posts, fashion forward sense and the beautiful use of color and fabric! I’ll be coming back often to visit! Thanks!

  18. Elizabeth McKee November 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    I’m so excited!! I’m 30 and JUST started sewing a few months ago. The only clothing item I’ve made is a long, very full, tulle skirt for Halloween. I can’t wait to make some of your patterns and learn more about the craft. Thank you so much for doing this and putting your love out there.

  19. Lisa December 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    Stumbled on your blog/website a few months – very impressed with what you’re doing here! I’m looking forward to sewing with you soon. My curvy part is below the waist – have never needed FBA, sadly, but if that B stands for “butt,” we can talk … Thanks for what you’re doing here on this site and with your excellent pattern design!

  20. Una Softic (@una_softic) December 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm #

    Jenny, you are fabulous! I just stumbled upon your blog searching for some knit sewing tips – and I was mesmerized! Your projects, tips and way of writing is beautiful > and I am very impressed by your perfect cuts and stitches, my projects are never that neat!

    I live in Japan and just returned from morning shopping in Nippori, seeing such a thorough article about Japanese shops on your blog was also a great surprise. Do you live in Japan?

    Each body is a beautiful canvas, and the way you create and wear your designs makes curves the standard! Wonderful!

    I’m signing up for your newsletter and looking forward to your next posts!

    • Jenny Cashmerette December 23, 2015 at 7:31 am #

      Hi Una – thanks for your lovely words! No I don’t live in Japan, though I’d love to – I was just on vacation there earlier this year and thought I’d collate everything that I learned in one place! Thanks for reading, Jenny

  21. Cat G January 13, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    Can I ask you a question … I remember something on one of your newsletters that was something like “grading the easy way” …. I thought I saved it, but alas I cannot find it now. Any idea how to get me to that? Thanks so much!!

  22. Chris March 1, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    Just read your articles over at Seamwork! I enjoyed them both so very much, especially the Field Guide. It was my early morning chuckle! You go girl!

  23. Simone June 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    I love the skirt you are wearing in your about me section, what’s the name of the fabric?

    • Jenny Rushmore June 2, 2016 at 8:47 pm #

      It’s just a striped lace, but it’s from years ago now I’m afraid!

  24. Robin Laber July 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    God bless you Jenny. I just purchased your Appleton and Upton dress patterns and I am so thrilled with your instructions for grading between sizes since my bust is a 24, my hips are a 26 and my waist is a 28. Your directions are so clear. I am getting so excited to get to the cutting and construction steps. I cannot remember ever feeling this good about adjusting a pattern to fit my ample curvy body. Usually I want to cry but today I feel blessed. Thank you and God bless you again.

  25. Helle Bringgaard July 29, 2016 at 5:29 am #

    I alm from Denmark and i’m cracy about your patterns BUT i’m going to pay taxes and so it become very expensive i’m sorry so that’s why i’m not bying

  26. Debbie October 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Sorry to use this venue for my question. A long while back you shared your favorite place to purchase tights. At the time I saved the web sight but have since lost it. Can you please share again. Thank you.

    • Jenny Rushmore October 31, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

      Hi Debbie – my favourite place is Marks & Spencers, in the UK. You can also order them abroad, and they often have promotional offers with free shipping.

  27. Marilyn November 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    Hi Jenny, I am a new reader and love what I have seen so far of your site. The sleeve alteration for a larger arm was very helpful and easy to understand as well as the full bust approach.

    I have an idea that we use at our American Sewing Guild retreats for raising the height of the cutting tables: we put a piece of PVC pipe the right length on each leg to extend the height. We get big enough pipe to slip over each leg and it slides up to where the table leg curves. We usually raise the tables about 8-10″. I hope this makes sense. It works like a charm!

    I look forward to spending more time perusing your site. You are full of great ideas and information!

  28. Michele Svedberg November 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Please, please, please make a sleeve opening alteration and sleeve pattern for the Upton. I’ve made two muslins for my daughter for a winter dress and she didn’t fit into either. I would love to use your pattern for a woven dress for her but we need sleeves.

  29. Chani Hutto December 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi Jenny, is non-stretchy rayon a suitable fabric for the Turner pattern?

  30. Anuj Agarwal June 15, 2017 at 8:00 am #

    Hi Jenny,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Cashmerette – Plus Size Sewing has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Sewing Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/sewing_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Sewing Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

  31. Anuj Agarwal June 17, 2017 at 2:25 am #

    Hi Jenny,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Cashmerette | Plus Size Sewing has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Dressmaking Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/dressmaking_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Dressmaking Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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