Hand Knits

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.

HandKnit Cardigan

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.

Grandma Knit 2

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.

10 Free Plus Size Sewing Patterns

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!

1. Sorbetto from Colette Patterns

This is one of the OG free Indie patterns.

Size: Available up to size 26 or a 58″ hip

2. Laundry Day Tee from Love Notions

There are so many variations available here! Follow the link to sign up for her facebook page to get the discount code.

Size: Available up to an XXXL or a 51.5″ hip

3. Morning Glory Top from Sarah Kirsten

Sign up to Sarah’s email list to get access to the free pattern. Check out the version I made here.

Size: Because the instructions step you through drafting the top for yourself, there is no ‘size’ as such.

4. Slouchy Cardi from Peppermint Magazine

One of the many free patterns drafted by In The Folds for Peppermint Magazine and very seasonally appropriate for both hemispheres right now. Check out Debbie’s version here.

Size: Available to 54″ hip

5. Reagan Raglan from Bella Sunshine Designs

Both v-neck and scooped neckline and says that a bust adjustment is included in the pattern!

Size: Up to a size 30 or 59.75″ hip

6. Chloe Skirt & Maxi from Made for Mermaids

‘This is the perfect project for someone who is new to sewing or has been afraid to try a knit pattern. Extremely QUICK a-line skirt with only 4 seams and a hem.’

Size: Up to size ‘Red’ or a 54″ hip

7. Maple Culottes from Mood

If you’re unsure whether culottes are for you, maybe a free pattern will tip you over the edge?

Size: up to a size 30 or 63″ hip

8. Avast Circle Vest from Patterns for Pirates

Aaaa-ren’t you glad you’re reading this list? ‘The perfect little throw on vest that is super simple and quick to make.’

Size: up to a 58″ hip but presumable pretty open sizing.

9. Maya Bra from AFI Atelier

Check out this review on CSC of the Maya Bra by Andie of Sew Pretty in Pink. That’s her lovely version pictured!

Size: So Many Sizes.

10. Peplum top from Peppermint Magazine

I love my version of this top, and it’s a shape too easily dismissed when searching for curvy sewing patterns.

Size: Up to a 54″ hip but so much positive ease means the actual sizing will be much larger.

Come back at the same time next week for 10 more free printable plus size sewing patterns. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions please add them to the comments!

Rushcutter Dress in denim

In The Folds Rushcutter 2

This denim Rushcutter dress from In The Folds is one of the first dresses that I made.

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.


In The Folds Rushcutter 1

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.

In The Folds Rushcutter

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.

Zadie Jumpsuit from PaperTheory

Zadie Jumpsuit Linen 1

I’ve loved Paper Theory‘s patterns for ages- they’re exactly the kind of style that I wish I could buy in stores for myself (so I wouldn’t need to sew).

When she announced that she was extending the sizes for her Zadie Jumpsuit, I was all over that like a rash.

Zadie Jumpsuit Linen 2

I actually reviewed this jumpsuit over at the Curvy Sewing Collective, if you’d like to read more about it.

In short: the drafting is great, it’s easy to mash two different sizes together and this was such a quick sew!

Zadie Jumpsuit Linen 4

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!

Morning Glory Top

Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top 3

A free plus size sewing pattern for beginners? Look no further!

The Morning Glory Top is a free top pattern from the lovely Sarah Kirsten (Check out my post on free plus size sewing patterns for beginners).

Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top

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.

Sarah Kirsten Morning Glory Top 2

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!