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!

Summer Peppermint Wrap Skirt

Peppermint Wrap Skirt Cotton

I’d been thinking about buying some of this Australian floral printed fabric of Ellie Whittaker‘s from Spotlight’s upholstery fabric section to make this free wrap skirt from Peppermint Magazine for ages! When Spotlight had a sale, I didn’t hesitate to snap it up. But then it sat in my stash for a while and then I cut it out but didn’t sew it up, and then when I eventually sewed it up I realised that it didn’t really work with a single top that I own, so it languished in my wardrobe until today (a couple of days after this cropped white t-shirt arrived in the post)!

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Size details: I’m a bit larger than the 54″ hip size for this pattern, but I cut the pasdttern as-is and used a slightly smaller seam allowance. The sizing difference means that the side-seams aren’t ‘true’ down the sides, but the generous overlap on the skirt means that it’s still difficult for me to flash the public (though not as difficult as it is in my wool version, which was utterly unaffected by breeze)! The only change I made to the pattern was lengthening the ties slightly.

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Fabric estimate: I ordered 2.5 metres of this 150cm wide fabric and have a very decent amount leftover, but I did cut the pieces out paying absolutely no attention to pattern placement.

Gingernut Grainline Hemlock

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Grainline Studios has recently released their free Hemlock Tee pattern in their new extended size range! I’ve loved the style of the top, and now it’s available in my size! You can get the pattern for free by subscribing to the Grainline email newsletter (which you can do here).

Based on Grainline’s new size chart (below) I made a size 24 (I’m 47″bust and around 54″ hip), and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the size on the arms was quite generous, and meant that I could skip doing a full bicep adjustment!

I cut out the 3/4 sleeve length and the length of the body is halfway between the cropped & mid-length body in this gingernut viscose spandex from Fabric Drop, which is based out of Dunedin in New Zealand. With some pattern tetris, I was able to cut this out from about 1.5 metres (and I’ve got a decent piece leftover too). I usually cut all my patterns on the open (flipping the pattern piece over and tracing a mirror image), and then cut sleeves (and other things I need to cut 2 of) one at a time. Doing that here certainly made it a pretty economical pattern!

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The 3/4 length sleeves ended up being almost bracelet length for me, because I have quite narrow shoulders and my measurements put me in between size 20 and 22 but I made a straight size 24. I’m happy with the length, but would do some measuring of the full length arm piece before sewing that as I suspect it would be quite long.

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I realised after the fact that I had inadvertently sewed up something almost identical to the Grainline sample on the right!

If you’re in the size range for Tessuti’s Mandy Boat Tee pattern, Meg from Cookin’ and Craftin’ has done a great blog post comparing it with the Grainline Hemlock!