A hacked ruffle sleeve top

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top Cotton 2

It’s quite hard finding good sewing patterns for larger ladies, and I’ve had so many fails with paid patterns that when I find free plus size sewing patterns, I definitely have to find out more.

I’ve learnt so much from sewing the Peppermint Magazine‘s free sewing patterns, and I hacked a couple of short sleeves versions of their popular Ruffle Sleeve Top.

Peppermint Ruffle Sleeve Top Cotton

Sizing Details: I made a Size J and in addition to omitting the ruffle sleeve, I omitted the entire sleeve. I used my burrito facing method which the Peppermint Jumpsuit pattern taught me to fully enclose the raw edges of the armholes and neck in the facing.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this hack because I did nothing to address the different drafting for sleeved and sleeveless things, so this top is forever falling off my shoulders. But, as far as free basic sewing patterns for beginners go, this one is a winner!

Cashmerette Pembroke Dress

Cashmerette Pembroke Stripes

This Pembroke Dress from Cashmerette is actually a mashup of both the tunic and dress version of the pattern, since I wanted a desperately wanted both that amazing neck and the ties that drew me to the pattern.

Since Cashmerette patterns have such a curve between the waist and the hip, I usually choose this spot to simply add to the curve by starting on the size 20 line, and eventually curving out to the size I need by the time you hit the hip (which usually has a notch).

Cashmerette Pembroke Striped 2

Size details: I sewed a size 20 at the bust, grading out to a size 22 at the hips.

Lou Box Dress 1

SewDIY Lou Box Dress 1 cotton 2

I’ve made 1 other version of this Lou Box Dress No.1 from SewDIY which is in my ‘rework this piece entirely’ box of unloved sews.

I don’t really fit in to the current size range of SewDIY, but I bought the pattern anyway (back when I was less stubborn than I am now).

SewDIY Lou Box Dress 1 cotton

While this version of the dress is fine, the previous version was uncomfortably tight where the drop-sleeve shoulder met the arm, it was far too short and it was also basically impossible for me to remove it without getting my arms trapped.

Sizing Details: I sewed the XL/XXL (for up to 50″ hip) and am wearing it here with a 54″ hip

Ruffle Sleeve Free Plus Size Pattern

Style Arc Ethel Pants 2

I’m always looking for free printable plus size sewing patterns!

Peppermint Magazine’s free minimalist sewing patterns haven’t always been so size inclusive, but all but one of their patterns which were drafted by Emily from In The Folds go up to a 54.5″hip.

Style Arc Ethel Pants

Sizing Details: I made a Size J, omitted the ruffle on the sleeve and did a faux Full-Bicep-Adjustment by sewing very small seams in the arms. They’re still too tight, but are hidden by the busy pattern.

I learn sew much every time I sew these free modern sewing patterns from Peppermint Magazine. This shirt has a great facing, and french-seamed arm holes!

Lou Box Top Maxi-Dress

SewDIY Lou Box Top Dress Rayon 2

This is a dress hack of the Lou Box Top from SewDIY and the earliest surviving example of my makes with this pattern (others have been given away to smaller friends or chopped up to make smaller versions for other friends).

I cut out the bodice piece without attaching any of the optional hem pattern pieces and then made a rectangle of fabric to become the skirt, which I gathered in at the waist. The skirt is actually 4 different pieces of fabric (and the pattern definitely doesn’t mix), but I really don’t notice it much.

SewDIY Lou Box Top Dress Rayon

This is some of my shoddiest workmanship (I think I folded the neckline in on itself and sewed it down because I didn’t want to make bias binding), but I wear it a tonne around the house (and maybe out to the supermarket) in the warmer weather!

Size Details: I’ve sewn the XL/XXL size top and added a rectangle of fabric that was larger than my hips. I have a 47″ bust, 43″ waist and 54″ hip.