Although I didn’t make these sweaters, I’m posting them because they are a much loved part of my wardrobe that’s handmade, just not by me.
This is one of the cardigans that my grandma knitted for herself many years ago out of our merino wool which she spun herself. Fortunately, we were basically the same size so I won a couple of her cardigans and sweaters.
This is another sweater that was knitted by my Grandma for herself that I’m able to wear. It has lovely colour work and while brown, pink & teal seem like strange colours to me, somehow it works.
I’ve been on the hunt for free plus size sewing patterns for beginners and have accumulated quite the list! In order to avoid over-saturation I’m going to release a list of 10 twice a week until I run out. I hope there will be plenty to inspire you! If you’re a pattern designer and you offer a free plus size sewing pattern, please get in touch!
There were so many amazing versions of this on the internet, but in order to fully recreate I probably should do a FBA, but there’s so many bits to adjust that I probably never will.
Originally, I couldn’t wear the dress at all because the serging/overlocking thread made me so itchy! Fortunately, the scratchiness has died down, and I no longer notice any itchy feelings at all.
I omitted the back zip and reduces the height of the front neckline by
quite a bit. I forgot to account for the removal of the zip and had to
insert a little pleat below the back yolk to make things line up.
Sizing Details: I sewed a size J, but probably could have sized down.
In short: the drafting is great, it’s easy to mash two different sizes together and this was such a quick sew!
Sizing Details: I made a size 24 top and size 26 bottom. There’s a lot of ease in this, so lots of folks are sizing down. I like the ease she’s drafted in- it makes a super comfortable and luxurious jumpsuit!
I made this top in some slightly shiny brick coloured cotton fabric which I got for the grand sum of $2 per metre from The Fabric Store. I wore this top a lot last summer, and devised an ingenious method for wrapping the ties around my bra strap before tying, if I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t showing.
Sizing Details: The instructions step you through drafting the top for your own measurements, so there’s no sizing to speak of here. I tried to ensure that the back ties were quite wide, so that they covered more of my back as they met, but that’s entirely up to you as you are drafting.
I think this pattern is perfect for beginner plus size sewists!