Flynn Jacket, In The Folds

Flynn Jacket

The Flynn Jacket from In The Folds has a size range of 29 7⁄8″-51 5⁄8″ Bust, 33″-54 3⁄4″ Hip

I made a size “I”, which was going by my bust size. I was part of the original testing group for this jacket and I didn’t make any changes to the pattern apart from making the sleeves slightly shorter

Pattern Sizing:
The pattern is available in 10 sizes (A – J, which equates to Australian sizes 6-24)
In the folds sizes run from a 30-52″ (76-131cm) bust and 33-55″ (84-139cm) hip and they’re all drafted for a B cup and someone who is 5’7″ (170cm) tall

Although I’m technically sized out of the In The Folds size range by 1 inch, I didn’t make the largest available size of the jacket, and I think that I definitely didn’t need to ‘size-up’.

Flynn Jacket

I really like this pattern, although the pockets are a little low for me to reach in to comfortably, except when I’m sitting down! Because it would be a bit of a mission to change that, I’ll probably never change the pattern to do anything about that!

Probably my favourite part of this pattern is the box pleat at the back of the jacket, along with the style line (which is also where the facing sits), I think this makes the jacket look especially classy from the back.

The jacket calls for bottom-weight fabric, and I was at a bit of a loss so went with this denim, but I’d love a way to make the jacket in a more fancy-work-appropriate-fabric.
The sleeves were almost comically long on me, but that’s an easy enough fix for the next iteration of this jacket (which is definitely coming once I find the perfect fabric)!

Cornell Shirt from Elbe Textiles

Cornell Shirt

The Cornell Shirt from Elbe Textiles is a non-gendered pattern available from 30.5-54.5″ (78-138cm) hip and 32-56″ (82-142cm) chest, the finished measurements on the chest and hip of this shirt go up to 70″ or 178cm

Elbe Cornell Shirt

I love shirts and I especially love grandpa collars but I’m also terrified of buttons (even more so now because my sewing machine was such an absolute jerk trying to sew the button holes on this!

Elbe Cornell Shirt

Size details:
All the juicy details are coming as soon as I find my pattern pieces to confirm what I cut out!

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #19

This Sunday plus-size pattern roundup is an entirely subjectively organised list of things that I like. In order to be included, the patterns will need to have either bust or hip measurements of over 50″, but preferably they’ll have both.

I’ll also only share patterns that I like, either I will have made them or intend to make them. So, this isn’t exactly a ‘new patterns list’, it’s more of a ‘list of patterns Jess likes’!

Number 1, Page Hoodie

The Page Hoodie from Chalk and Notch

Available up to a size 24 or 52″ (132cm) bust, and 53″ (135cm) hips and it also comes with A/B Cup and C/D cup options

Number 2, Aisling Blouse

The Aisling Blouse from Jennifer Lauren Handmade

This top is available in A,B,C and D cups and up to a 49 3/4″ (126.5cm) bust to 53″ (134.5cm) hip.

Number 3, Vera Dress & Top

Vera dress & top from Ploen Patterns

This pattern from Ploen is available up to a size 54 or a 50.4″(128cm) bust, 44″ (112cm) waist and 53.5″ (136cm) seat

Josefine has been trained in pattern design and works as a garment technician

Number 4, Rumana Coat

The Rumana Coat from By Hand London

This jacket is available up to a 51″ (129.5cm) bust and 54″ (137cm) hip

Bonus Pattern: Updated Free Range Slacks

The Free Range Slacks from Sew House 7 is now available up to a 57 1/4″ ( 145cm) and 65″ (165cm) hip

I love the look of Sew House 7’s patterns and I’m so excited to see this size range continue for future patterns.

Michelle Blouse from Schnittchen

Michelle Blouse

I’ve had the Michelle Blouse from Schnittchen printed out for ages, but now that NZ is in lockdown and it’s not possible to print anything, I was finally spurred me on to testing it out (also because I hate buttonholes but love shirts)!

The Schnittchen plus-size patterns up to EU 56 or 53.54″ (136cm) bust and 55.91″ (142cm) hip. The shirt has a wide, swingy cut and a small collar, there is a yoke and a box-pleat in the center back.

Michelle Blouse

It can be sewn up either sleeveless or with sleeves, but rather unusually the sleeveless version is exactly the same as the sleeved version but with bias tape around the armscye.

The pattern doesn’t list finished measurements, and although this arm hole looks very generous, there was no way the sleeve would fit my arm in there, so sleeveless version it is.

michelle Blouse

Size details: I cut out the straight size 56 (the largest side), and it’s too big across the shoulders, but there’s not enough cross over at the front for me to be certain that I wouldn’t flash a lot of people if worn outside of the house, and the shirt is much longer on me than it is on the model. I’d also need to do a very substantial full-bicep adjustment if I wanted to make the version with sleeves!

Would I make this pattern again?

Maybe.. The instructions were quite inscrutable and although the instruction sheet talked about instructions with pictures on the website, I wasn’t able to find any to use. I did quite a bit of head-scratching but I’m still not sure that I sewed things up in the correct order.

I love the aesthetic of the patterns, but I think it would likely be much quicker for me to start with a pattern that fits and adjust to recreate this look rather than spending the time to make the necessary adjustments at the shoulders, hips and the arms too.

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #18

The plus-size pattern roundup this weekend could be a great opportunity to bring up the plus-size pattern hashtag- add a ‘plus’ to the end of the hashtag.

For example, the #ZadieJumpsuit becomes the #ZadieJumpsuitPlus! It’s a great way to ensure that, even for really popular patterns, there’s any easy way to search for folks with bodies like yours in the pattern!

Number 1, Box Box

The Box Box from Merchant and Mills is available up to a size 28 or 55″ bust and 57.5″ hip

I wasn’t able to find any plus-size makers in this pattern- if you’ve made this pattern, let me know!

Number 2, Fauntleroy

The Fauntleroy from Straight Stitch Designs is available up to a size 24 or 50.5″ bust and 53″ hip

Check out this version from Jennifer of weboughtamanor, this pink beauty from Sierra Burrell, Jen of Jugonevas, and this heathered blue make from Maria.

Number 3, Zadie Jumpsuit

The Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory is available up to Size 28, or a 57.5″ hip

I’ve never seen a Zadie Jumpsuit that I didn’t love, so inspiration is easy. Check out Shannon from Raredevice, Gillian from CraftingaRainbow, Erincharter’s peach number, Cat from Itprill, this amazing patterned Zadie, this burgundy number, this bold-pink-check Zadie, Natasja’s gorgeous version, and Vellumblue’s patterned number.

Number 4, Coral Cardigan

The Coral Cardigan from Style Arc has great pockets (that I’ve been seeing a lot of in patterns and I Love Them). Meg made a great white version andthis floral version is dreamy!