Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #8

Number 1, The Lodo Dress

Lodo Dress from True Bias

If you’re looking for some Lodo inspiration then you should check out The Green Violet’s Grey dress

Number 2, The Fremantle Pants

Fremantle Pants from Elbe Textiles

Fremantle inspiration can be found from TheLadyWhoLunches, ChucklesPoncho, SewnInSeattle, SewedItMyself, and the Instagram hashtag in general

Number 3, The Wilder Gown

Wilder Gown from Friday Pattern Company

For Wilder inspiration, The Curvy Sewing Collective has a ‘Same Pattern, Different Bodies’ review of the pattern, which is how I found it!

For additional inspiration for the Wilder Gown, Kathryn of @cuttingthingsfine made this gorgeous ensemble which isn’t a Wilder but kind of could be!

Number 4, The Bonnie Woven Top

Bonnie Woven Tops from Style Arc

Back in 2009 (8 years before I started sewing), I was obsessed with this button-back Vogue blouse from Gertie. These days I’m more aware that the Vogue blouse isn’t for me, but I can absolutely wearing this casual top (even though there’s all those button-holes to make)!

Torrens Box Top adventures

We recently launched some bonus long-sleeve pieces to accompany the Torrens Box Top pattern from Muna and Broad. Since our summer hasn’t been particularly warm, I went a little sewing-crazy adding new sleeves of various kinds to my wardrobe!

Rather than post about all of them, I thought that a round-up post might be in order!

Black silk noil Torrens

I made this black silk noil long sleeve torrens using the ‘wide-sleeve’ option (which was intended for thick fabrics such as boiled wool) and it’s perfect for pushing my sleeves up my arms (in a casual but very comfortable way)! I especially love to pair the top with these Glebe Pants made of lovely olive coloured tencel from A + R Fabrics

Black silk noil Torrens 2
Cotton Crepe Torrens

This cotton crepe Torrens is my new favourite! I got this fabric as a remnant from Miss Maude Sewing NZ and it’s a really unique fabric (with a lovely crepey texture), which is lovely to wear. I love mustard and checks, so this is a real winner!

Cotton Crepe Torrens 2
McElroy Lawn Torrens 2

Of course, peak Torrens sleeve experimentation includes this top that will be shared on the Minerva maker blog in due course (I slashed and spread the sleeves and added a cuff)!

McElroy Lawn Torrens

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #7

The roundup for this Sunday featured a selection of patterns that aren’t new, you’re not likely to have missed their arrival but maybe they’ve fallen off your radar in the meantime? I often find myself purchasing (and sometimes even immediately printing) patterns which take my fancy, and then they sit, waiting for inspiration to strike. Often, all it takes is a little nudge, or the perfect fabric to cross my path and we’re off again. Hopefully, something here will give you the nudge you need!

Number 1, The Miller Trousers

Miller Trousers from Paper Theory

Number 2, The Blackwood Cardigan

Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet

This classic keeps on giving! Every time I see it I think ‘I really need to make some of these’, not just for winter but also because summer can be cold here!

Number 3, The Sienna Maker Jacket

Sienna Maker Jacket from Closet Case Patterns

Who printed this off as soon as it arrived in her inbox and then has swiftly procrastinated for months and months? It’s me! I love this sample picture and feel like I’d use this pattern a lot if I bothered to sew it up for myself!

Number 4, The Reed Skirt

Reed Skirt from Grainline Studios

Like the Sienna jacket above, this Reed skirt was part of the first patterns released by big indie sewing businesses Grainline & Closet Case. Almost a year on from the online-plus-size-sewing drama, it’s great to see that we’ve got some movement towards size inclusion in indie-sewing!

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #6

Number 1, The Roscoe Blouse

Hello readers and hello 2020! Here’s the first pattern roundup for the New Year! I love the colour scheme that this weeks post captures, and hope that you’ll find some patterns of interest!

Roscoe Blouse & Dress from True Bias

Released late in 2019 in extended sizes, the Roscoe Blouse is another example of True Bias going through the archives to update for more inclusive sizing. I think this top (and the dress view) would make great work wear.

Number 2, The Acton Dress

The Acton Dress from In The Folds

This dress has been on my ‘must-make list’ since I found it online. I love the wrap skirt (which is a good option for those who aren’t included in the sizing for the Keilo wrap dress). Knowing that I’d have to do a FBA has slowed me down, but I still adore it and think ‘I must make that soon’ whenever I see it!

Number 3, The Tobin Sweater

Tobin Sweater from Cashmerette

Cashmerette is such an amazing resource for incredibly consistent plus-size sewing patterns. Their ‘choose-your-bust-size’ pattern options are incredibly helpful, and patterns like The Tobin seem almost timeless- a great investment pattern for your stash!

Number 4, The Lawley Skirt

The Lawley Skirt Pattern from Elbe Textiles

Lauren from Elbe textiles has such gorgeous taste, and has an ever growing collection of patterns with a large size range. This skirt is free, but her other patterns are well worth a look too!

Torrens Box Dress Hack

Torrens Box Dress hand on hip
Torrens Box Dress Side

I’d been dreaming of my own comfortable box dress in the style of Elizabeth Suzann’s Georgia Dress in silk, and I knew this fabric would be gorgeous to wear and would drape well.

I have an entire pinterest board of sack dresses where the vast majority look exactly like the Georgia dress and I think the cute sleeve angle is an integral part of what draws me to the dress!

Torrens Box Dress front

I used the Torrens Box Top pattern (in my usual size A) and simply cut the fabric down in a straight line from where the pattern piece ended. Because the top includes a generous amount of ease, I knew there’d be no need for me to grade out at the hips.

I didn’t include pockets because I was worried about the long-term performance on the silk noil from me jamming heavy things in there, but it would have been easy to draft and add some in-seam pockets in!

Torrens Box Dress back

Trin from A+R Fabrics kindly sent this mirren blue silk noil my way (I believe this blue and the moss green are the two newest colours that she’s started to stock in her silk noil range).

Silk noil is great to sew with! Because of the lovely texture, it’s not at all slippery, and I almost never pinned the seams before I sewed them (except the neckline)! Since it’s a natural fibre, it’s lovely to wear and will work for winter & summer.

Fabric Usage & Size Details:
The silk noil is 110cm wide and I’d say that I could have cut this dress with about 2.5 metres and still had a small amount left over (I cut on the open, rather than with my fabric folded).
I used the Size A for the Torrens and I’m a 47″ bust and 54~” hip, but I had plenty of room at the hips without grading up.

Torrens Box Dress Landscape