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From: joybells
Date: 06-06-2006, 01:39 PM (1 of 5)
:nervous: Hi All!
I am new to this forum and was sewwwwwwwwwwww happy to find this site!

I started quilting by taking a begin. class 10yrs. ago and have made about 15 projects. Can sew a straight line, know my machine pretty well (Pfaff about 5yrs. old), but I am not very confident about learning to sew simple garments.

No classes in our small town. I am looking for any encouragement/think this site will help me a lot. Just want to make simple elastic waist skirt w/nice drape and basic over the head top. Am size 20, so want to get a slimming pattern that is easy. Would also like to learn to make a very easy jumper that is slimming.

User: joybells
Member since: 06-04-2006
Total posts: 1
From: carman
Date: 06-06-2006, 02:02 PM (2 of 5)
just wanted to say welcome to the boards, there are some FINE sewers on this board that I am sure will be a wealth of info for you. :up:
User: carman
Member since: 04-17-2000
Total posts: 692
From: paroper
Date: 06-06-2006, 02:23 PM (3 of 5)
WElcome to the board. When you say that you are size 20 my guess is that is your ready-to-wear size or have you already advanced to the point that you know that your pattern size may be much different? If you haven't realized this yet, take your measurments. They'll be much more accurate if you have a good friend take them for you when you are in your slip. It is hard to get an accurate bust measurment with your arms folded up. You need to look straight ahead, flat footed with your arms down. Don't let them put their finger under the tape measure. Use these measurments plus the sizes in the back of the book to gauge your size. There are all kinds of patterns out there for you to choose from. For ease of looking, try where you'll find Butterick, Vogue and McCalls patterns. You'll also find their "easy" patterns in the books there. is where you'll find their patterns. THe big three, Butterick, McCalls and Simplicity patterns often are on sale at Joanne's and Hancocks fabrics for one or two dollars apiece. The sale brand will rotate. Vogue sometimes goes on sale for 75% off. ONce in a while you'll see them for around $4 on sale.

Another good place to go is Some of those patterns are not readily available and may have to be ordered if you are interested.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: esrun3
Date: 06-06-2006, 09:50 PM (4 of 5)
Welcome Joybells! You'll find a wealth of info here. I agree with Pararoper, be sure to get your measurements taken and use those to determine the size pattern you will need-remember, it is only a number. McCalls has some very nice plus size patterns that are slimming and look easy. I've bought some to make myself but I'm so busy making for my children and grandchildren and trying to get some quilting done that, as usual, my stuff is at the very bottom of the pile!! LOL
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: bridesmom
Date: 06-07-2006, 12:26 AM (5 of 5)
Welcome Joybells! I've been sewing for years and am just learning how to quilt. I'm sure you'll do just fine! Glad to have you aboard.
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
User: bridesmom
Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
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