I just had to share with you how much I have enjoyed the Shapely blouse pattern from your book. I have made 3 of them with the cap sleeve. They fit so perfectly, it is such a wonderful feeling to know that I can actually button the front and I feel thinner with all the shaping!!! I have worn this pattern with jeans, skirts, cropped pants and it looks fantastic. I have tried every pattern company out there, the big 4, some of the independents but NONE have fit me like your patterns. I have just ordered the wrap front dress and the yoked blouse. I can't wait to try them. Thank you so much, your patterns are wonderful. I love to sew clothes but fit is what is so important. Your presentation to our ASG group (Silverdale, WA) was so positive about accepting who you are and looking your best that it is something I have never forgotten.
Sincerely, Nancy Olson
I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the Jeans pattern and the yoked blouse. I've received many compliments on both. In fact my friend kept asking what store I bought the jeans in and my other friend couldn't believe I made them. They are my all time favorites. I love the sweater pattern too and have made a lot of T-shirts from it.
Having patterns that fit me with only a few minor alterations has made sewing my own clothes so much more enjoyable and I have gained so much more self confidence thanks to you. I still sew for the grandchildren and my home, but sewing for me gets equal time, and I'm loving it.
Thanks for your super patterns
I think you have the best understanding of fit for women with our issues that I've ever seen. For some reason I keep buying ones from the Big 4 (when they're 99 cents, of course!), but those always end up being so much more complicated (or impossible) to fit properly. If not for having to adjust for my B cup bust size, I could use most of your designs right out of the package. Thank you, Kathleen!
The video is amazing. I have a few videos on constructing a jacket, but yours is by far the most informative. The step-by-step instructions are so simple, clear and concise.
I am happy that I bought the video and would recommend it highly to others.
Emma S, Oklahoma City OK
I teach sewing (beginners to professionals). Every one of my students just bought a copy of your book, Perfect Plus to use in the classroom. We are all in need of a new wardrobe and this seemed to be the answer. Some of my students are absolute beginners, yet this book seems tailor-made for all the different levels of expertise in the class. We're now planning a shopping trip to a nearby city to get the fabric so we can get started. Thank you!
Katrina Alanko, Gravenhurst ON
I received Perfect Plus yesterday. I just made a muslin from the Simple Slimming Jacket pattern included in the book. Wow, even the muslin looks good! So, now I am on my way to creating a wardrobe for myself. I am so inspired to sew for myself again. Your patterns are classic and meet the need for those of us who are "plus and short". (I am so tired of trying to adjust patterns designed for taller, slim figures.)
I also made a jacket from your Jeans Jacket pattern #204, with few alterations. It is my favorite to wear. Thank you again.
Sigrid Petrie, Longbranch WA
Perfect Plus is wonderful. Very well done! You have covered everything in a clear, easy to understand format. You have covered everything one needs to know to have a wardrobe that is attractive and fits well. All one need add is a little creativity in choosing their own fabrics. Kudos to you.
I teach sewing, design, and fit in the Baltimore, Maryland, area. Today a student tried on a muslin of your All Season Dress pattern #303. Her figure is exactly the type that your patterns are designed for. There will be some slight changes needed, but very few and minor ones. Just wanted to tell you how impressed I am. And I certainly will recommend your patterns to other students who have figures that you cut for. I also do custom work, and I'll definitely keep your patterns in mind for my customers as well. Great contribution to the sewing community!
Thank you for your fabulous Jeans Jacket Pattern. I have tried to make jean jackets before and have never been satisfied with the fit. I decided to try your pattern #204 and was absolutely astonished at how beautifully it went together. Thank you, thank you!!!
I made the jean jacket in black and white toile twill accented with black windowpane check on the collar, cuffs, pocket and bottom band. The jacket fits perfectly and looks very chic! Each time I wear it, people compliment me on it. This pattern is definitely a winner!
I am also thinking of modifying the pattern to a vest without sleeves for summer. I don't think the armholes are too big and if they are, I can fix that easily.
I am so happy as I was about to give up on making clothes for myself. Now, Iíll be using more of your patterns, for sure! Thank you again.
Karen Hayes, Davis CA
Judy Franck of Penticton BC makes beautiful sleep wear with the #401 Nightgown PJ's pattern. Here are two photos she sent along showing inlaid lace and embroidery on satin. Beautiful Judy! Thanks for sharing.
I made the Walking Skort #651 finally this past week and have to say, it is a nicely designed pattern for looks and function. The divided skirt gives room, movement and a nice line, the pants are roomy enough but not too much and I can see this as a nice garment for golf in the hot season. Since I don't have the build or the legs of the Rockettes I do not wear shorts very much but I like this pattern and I am just sorry it took me so long to decide to try it. I have started a second pair. I have also made a few of the Button Front Shirt #103. The design is also very good, the lines good and the long sleeve a breeze to make with the wrist tuck. I'll keep sewing if you will keep designing!
Barb McKnight, Goderich, ON
I have just made up the Shapely Shirt #104. I have always admired the shape of it. Although I am 5'7" all my height is in my legs and when I measured myself I found I fit your size 14 perfectly. The only alteration I did was to extend the back dart higher as I am quite narrow across the back. A really lovely shirt that I know I'll be making again.
Stephanie Reekie, Perpetual Patterns, Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Kathleen, I'm doing the SWAP on Stitcher's Guild and am using some of your patterns. I made up two of the All Season Dress, View A and also a Shapely Shirt. I love how great they all look! Hope you like them too.
Lisette Carrithers, Hamden, CT
The video on sewing jackets arrived a few days ago - and I have been glued to it in my off hours. It is so well done, and Kathleen, I can see why sewers feel as though you are a friend. I have already put what I've learned to use on a problem with the back vent on a purchased wool dress. I am treating it as you demonstrated the sleeve vent in the video and it's looking great. Thank you.
I have been looking for ages for patterns for what I term "the normal people with a bit of class" and from looking at your site I think I have at last found, to quote an old song - Oh sweet mystery of life at last I've found thee. Many thanks for such an interesting site.
Edith Osborne, England
I just wanted to thank you for Petite Plus Patterns. They have been so wonderful to work with, and have saved me literally weeks of fitting time. I am enclosing a picture of a suit I made using Pattern # 202. It fit like a dream with very little altering once the pattern was cut from the fabric. Many thanks.
Wendy Hays, Idaho Falls, ID
I have been looking for patterns to fit me for a long time. I saw Petite Plus Patterns a few years ago in a sewing magazine but thought, "oh yeah here we go again!" I read some of the testimonials & thought these can't be true, these people are just being nice. In November 2005 I decided to take a chance and order a few Petite Plus Patterns. When I got them I was so excited. I began with the Button Front Blouse #103. I didn't make any alterations. No problems, and to my utter amazement the blouse FIT ME! Boy was I happy! The bust darts were a little too high but I spoke to Kathleen and she explained how to fix the problem easily. I am really kicking myself for not getting these patterns sooner. Now that I have found MY PATTERNS, I have 11 of them that will make my complete wardrobe. I am so happy to have patterns that aren't going to take the joy out of sewing and I can get rid of the boxes of other patterns that I thought were good. Thanks Kathleen you are a life saver!
Jeannie McGaughey Mission, BC
I just made the #601 Flat Front Pant. They fit the first time around including the stomach area which has been my main problem. The length did not even have to be adjusted. I am barely 5' and an experienced seamstress but I have always hated making pants. I just want to say thanks for the great fit and a truly petite plus pattern.
I really love all your patterns. Most of them are simple enough for beginning sewers and the things I have made did not need any modifications -- its as if you custom made them for me! You made sewing fun again.
It is so cool to be able to sew again without spending two hours altering a pattern. I fit your size 18 pattern perfectly. I find that the pattern designers for the "Big" patterns companies think that we with curves want Boxy clothing when just the opposite is true. I find if I put a boxy garment on.... I.... well, look like a box. Thanks for making things with curves.
Melissa Calhoun, Portland, OR
I am 5'6" but the trunk of my body is quite short while my legs are very long. I really like the #601 Flat Front Pant. The waist, hip and crotch of the pants fit very well. I just add 1 inch above the knee and 1 inch below the knee for my long legs and that's all I have to do with the pattern. I make a size 16 without any alterations to your top numbers 101 and 103. Never before have I been able to do that with standard patterns. I am not quite plus size, but I am short waisted. Even when I weighed less, I had to shorten the upper part of my patterns. Now that I am a D cup it is hard to fit into ready to wear clothes. If it fits in the bust area, the neck and shoulders are way too big and the waistline is too long. Your patterns are not just for short women. Average height women with bodies like mine enjoy the luxury of a perfect fit with one very simple adjustment for length.
I have just learned to sew (4 months now), and as my second project I tried your flat front pants because I can never find pants that fit right in the stores. Well, I followed all of the measuring instructions in the pattern and sewed them up. I LOVE THEM!!!! They actually fit! I couldn't believe it! The instructions on altering the pattern to fit one's body measurements were great! Thorough and easy to understand. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I am now making a second pair and can't wait to have them finished! This is wonderful! I saw your online catalog and am interested in trying some of your other patterns too. Please keep expanding your offerings!
I just wanted to let you know that I made the short sleeve shell blouse and it went together wonderfully and fit very well. I didn/t have to shorten 4-5 in. as I do regularly. The smaller seam allowance worked well especially in the armscye and neckline- no excess material to fight with. Your indications for the use of interfacing made a big difference in how the blouse looked- it made a trim, neat fit, especially the hemline and side vents. I am now on to trying the skort as golf season is coming to the east soon. Will keep your website on my favorites and visit you regularly.Thanks for making sewing and most importantly fit, fun again.
I sat in last year at the Victoria Sewing Show on one of your workshops and again this year. I need to tell you you are an inspirational speaker, a calming influence on emotions, someone who makes people feel good about who we are and reinforce that although we may not be a perfect size 8, or even a perfect size 18 we are a wonderful addition to the world in which we live. Yours was the last class I attended on Sunday (wardrobe wow), I left the show exhausted, inspired to try new things and specifically understanding from your seminar that I truly am my own best customer. I purchased your pants pattern, intend on purchasing the shirt and jacket patterns and know that I will make these, wear them with pride and as I stand facing front on in the mirror I will know (and believe) that I look good.Thank you and I hope to catch one of your seminars again next year.
I wanted to write and tell you how much I absolutely love the #104 Shapely Shirt. I can't believe I could just sew it out of the envelope. My fitting instructor is never going to believe it- it took 3 weeks to get a plain blouse to fit in her class. I am going to start on the Tux vest tonight in white linen and make a white linen skirt to go with all of it. I am so thrilled. I'd like to take 2 weeks off and do nothing but sew up your patterns!
Lisette Carrithers, New Haven, CT
I arrived home at 6:30PM and found your patterns in the mailbox and immediately studied them and took measurements in a mirror. I began with the short sleeved shell. The shoulders and neckline fit so well on the first try. It doesn't look like a sack on me, it's shaped for the bust and leaves plenty of room for the tummy and big abdomen. Your measurements and adjustments were just what was needed. I was so impressed with your instructions that I had to write now. Your instructions were extremely clear and very easy to follow. They were far better than anything I have seen ANYWHERE!! I have studied at least 15 books on fitting and pattern adjustments, along with lots of Threads articles and websites. I am grateful that there is someone out there who has experience with these figure challenges, understands and can communicate so effectively. I thank you for your efforts and wish you great success with your business.
You've really got petite plus figures down to a science!
I have a few Petite Plus Patterns and love the detailed directions -- it's like have a sewing tutor on hand while I complete the project!
I am just writing to let you know how much I learned from your seminars regarding fitting at the Sewing and Craft Fair in Victoria. Your method of bringing people from the audience and showing the fitting step to correct each situation just clicked with me. It was very informative. Thank you so much.
Carol Bliss, Vernon, BC
It certainly was my pleasure to see you at the Abbotsford sewing show. If I ever won on the Lotto my dream would be to pick up the cheque wearing a Kathleen Cheetham creation because I know my outfit would fit properly, making me look my best.
Sheila Ann Slade, Abbotsford, BC
Dear Kathleen: Perhaps you remember me from last year's sewing expo in Denver, I helped out in your booth. I am the pattern reviewer for our Denver American Sewing Guild magazine called "The Thread Affair" and I have a regular column there. Attached you will find two of my reviews of your patterns. I am glad you are targeting the petite plus group, and hope these reviews get the word out. Sew cheerfully.
Dr. Joy Landeira, Boulder, CO
#150 - Tuxedo Wrap Vest
#201 - Zip Front Jacket
Even though I have not yet cut and sewed the pattern (I needed to get some sleep before coming to work today), I was so impressed with your instructions that I had to write now. Your instructions were extremely clear and very easy to follow. They were far better than anything I have seen ANYWHERE!! I have studied at least 15 books on fitting and pattern adjustments, along with lots of Threads articles and websites. I was ready to draft my own out of sheer exasperation. I will let you know how it turns out - I suspect it will go well, based on eyeing the pattern pieces.
A few days later:
I am now at the final steps of the short sleeved shell garment ... I just need to hem and sew the button on. I am now even more impressed. This fits far better than any outer clothing I have sewn in years, and on the first try, thanks to your adjustment guides. Again, thanks so much for your hard work and commitment to these fitting challenges, and your clear and concise directions. I have been too discouraged to sew clothing lately... I have stuck mostly to sewing my bras and custom swimwear because I could get them to fit right. I hope you will have many more patterns to come.
I have just made up your pants pattern 601 in muslin. They fit in the crotch!!! I am soooo excited. I have been crazed trying to find or alter a pattern that is short enough in the front and big enough in the rear, and not too big in the legs. Yours is perfect. Just wanted to let you know you have a very happy customer.
Ruth Einsig, Orlando FL
Petite Plus Patterns were featured once again in SewNews. To see what they had to say in their July 2003 issue about using our patterns for some "summer-fresh" ideas, click here
I had a wonderful July long weekend of SEWING!! I made two #151 Tunic Length Vests and a #103 Button Front Blouse. I followed the fitting instructions exactly, starting with a size 16, and enlarging its D cup front for my DDD bust. I was a bit confused when it came time to move the dart, but then I thought, just quit thinking and just follow the instructions! I'm happy with the results, and it's by far the best fitting garment I've sewn in a long time. Your instructions are very thorough, and full of helpful details. I love how the hems turned out with interfacing. Thanks as well for the great tips on directional stitching and under stitching. I'm receiving lots of compliments on the vests and blouse. I've paired them up with a new leather skirt. Their silhouette and below hip length look great with a tight, short skirt!
Marie Fidoe, Victoria, BC
Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful Flat Front Pant pattern. I've only sewn around 20 garments. Mostly I've made purses and home decorator items because I've had trouble making things fit. I made the pants for my Mom yesterday morning. They look great on her and with your easy to follow instructions, I was able to make them fit to a "T". Not to pat myself on the back, but we both feel that they are the best pants we have seen on her. Thanks again.
FROM A MOTHER:
Your patterns are terrific. Because of you, my daughter has started to sew. She is a 4 foot 10 inch Petite Plus. The styles are great for her!
Tina Weiss, Squamish, BC
AND A FEW MONTHS LATER, FROM HER DAUGHTER:
I just started sewing last year and have made almost everything you have out so far. I love being able to add to my wardrobe anytime I want and make things that fit me...not someone 5' 10" (and have to cut half the outfit off or have the sleeves hang down to my knees!) My mom is happy too now that I have an interest in sewing. Thanks for making patterns that are easy to follow, easy to adjust for me personally, and that fit me just right!
I have wept in too many dressing rooms. Now I'm going back to my trusted sewing machine.
Caroline Griffith, New Haven, CT
I love your patterns. I have most of them. One of the great things about your patterns is that I can just cut them out, sew them up and have something that fits. You have spoiled me!
Ada Hathaway, Cedar Rapids, IA
I recently had my first experience modeling at the Denver Creative Festival. I'm almost 50, short and pudgy, so modeling wasn't something I expected. I helped Kathleen Cheetham exhibit her Petite Plus Pattern samples. I had fun, probably because the clothes are very pretty, and they fit! There were five models one day, and four the next for the fashion show, and we were all different shapes, heights, and sizes. We all looked delightful in these patterns. The sizing is perfect for women who are size 14 - 24 +, but aren't 7 feet tall with Rosie Grier's neck.
Caroline Gensheimer, Ft. Collins, CO
I'd like to tell you that it's nice to finally find a pattern that fits and is easy to adjust. Your directions are very easy to follow.
Margaret Burns, Smithers, BC
Pants are a challenge, and getting the right fit seems to be a sewing priority for everyone. So when I discovered Petite Plus Patterns I couldn't wait to test the pants pattern. Using two different petite plus models, with fitting challenges of opposing extremes, I followed the instructions to whip out muslins for each person. In all honesty, the fit was excellent. Sewing becomes so much easier when you start with a pattern close to your size that you can fine-tune instead of rebuild. I can't wait to try the jackets and blouses.
Threads Magazine,Sept 2002 issue, page 80
So tired of clothes that do not fit. Thank you!!
Susan Carbone, Lancaster, SC
Five years ago, I gave up sewing my clothes because it was too much trouble: before cutting the fabric, I had to shorten all pattern pieces, to add bust darts, to make alterations for narrow shoulders and the tummy, to rescale collars and pockets, ... well to redraw whole patterns... By habit I kept buying sewing magazines like Threads. It is there I found your advertisement. I was intrigued: sewing clothes without hours and hours of making pattern alterations? I wanted clothes with simple lines, easy to combine, easy to dress up or down with different fabrics or accessories. Your patterns just fit the bill. I tried your pants and blouse patterns. All I had to do was to shorten them because I am on the shorter side of petite sizes. Wow! Sewing is fun again. I ordered the rest of your patterns because I want them readily available in my sewing room just in case I find the right fabric or I am in the right mood to sew a new piece. English is my second language and I do not spe!
ak it (or write it) as well as I would like to but I felt important to take the time to send this message to thank you for your fantastic patterns. My English syntax or grammar may be faulty but my thanks are sincere. Please keep the good work. I am impatient to see new PetitePlus patterns published. A very satisfied customer.
Francine Tessier, Quebec
Just had to drop a line to say how pleased I am to see your patterns featured in this month's Threads magazine. I'm sure you are happy to receive this well deserved recognition. I know that my daughter has been feeling very attractive in her garments which, for the first time in her adult life, fit beautifully. We are looking forward to seeing new patterns, and still hope that you will design some great walking shorts to go with the tops and vests. Congratulations.
Gillian Miller, Minnedosa, Manitoba
I have just seen your website for the first time after I saw an article in Threads. I had to write to tell you what a great site I think it is, interesting and easy to navigate. The designs are stylish and look comfortable to wear. I just have to work out now which ones I am going to order. Once again thank you. I had despaired of finding any patterns to fit me, 5 feet tall with a bust and bottom, not a stick insect!!
Janine Bonser, Warwick, United Kingdom
Wonderful! Wonderful! I used your wrap skirt pattern and it was absolutely the best pattern I have ever used. It fit like custom made. I can hardly wait to get the rest!
Suzanne Koidahl, Seattle, WA
Taller women can use Petite Plus Patterns too! I have a large bust, short waist, high hip and large tummy and I am 5' 6". I just added 4" to your tops and 2-4" to the skirts, and the rest was smooth sailing. It was a pleasure not having to alter a pattern for a D cup and the bust point was right on target. Usually, I always have to shorten sleeve lengths but yours were just right for my arm length. I also made both views of the #501 Straight Skirts. They are easy to make, comfortable styles to wear and this is from someone who as a rule does not wear skirts!
Mary Baxter, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Your fashion show in Edmonton did more for me and my friend than I can tell you. I have been sewing for others (heirloom and bridal) for years. Now it's time for me!
Jennifer Taylor, Edmonton, Alberta
I just had the blouse with the v-neck (no. 103) made for me (I don't have time to sew except for my sample garments) and I like it a lot. I put only one button at the top and will wear it as a jacket over a knit top. I love the name of the patterns. So many people don't realize that you can be a plus size AND a petite.
Judy Barlup, Unique Techniques, Bellevue, WA
Taking a commercial pattern from a B cup to a D cup is the pits. With your patterns I am a perfect size. Thanks!
Ada S Hathaway
I am so very pleased to report that my short sleeve shell is a success. I posted my comments to the Just Sew list this morning. I also took my shell to our ASG meeting this weekend and modeled it for them. They were very impressed with the fit. I am so excited to have a pattern that fits. It has been years since I have been able to sew for myself. Thanks so much for your help.
Alice, Las Vegas, NV
I want to thank you for your wonderful patterns. Thanks to you, I'm sewing again. I bought 6 of your patterns at the sewing show and love them. What a treat to sew something and have it fit with a minimum of altering. I use your patterns to help me alter other styles of blouses and tops. People have commented favourably on how well these clothes fit me. There have never been better patterns for me and I am forever grateful!
Maureen Kowand, Edmonton
What beautiful basics! I cannot tell you how glad I am to see a website and garments such as yours. It's about time! All the best to you and your colleagues, and I'll be certain to tell everyone about the garments I make from your patterns. Thanks again!
Lynette Rio, Wheaton, IL
I love the blouse pattern. I didn't have to make one alteration. This has never happened to me before. Its a wonderful feeling. Thank you more than I can express for your patterns.
Ada Hathaway, Cedar Rapids, IA
Boy do the clothes look nice done up in good fabrics. At last, someone is designing patterns for my figure type.
Julie Culshaw, Timmel Fabrics, Halifax, NS
I just finished a muslin of the #601 Flat Front Pant. Nothing I have ever made or bought has fit me so perfectly! The vest is next! Thank you for making it possible for me to make clothing that fits me!
Linda Khamsyvoravong, Barrington, RI
I am a tall person so I don't use Kathleen's patterns but I am impressed with the super fit and style of her patterns. Kathleen is well educated in fashion design and pattern drafting and her garments look terrific on her and her customers.
Barb Alexander, Batik Butik, Victoria, BC