Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #2

Here’s a special Southern Hemisphere roundup, with some pattern companies from Australia and New Zealand!

Number 1, The Cornell Shirt

The Cornell Shirt from Elbe Textiles

This is a relatively new unisex pattern which has lots of wearing ease. The pattern has 2 views, View A features a button up placket, and View B a classic shirt placket.

Number 2, Mānuka dress & top

The Mānuka dress & top from Sewing Muse

Sewing Muse is based out of Wellington, New Zealand. The
Mānuka features flirty sleeves, but not an exceptionally huge size range.

Number 3, “Loungewear Camisole”

Nightgown from StyleArc

I know this is marketed as pyjamas, but doesn’t this basic cami look a lot like a very popular pattern that isn’t available in plus sizes?

Number 4, Sabrina pencil skirt

Sabrina pencil skirt from Forget-me-not patterns

Also based out of Wellington, New Zealand, this skirt comes in with straight, mid and curvy-fit options.

Bonus pattern: Undies

Undies and Period Undies from Muna and Broad

A bonus bit of self-promotion about the undies that Leila and I have just released from 46″-71.5″ hip! They’re on pre-sale at the moment!

Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #1

I’ve decided to start a weekly plus-size pattern roundup where every Sunday I’ll share 4 patterns; some new patterns and some old patterns that you might have missed or forgotten about!

What will be included?

This list will be entirely subjectively organised based on things that I like, but I’d love to have your suggestions (because I don’t know every plus-size sewing pattern out there).

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.

Without further ado, here’s Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #1

Number 1, the Flynn Jacket from In The Folds

The Flynn Jacket from Australian pattern-maker Emily of In The Folds

Blogless Anna has made a gorgeous yellow version, there’s some gorgeous pictures here from Roxyintransit and The Mindful Sewist has some lovely pictures, and I have some much less lovely pictures too.


Both views are designed for bottom weight fabrics. The inside is finished with bias bound seams, so gorgeous insides abound.

View A is a long sleeved, drop shoulder jacket with an inverted box-pleat in the back

View B is sleeveless, includes underarm facing and a flat back (without pleats).

Number 2, the Adeline Dress from StyleArc

There are so many inspiring versions of this dress online! Check out these ones from Gillian from Craftin’ a Rainbow (left), Jenny from Cashmerette, Mie from Sewing Like Mad, Lara from Thornberry and this one from Gillian for Califabrics.

I’ve made this dress in pineapple printed linen, in crazy check printed linen, in scribble rayon and in marsala linen.

Number 3, the Rose Dress from Schnittchen Patterns

The Rose Dress from Schnittchen Patterns

I wish I could tell you that there’s lots of amazing versions of this dress online but I can’t find any, so here’s one that I made (the first thing that I ever sewed)!

The neckline on this is very unique (and I’m sure I’d make a much better job of it than I did in 2017), and the instructions are brief but clear.

Number 4, the Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studios

There are multiple views & options available for this pattern: cropped length body, short sleeve, mid-length body, 3/4 sleeve, tunic length body and long sleeves. All have dropped shoulder and a round neckline.

There aren’t that many examples of this top sewn up by plus-size sewists yet, so here’s a brown one that I made! N.B I’m a knit newbie and I struggled with the neckline on this but you will probably be fine.

Do you think there’s a pattern company that I might not know about? Or a pattern that I might love? Please comment below or get in touch via instagram!

Torrens Box Top is Rust Silk Noil

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The lovely Trin from A+R Fabrics sent me this gorgeous brick coloured silk noil which recently arrived in her store. The colour is even more gorgeous in real life- part rust, part rich pumpkin colour and, just like my recent forays in to silk noil, this was a delight to sew.

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I chose to whip up a Torrens Box Top with Leila and I released under the auspice of Muna and Broad (the box top and the website were released last week)! The silk noil is part drapey but still keeps a great structure, which helps the top to maintain its great architectural sleeve shape even when my arms are down (see below)!

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I also used the opportunity to couple one of my new stitch-collective labels with the new tidy-facing technique I learnt from the Love To Sew podcast!

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The ingenious instructions for this super-tidy facing is clockwise from top left:

1. With non-sticky and right side of your fashion fabric facing, sew a small edge along the bottom hem of facing/interfacing
2. Clip into the curve, being careful not to stitch into your line of stitching. I also trimmed down a lot of the interfacing to reduce bulk
3. Flip your interfacing over so that the sticky-side is now touching the wrong-side of your fashion fabric (I pushed the hem with my fingers to ensure it had turned out

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4. Check that none of your interfacing is visible from the right-side of your fashion fabric, adjust as necessary.
5. With interfacing side down, use your iron to adhere interfacing to fashion fabric
6. You can attach the label at this stage or simply sew your facings at the shoulder seams and continue on

Once you’ve used this method a few times it becomes quite fast, and I find it to be immensely preferable to zig-zag finshing the bottom hem!

If you’re interested in my top, the Torrens Box Top is available from a 50″ bust (I’m a 47″ bust but I love the extra ease) and is 15% off for 2 more days! The Torrens was drafted specifically with larger bodies in mind, and Leila’s drafting was really thoughtful- the top doesn’t slip back and pull at my neck, I don’t have to ‘re-adjust’ where the shoulder sits all day, and once I wrapped my head around the sleeve insertion, this is a super-quick sew!

Christmas sewing patterns for kids or whoever

Baby sunbonnet from Purl Soho

Bunting scrap project from The Fabric Store

Gathered skirt from Purl Soho

Penguin plush from Choly Knight

Organiser roll from Art Gallery Fabrics

Shark Plushy pattern from Choly Knight

Reversible tote bag from Very Shannon

Summer romper from Purl Soho

Raccoon softie from Sewmamasew

All Well Full Moon Bag from All Well

Crocodile softie from sew4home

Baby pants from Purl Soho

Warren the charity bear from shiny happy world

Fabric blocks from Crazy Little Projects

Felt slippers from Purl Soho

20 more free sewing patterns for Christmas Gifts!

Free Apertio Pouch Pattern from Blogless Anna

Cloud pot holders from Ohoh deco

Free Fanny Pack pattern from Spoonflower

Free weekender bag pattern from Deliacreates

Retreat zipper bag from Emmaline Bags

Lucky Penny Wallet from Sallie Tomato

Free Sleep mask pattern from Spoonflower

Date night clutch from Sewmamasew

Manhattan zipper case from Emmaline Bags

Cutlery pockets tutorial from Samelia’s Mum

Free makeup roll pattern from Spoonflower

Pencil Roll from Sewcanshe

Mini Rucksack from naehratgeber.de

Free apron pattern for kids from Spoonflower

Book bag from Sewcanshe

Drawstring bag from Delia Creates

Free zipper pouch pattern from Spoonflower

Quilted Christmas potholders from Samelia’s Mum