Saturday, October 23, 2021

Ahead of the Curve by Jenny Rushmore

Y'all I knew when Jenny first decided to write this book and I was all for it!  She has learned so much and become such a wonderful resource to the sewing plus size community! I LOVE her Cashmerette Pattern line so you know I was beyond thrilled to learn about the book and to pre-order a copy.

However, Jenny being the amazing person she is offered me an advance copy and that's what this blog post is about.  I didn't cancel my pre-order so if you were wanted a copy and haven't pre-ordered yet, I will be giving that book away.  More details to come later!

So onto the book ~

First Impressions...

I own several sewing books that came with patterns and sewing instructions.  But I love, love, love that the pattern envelope is sealed to the back of the book. I will ALWAYS know where those pattern pieces are.  Which I will admit as a sewist that's starting to age, is really important.

Next I love that the book opens flat.  While it has the perquisite information on sewing tools, the fact that Jenny opens with sharing her sewing story is wonderful. Personally I love hearing how people came to this artform so to me it's the perfect beginning for the book.

Moving On...

  • The book is separated into three parts - Preparation, Fitting and Patterns.  
  • It has wonderful illustrations and pictures in each section. 
  • Also each section is chock full of sewing and fitting information. 
  • Jenny even has a section on mobility fitting.
  • The fitting starts at the top of your body (shoulders/neck) and proceeds all the way to your calves with extra special care taken to the bust (FBA/SBA) and back areas.
  • Jenny used real sewists as her models and featured each one in their own section, including my sewing friend, Dibs!

There are five patterns included in the book - 2 dresses, a tank, a raglan sleeve tee and a pair of flat front pants with elastic in the back waist. The size range is from a US 12 - 32/UK 16-36.  Honestly I'm most excited about working on a pair of pants using Jenny's step by step fitting instructions.

Now I know you want to see more pictures of the book so here is a sneak peek...

If you want to see more, please check out Jenny's IG account where she's shared several of the finished garments and more information about the book!

I own ALOT of sewing books - have a complete library of them - with their own place of honor in my apartment. I'm so very happy to add this book to the Library. But more than that, I'm thrilled to have a sewing guide to assist me in getting a well fitted pants pattern.

Like many others, I've gained some pandemic weight due to staying home, surgery, meds and lack of movement.  My TNT pants pattern wasn't fitting well pre-pandemic. I knew I needed to revise it but just wasn't up to it because  I'm not a huge fan of pants these days. However, I'm working from the office 2 days a week now and pants just work better in the colder weather. So I was really looking forward to the book for that reason.

Lastly, my "mostest" favorite part of the book is where Jenny dedicates it to Josephine her daughter...serious heart swoon!  I highly recommend that you get a copy of this book, you won't be disappointed!

Hopefully you will hang around as I document my process of making pants using the Magna Pants pattern from "Ahead of the Curve" sewing book! always more later!


  1. Thank you for your review. Been thinking about this book a lot. The few pages look great and I hear you about having the patterns in an envelope in the book 😎. I will be following your pants fitting with interest as we have similar fitting issues. Have a blessed day Arohanui.

  2. I've preordered mine through Amazon. Can't wait to work my way through it. I need good instructions on pants fitting too!

  3. I received my book the other day and I love it. Like you I own many sewing books and this one is one of the best. The illustrations for adjustments are fantastic and I didn't realise some of the adjustments I should be making. Love, love, love it.

  4. Thanks for the detailed review. Hopefully I can snag one! Definitely something I want for reference.

  5. So excited to get my book in Nov. cannot wait to see your pants making journey.

  6. I did some testing and the patterns are awesome! I love the tank and the tee and need to add more to my closet. I also need to work on the pants. thanks for sharing. g

  7. I'm so excited for this book! Can't wait for my copy to arrive.

  8. When she announced her book I knew I wanted it as she started sharing the patterns I knew I definitely wanted it and pre-ordered anxiously awaiting for it to arrive

  9. I love the look of the pants. They remind me of Laura Petrie's slim fit pants (Dick Van Dyke Show 1960s). I really want a pair. Looking forward to your journey and the book

  10. I have a ton of books as well but grabbed this one. Her craftsy class and online fitting classes are amazing.

  11. I was wondering what type of patterns were included. Now I know and may have to get the book. Thanks!


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