Sewing the Curve: Learn How to Sew Clothes to Boost Your Wardrobe and Your Confidence
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Learning to sew your own clothes can be utterly life changing. Forget squeezing into ill-fitting garments which aren’t to your taste, or struggling to find anything in your size—once you can sew, you can make a whole closet of clothes, in any style or fabric, to fit your body.
But learning to sew can be intimidating if you’ve never picked up a needle, and even more so if you’re not in the size range of a lot of beginner patterns or sewing books. Having to learn sewing skills AND learn how to make patterns bigger can be overwhelming, and if you’re coming to sewing to help you feel better about your body, it can even end up making you feel worse.
Sewing the Curve will teach you how to sew a closet of gorgeous garments. Beginner-friendly, this book will take you from threading your machine to completing your first garment that fits and expresses your personal style. And, it comes with 6 patterns (worth over $130!) in sizes 12–32 and cup sizes C–H, so you can practice and master new skills on patterns made for bodies just like yours.
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Beginner and up
12 to 32, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
- Montvale Dress & Tunic
- Randolph Skirt
- Eustis Top
- Ardley Pants
- Fairfax Jacket
- Elmley Dress
Hardcover, 192 pages
Photos by Linda Campos
The patterns come as printed patterns in an envelope at the back of the book. They are printed double sided and should be traced before use. The patterns are also available as digital downloads (in print-at-home and copyshop file versions, which work as project files), using a download code contained in the book.
Montvale Dress & Tunic
This swingy, breezy woven dress and tunic comes with sleeveless and drop-sleeved options, and has side-seam pockets. The drop-sleeved tunic is the ideal first garment to make!
A chic wrap skirt in midi or knee length, the Randolph can be made for any season depending on the fabric you use.
The Eustis is a curve-friendly t-shirt with elevated options! Make your Eustis with a puffy gathered sleeve and elasticated wrists, or create a more classic look with the straight sleeve in short or long lengths.
These elasticated-waist pants with straight legs and a drawstring are so versatile: use fun jersey for PJs or heavier fabrics such as ponte or French terry for a trendy athleisure look. Plus, there’s the option of roomy pockets.
Finally, a quilted jacket designed for bigger boobs! The Fairfax can be made out of pre-quilted fabric, but I’ll also teach you how to quilt your own, along with how to finish the patch pockets and curved edges with gorgeous contrast binding.
Showcase your new sewing skills with the Elmley, a sophisticated sheath dress with sleeveless or flutter sleeve variations and a full lining. Make the dress of your dreams for the office—or even your next evening event.
A great range of simple patterns that are all wardrobe staples. I am an experienced sewer and I can use the patterns in this book as a great starting point for design creativity. I have already used the Elmley darted dress bodice to sew a one shoulder lined sequin dress. As a sloper it is a good design. The pictured dress has the flutter sleeve extended to wrist length with a trim of feathers. I added a waist seam and a self drafted half circle skirt.
Highly recommend this book to beginners as a starting point, then when you want expert and easy to understand fitting solutions, get 'Ahead of the Curve'. Thank you Jenny!
I have just finished reading Jenny's second book, "Sewing the Curve", and am starting the first pattern. I have picked up so many good habits from it and highly recommend this book for beginning sewers. Even though I am an experienced sewer, at 96 years old I have days of forgetting a lot and am trying to recharge my brain through Jenny's instructions! I intend to make all of the patterns that are part of this new book and appreciate the simplicity she displays for the beginners. I advise all users to add to their learning by going to the many videos she recommends, and the "s" icons for reviewing parts of the text in the "Sewing Skills 101" section. The sew-alongs in the videos are very helpful. The book is well worth the price. Thank you! Juanita Hall
I love your first book and find it very helpful but the second is dealing with patterns that are all too big for me. I'm mostly a 10 petite
This is a great resource for the beginner, but also for more experienced sewists. The 6 patterns are awesome, basic patterns which can be easily hacked, and make the book worth every penny, even if you are more experienced at sewing. The sewalong videos on the Cashmerette site and YouTube are handy additions to already clear written instructions. Be sure to pair this with Ahead of the Curve for fitting, and more patterns!
I have just received my eBook copy and the only I can say is I LOVE IT