I got this glorious ponte from Tessuti in Australia. I got a sample of this and a delicious chartreuse and eventually decided that this colour was perhaps more practical. In reality, I wish I’d bought both.
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.
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!
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).
Size details: I sewed a size 20 at the bust, grading out to a size 22 at the hips.
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
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!