I started the Curvy Sewing Collective with Mary because I’m passionate about getting more plus size women sewing and blogging about it. Lots of sewists start out because they’re frustrated with stores that don’t carry their size (I struggle, and I’m a US average size 14!), but it can be hard to get the courage to take lots of photos of yourself, start a blog and put yourself out there. Plus size women are under-represented in sewing blogs, pattern testing, pattern company photoshoots and sewing competitions- that’s something we want to change! We’re hoping that the CSC not only can help you get all the resources you need to make fabulous, well-fitted clothes, but to also encourage more women to be confident about their bodies and join the sewing blogosphere.
I first got into sewing when a co-worker came to work in an amazing striped skirt – and when I asked her where it was from she said “IKEA!”. I was confused. Until she explained that she’d sewed it, and it was like a beam of light came down from above and magical harps started playing and I thought…. now THAT is something I’d like to do.
It’s taken me quite a while to get to the point of being able to make clothes that (I think) could pass for RTW, with my crowning glory so far being a tailor made coat this winter. But there’s so much still to do! Boning! Bras! Proper tailoring! And…. scariest of all…. trousers!
In the meantime, I stick with my good old TNTs. My top ones are Simplicity 2343 (perfect straight skirt with excellent pockets), Christine Jonson’s perfect wrap dress (which I’ve hacked to make it only 3 pattern pieces), and the Colette Sorbetto which is my go-to staple top for summer.