Hi everyone! I’m Laquana and I’m super excited to share how I sew for my curves.
What are your measurements/body shape?
Upper Bust: 42”
Bra Size: 40DDD
Typical Pattern Size: 22/24
Typical RTW size: 18/20
Body Shape: Rectangle/ Figure 8
What adjustments do you typically make when sewing?
- Height adjustment, I usually add 3” to skirts and 1.5” to pants
- Lower bust darts (usually 1.5” to 2”) My DDD’s are no longer perky!
- Forward shoulder and Sloping shoulder adjustment, thanks to bad posture and a desk job, I make a 5/8” adjustment.
- Hollow chest adjustment thanks to my forward shoulders
- Sway back adjustment, I usually make a 5/8” to ¾” adjustment (baby got back).
- I have to grade up on bottoms as I usually fall outside size 24 on patterns depending on the built in ease.
- Bicep adjustment, I usually add 1.5” to 2 ”, My guns are pretty big.
- Sleeve length, I usually add an inch.
Whew, that’s a lot!
What are your favorite/go-to styles and sewing patterns?
Skirts and Dresses are my favorite and go to for patterns and garments. I love the feminine look of a dress and the ease of construction. As an advanced beginner, I’m working on perfecting pants, but skirts and dresses are a lot easier so in the past, they have been my go to. Also, I’m super lazy and dresses, especially knit dress that don’t require ironing are my favorite things to wear! Now that I’m challenging myself, I’ve made more separates and I’ve ventured into pants/shorts. My style is best categorized as classic functional chic with pops of color and print.
I’m not the only person who loves this pattern and I’ve made it numerous time and each time, I’ve done something completely different in fabric choice and overall construction/design/styling. I’ve made M6886 as is and I’ve hacked it to make it an off the shoulder long tunic. I love this pattern!
The only pattern I can sew with minor tweaking right out the package. My forward shoulders prevent me from making most tops without adjustments, but not having to do a bust adjustment and sway back adjustment, I love that! I also really enjoy the interactive community and tutorials/sewalongs, win, win!
I love the ability to use a pattern and garment in many different ways, dressing it up or down and having workhorse pieces in my closet. I love a structured statement jacket and high low tops, they both add visual interest to an outfit and they add a little something fun to what I’m wearing.
As a relatively new sewist, I try everything! Patterns are fair game because I don’t know what will work unless I match up fabric and styling. In saying that, I’m super picky and hyper sensitive about fit. I’ll try any style, but the fit has to be spot on and flattering. What I’ve done is take what I own and mix and match them with what I’ve made. I love belts, jewelry, jackets, shoes and they help me to make a look work. I always look for patterns with simple lines and fabric withbold prints so I can use a basic pattern to make something seem more complicated than it really is. I love African prints, florals and bold solids.
A woman can’t go wrong with a wrap dress! Wrap dresses are universally flattering and fun to wear. They come in woven, knits, long, short, collared, mock wrap, full wrap, the list goes on! These are two of my favorites, Simplicity 1653 (left) and McCalls 6884 (right).
I promise I didn’t get a bolt of this on sale, I just love the look of the Kente print and I went a little overboard. I love African prints and although I have lots of the same print, I have a few more pieces I just can’t seem to cut into. I really can’t choose a print or pattern most times and there are so many to choose from! (L to R: Cashmerette Springfield Top, Simplicity 8138, Butterick 5211, McCalls 7100)
My glam duster is one of my favorite makes. It was such a simple make, lengthening the cardigan and using a fabulous fabric created this one of a kind statement piece.
I’ve made this pattern three times and I’m still working on perfecting it. I love the look of these pants and I think they are flattering and they have lots of potential. Pants with great drape or from fitting tend to work best for me because I like the overall silhouette. I used Simplicity 8389 to make these pants and I’m currently working on my first pair of jeans.
I have over 600 patterns (don’t judge me) and right now, I’m going back through my wearable muslins and perfecting some of those garments, in many instances remaking them. My goal is get some basic layering functional pieces that I can mix and match. Perfecting my pants and tailored shirts are some of my goals along with just having a good time sewing. In the past, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy on trendy pieces that were not functional so my goal is to get some things in my closet that will get lots of wear.
I think when it’s all said and done, everything is fair game if you’re comfortable in it and it fits our lifestyle! I enjoy sewing for myself, and I enjoy trying new things so I plan to work on gowns, coats, pants, couture, etc… Whatever I sew, it needs to fit into my lifestyle and I need to be comfortable in it. I pick fabrics with a nice drape and fabrics that are comfortable with great designs and colors. I then work on patterns that are balanced and fit within my goals of having a functional wardrobe. My goal is not to look “smaller” but to look stylish, balanced, appealing, put together and intentional.