Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #25

Welcome to the Sunday plus-size sewing pattern roundup! Every week, I share 4 plus-size sewing patterns that are available up to at least a 50″ bust and hip. I try to keep up-to-date with new patterns, but also with lesser-known companies.

You can check out all of the posts that are part of this series here.

Number 1, Kapunda Undies

The Kapunda Undies from Leila and me at Muna and Broad is available up to a 71.5″ hip, but if that’s too small for you then we will grade this pattern up for you at no extra cost.

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Number 2, Te Aro Dress and Top

The Te Aro Dress and Top from Scroop Patterns is available up to a 56″ bust and 60″ hip and comes with 3 different ‘size packs’, the largest being Size 44-56.

Designed for midweight knits, View A is a long sleeve dress with an optional hood, View B is a short-sleeve top with a high-low hem and View C is a dress with high low hem and dramatic sleeves.

Number 3, Krissa Crop

The Krissa Crop from Amy Nicole Studio is a free pattern which is available up to a 56.5” bust

Number 4, Staley Top

The Staley Top from Elbe Textiles is available up to a 56.3″ hip. This pattern for knit fabrics come with two views: View A is a cropped jumper with a split hem detail and View B is a semi fitted t-shirt with a scooped neckline and a curved hem.

I try to only share pattern makers who release all their patterns in their entire size range- I don’t want to support companies who are further marginalising fat bodies, or treating us like an afterthought! I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Online Fabric Shops in New Zealand

Here’s a little roundup of NZ fabric stores where you can shop online to buy fabrics appropriate for garment sewing! I’m always trying to buy as locally as possible, and shipping from overseas can be agonising (both in terms of wait time and cost), so shopping close to home (and in your own currency) is a great alternative.

I’ve made my favourite shops bold! These are shops that I’ve shopped with and would wholeheartedly recommend!

Updated: 6/11/2020

Ackroyd & Adams (based in Auckland)

They have a selection of different fabrics including merino and cotton knits, denim, cottons and linens

Angel Fabrics (based in Auckland)

They have a selection of knit fabrics suitable for underwear, dance wear, and swimwear.

AS Fabrics (based in NZ)

They have a small selection of fabrics (lot of polyester) which are leftovers from Annah Stretton’s factory. They actually charge more for postage the more fabric you order.

Backstreet Bargains (based in Hamilton)

They have a variety of fabrics at very decent prices. They have a system on their website for requesting samples, which you pay for, but I’ve also had luck getting free samples by emailing the store (either way, the samples are very small)

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Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #24

Welcome to the Sunday plus-size sewing pattern roundup! I’m trying to share 4 plus-size sewing patterns that are available up to at least a 50″ bust and hip.
You can check out all of the posts that are part of this series here.

Number 1, Kim Top and Dress

The Kim Top and Dress from Stokx Patterns is available up to a 59″ bust and 60″ hip

Check out the #StokxKimDress and #StokxKimTop hashtags on Instagram!

Number 2, Moderne Coat

The Moderne Coat from Blueprints for Sewing is available up to a 54″ bust and 53″ hips

Check out the coat on @sablecraft, and this colour-blocked version from @hello.littlefish

Number 3, Yoko Turtleneck

The Yoko Square Neck Turtleneck is a free sewing pattern from Jalie Patterns which is available up to a 51″ bust and 59″ hips

There’s not a lot of plus-size inspiration in the #JalieYoko hashtag unfortunately!

Number 4, Paulina Dress

The Paulina Dress from Sew Me Something is available up to a 49″ bust and 53″ hips

What is the Sunday Plus-size pattern roundup?
In every post I share 4 patterns- some are old, some are new- I do try to keep track of new releases and companies that expand their sizing!
Generally, I’ll only include patterns that I like (generally Indie patterns which are available as PDFs).
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.
I try to only share pattern makers who release all their patterns in their entire size range- I don’t want to support companies who are further marginalising fat bodies, or treating us like an afterthought! Check out all of the posts that are part of this series here.

Brown striped Waikerie Dress

This is one of my 7 Waikerie Shirts and Waikerie Dresses that are in various states of completion- This dress has been sitting almost completed for quite a few months now and I finally put some buttons and button-holes on this tencel/linen stripe fabric.

I’ve made View B of the Waikerie Dress (with mitered corners and a high-low hem), and this is my first Waikerie Dress with short sleeves

Brown dress 6.5

It’s not quite warm enough here yet for me to be wearing only a dress- and Christchurch often has a chilly wind even in the middle of summer! I’m wearing the dress over some linen Glebe Pants, but could also see myself wearing it like a short-sleeve duster with a top (maybe a Nullarbor Cami or a knit-tank) on underneath. The dress has a high-low hem (which is a bit more clear on the final picture below), and for my taste I thin I’ll lengthen the front pieces for future versions so that it hits mid-calf. The length of the dress is perfect and exactly what I was hoping for!

Brown dress 3

Please excuse the popped collar in the picture below! Don’t you hate when you take a heap of photos and then realise that there was something sitting wrong the whole time!? I didn’t realise how wrong my collar was sitting until I got up close to the camera to show you how I changed the direction of the stripes so that I could skip any pattern matching stress that comes up when dealing with stripes! I also changed up the direction of the stripes on the sleeve band.

Size Details: I made Size E, graded out to Size F (I increased the size of the pleat in the back so that the Size F back piece matched up to the Size E yoke.

Brown dress

I love the generous pleat in the back of this dress, and the deep pockets, and I’m excited to finish up the many other Waikerie Work-In-Progress piles that are waiting for me in my sewing room!

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #23

The theme of the Sunday Pattern Roundup this week is gathers and pleats! All of these patterns are available up to at least a 50″ bust or hip! Usually I only share 4 patterns in each roundup, but I included a few bonuses this week so that there were plenty of options!

You can check out all of the posts that are part of this series here.

Number 1, Meadowood Top

The Meadowood top is the latest pattern from Straight Stitch Design, and is available up to a 59.5″ bust and 60″ hip

Number 2, Pleated Summer Dress

The Pleated Summer Dress is designed by Emily of In The Folds and is available as a free download from the Peppermint Sewing School Website. The sizing goes up to a 51″ bust and 54.5″ hip (finished bust measurement of 53″ and 88″ hip)

If you find these free patterns useful, please consider donating or supporting the pattern designer.

Number 3, Huon Shirt & Dress

The Huon Shirt and Dress from Muna and Broad is available up to a 64″ bust and a 71.5″ hip

If these sizes are too small for you, Muna and Broad will grade this pattern up to your size for no extra cost.

Number 4, Fringe Blouse & Dress

Fringe Blouse and Dress from Chalk and Notch is available up to a 52″ bust and 53″ hip

Bonus, Wildwood Wrap Dress

The Wildwood Wrap Dress from Sew House 7 is available up to a 61.5″ bust and 65″ hip. The shoulder and waist pleats here are why it’s included in this roundup of gathered and pleated patterns!

Bonus 2, Gather Dress

Gather Dress, Zero-Waste Pattern from Birgitta Helmersson is a ‘1 size fits this range’ zero-waste sewing pattern which is available from Bust: 108.5cm – 135cm / 42 1/2 – 53 1/2 inches (there’s also another pattern that’s fits a smaller size range).

See this dress being worn here.