Personal fitting sloper – pdf from Sewingplums on the many ways of getting one of these.
See also Techniques page sections on
Size and ease.
Dress form – there’s much useful information on choosing and adjusting a dress form in this thread at Stitchers’ Guild.
The Dummy from Hell (this doesn’t happen to everyone who tries these !)
Sewing pattern – choose size, understand markings.
See also Techniques page section on Size and ease.
Using pdf download patterns
Personal croquis (Sewingplums) – to find flattering styles.
These posts suggest pattern books for :
The simplest methods of altering a pattern are described in this post from Sewingplums.
Pattern altering to make new styles – see this page of Sewingplums for links to more posts about altering patterns to make new styles.
Make your own pressing tools – from fabric
Make your own pressing tools – from wood
DIY tool for pressing seams in velvet – video from Threads magazine, scroll down to DIY Faux Velvet Board
pdf from Sewingplums on many approaches to this.