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
Tara has studied fashion design, and so is trained in pattern production so I’ve always found her patterns and instructions to be very exacting- no confusing instructions, no inexplicably shoddy finishes, notches always match, and I think she also does a great job for plus size bodies too (which is obviously an important consideration.
Size details: My current measurements are around 47″ bust 44″ waist, 56″ hip and between and 18-19″ bicep. I cut a size 22 neckline/bust and graded out to a size 26 at the waist and hip. The sleeves I cut in size 28 (the largest size).
The pattern had small amount of tapering in below the armpit, and the adjustments to the size basically meant that I cut straight down from the size 22 armscye and where I was supposed to turn in, I cut straight down, meeting up with the size 26 line. Oversized tops can end up looking less-than-optimal if you have to grade out too much from the bust (because your grading out can cause a kind of trapeze effect around the hem).
The highlight in patterns for me this week was seeing Grainline Studio release the latest pattern in their extended sizing and also finding that Amy Nicole Studio has released a pants pattern up to a 61″ hip! My aim with these roundups is to share patterns available up to a 50″ hip or 50″ bust (but I generally only share patterns that I would happily make and wear)!
This number isn’t arbitrary, I’d love to only share patterns that are available up to 60″ bust and 60″ hips, but that would make for a pretty short roundup! I’m eternally optimistic for the future of plus-size sewing patterns and hope that even pattern companies who’ve already extended up will continue up past the 60″ mark!
I didn’t bother to brush my hair or tidy my lounge for these pictures- I figured that it was more important to take the photos than to wait for the perfect pictures! This is my first time making the pleated-front Glebe Pants that Leila and I released over at Muna and Broad!
I’m using these pants as a kind of test run for possible future versions- I like that the waistband isn’t gathered in the front here, which makes them look a little bit dressier (business in the front, comfort-party in the back)! These are made from wool and are fully lined, following Leila’s instructions on that front.
I did a lot of pressing with lots of steam to get the seams to sit as flat as possible- often I’m very lazy about such things, but I’m glad I took the time here. The flat-front adds pleats (but I might to the math on how much room I can afford to lose at the waist and see if I can make the flat front without any pleats too)!
Size details: I make the size 1 for my 54-56″ hips and make no alterations (except shortening the pattern so that these are slightly cropped)!
I’ve been pestering my real-life sewing friend Naomi to help me work out what colours suit me for a while now (mostly because I’d like to stop wasting money on fabrics that I like in theory, but not in practice on myself) and last week it finally happened!
Yes, it looked a bit like this picture from The Guardian, but there was more cheese and snacks.
There were swatches, and multi-coloured cardboard with head-shaped holes got held up around my face until it was pronounced (by group agreement) that Warm Autumn was my colour scheme
It won’t surprise you to discover that the internet is full of websites that collate your colours based on the seasons. The colour chart on the left is from one of them!
Now that I’ve found a heap of colours, which are apparently my colours, I don’t think this will drastically change my wardrobe.
There’s plenty of colours here that I can’t really imagine myself wearing, but there’s also colours, fabrics and finished sewing projects that I’m going to keep wearing because I love them (even if they’re maybe not my colours).
Are you interested in ‘finding your colours’ or would you rather keep sewing what you love (or maybe you know your colours already)?