#MMMayPlus2020

This Me Made May I’ll be taking part by wearing mostly me-made clothes for the month of May and endeavouring to avoid a single repeat outfit.

I’ll also be sharing pictures, sketches or flat-lays of my outfits and using #MMMayPlus2020

Last year for MMMay I did manage to wear me made clothes for the month of May, but I didn’t manage to finish all my unfinished objects (which was my other goal for the month).

I’ve organised a series of giveaways to celebrate plus-size sewing which will be shared through www.fatsewing.club, @fatsewing.club on instagram and on my instagram account @fat.bobbin.girl

Roundup of Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup

For this week, I’ve decided to do a roundup of some of the past roundups of plus-size sewing patterns, and I’ve added in more inspiration links from makers if there’s been some making since I shared this pattern!


Check out Part 2 of the roundup, or all of the previous posts in this series here.

The Flynn Jacket

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 and BayHaus7023 both have lovely versions.

Do check out this great denim version, Leila_Sews’ black version, and I’ve also made the jacket in denim and blogged about it.

The Adeline Dress


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, this one from Gillian for Califabrics, and also versions from Raches, dkrn, ashbetteridge,

I’ve made this dress in pineapple printed linen, in crazy check printed linen, in scribble rayon and in marsala linen.

The Rose Dress

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 Hemlock Tee

Check out this version from Fabric_scraps, this floral version from Crafting a Rainbow, this dress version from omgsrslykris, this version from sewprettyinpink, I made a version of this, and is there a plus-size pattern that Cookinandcraftin hasn’t tested?

The Cornell Shirt

The Cornell Shirt from Elbe Textiles. For plus-size inspiration check out theladywholunches, riksusewing, paisley75, drcris, elizabethgales , and my brown tencel cornell.

The 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.

Muna and Broad Undies

Undies and Period Undies from Muna and Broad are available from a 46-71.5″ hip

What Lydia Made has posted some great pics of the undies here and also here.

The LB Pullover

The LB Pullover from Paper Theory is available up to a 56″ bust and 57″ hip with turtle neck and crew neck options.

Check out these versions from ceramic67, sheila.okelly, my sweatshirt version, raches, threadpanda, and the_catwood

A-Frame Skirt

The Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame Skirt is available up to 61″ Hip

Check out versions from rare.deviceand rare.device again.

The Ilford Jacket

The Ilford Jacket from Friday Pattern Company

Available up to a 54″ bust and 57″ hip, this unisex design has different views available, and can be worn as a jacket or shirt.

Check out versions from sheila.okelly, Helen, on the Curvy Sewing Collective, jessdoesallthethings, and rosewoodstitches

The Jumpsuit

Free Jumpsuit Patterns from the Rational Dress Society don’t use their size finder to step you through assigning you a size, it’s best to take a look at their size charts. Check out their #RejectChoice hashtag

The Belemnite Dress

The Belemnite Dress from Marilla Walker is the first release of the new extended size range from Marilla Walker at a 58″ bust and 60″ hip

For inspiration check out theladywholunches (and her second version), bonniekatewolf, whatlydiamade (and her second version), purplesewingcloud, and my tester version.

Hippolyta Dress

The Hippolyta Dress from Sew Me Something

This pattern squeezes in to the listing with 49″ bust and 52″ hip as the largest size. Check out GariChild’s version for a better idea of the lines

Rachel Dress

Rachel front-tie dress from Jalie is available up to a 51″ bust and 54″ hip.

For inspiration, check out Craftinarainbow, cousudecousu, and cookinandcraftin

Iris Dress

The Iris dress from StyleArc

If you know the secret to finding Style Arc’s hashtags, then please do let me know! I can’t find any inspiration pictures of this dress.

Kaye Shorts

Kaye bra and shorts from Seamwork

What a better accompaniment to a roundup of dresses then a pair of shorts that will stop your thighs from touching (and rubbing)!

There’s a review of the pattern over on the CSC and make sure you read Green Violet’s review before you cut in to your fabric!

The Sylvia Coatigan

The Sylvia Coatigan from Schnittchen Patterns

Check out this version from sewn_lea

Glebe Pants

Glebe Pants from Muna and Broad are available from 46.5″-71.5″ hip

Check out the review on the CSC, and these versions from kristinesews, sierraburrell, weboughtamanor, sheila.okelly, whatsammade, ladywholunches, and daisysewcrazy

Byrdie Button-Up Blouse

Byrdie Button-Up Blouse + Dress from Pattern Scout is available up to 54″ full bust and 58″ hip, this pattern includes options for 2 shirt views and 2 dress views.

For inspiration do check out kristinesews, weboughtamanor, kunklebaby, sierraburrell, and thandiw

The Cambria Duster

Cambria Duster from Friday Pattern Company

Check out this gorgeous salmon pink version from theladywholunches, a pinky red version from ecarolinewaters, mymemadecloset,

The Roscoe Blouse

Roscoe Blouse & Dress from True Bias

Check out these versions from birdstalkpatterns, isewinkzoo, sierraburrell, sandrewmakesthings, and the epic frocktails version from cuttingthingsfine

The Acton Dress

The Acton Dress from In The Folds is available up to a 51.5″ bust and a 54.5″ hip and is drafted for a b cup.

Check out these versions from theladywholunches (who’s made at least 2 versions), a gorgeous azure version from fabric_scraps, erincharter, and carolinesomos,

The Tobin Sweater

The Lawley Skirt

The Lawley Skirt Pattern from Elbe Textiles is a free pattern which is available up to a 48″ waist

Check out needlesandbeetles, meldalgleish, codenamesarah, and rosesybrant

The Miller Trousers

Miller Trousers from Paper Theory are available up to a 47.5″ waist and 57.5″ hip

For inspiration, check out _wilson.co, raches, daisysewcrazy, and stitch.sew.snip

The Blackwood Cardigan

The Sienna Maker Jacket

Sienna Maker Jacket from Closet Case Patterns is available up ti a 58″ bust and 61″ hip

For inspiration, check out this version in quilted gauze, and these makes from kunklebaby, this wool version from ilovecupkates, theladywholunches, and diaryofasewingfanatic

The Reed Skirt

Reed Skirt from Grainline Studios is available up to a 49″ waist and 59″ hip

For inspiration, check out these versions from threadyforit, rare.device, and sewmarymac

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

The Fremantle Pants

Fremantle Pants from Elbe Textiles

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

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!

The Bonnie Woven Top

Bonnie Woven Tops from Style Arc

Boxy Barkcloth Torrens Box Dress

Torrens Box Dress

There’s a very popular dress and jacket pattern that’s not available for fat-makers and I decided today on a whim that I’d like to make something very similar for myself, but using a pattern that is available in my size. So here’s part 2 of my Torrens Box Dress exploration, using the Muna and Broad Torrens Box Top pattern.

Torrens Box Dress

I’ve been saving this lovely Outback Wife Barkcloth fabric from Fibresmith in Australia for a special project, and since Outback Wife fabric isn’t made anymore, it was more important than ever that I made something that I knew would fit well! I make a Size 1 in Muna and Broad sizes for my 47″ bust and 56″ hip.

Torrens Box Dress

I had 3 metres of this fabric, which was enough to cut a suitably long dress from, the narrow-sleeve long sleeve and also the facings. I doubt I would have had enough of the fabric to cut the in-seam pockets from, but since I wanted to use something a bit lighter and less structured for the pockets, that was fine.

Torrens Box Dress

I added side-seam pockets shortly below the armpit, and lengthened the top pattern in a straight line down after the pattern piece ended using my blue silk noil torrens as a guide for length. I also cut out a self-fabric tie, which I was intending to interface but didn’t need to since the barkcloth was quite firm.

The outcome? I love this dress and can definitely see myself wearing this to work (when we go back to work)! I’m already mentally sifting through my stash to see what other fabrics might make dresses suitable for pairing with tights for winter!

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #21

There’s a strong t-shirt theme this week (purely because of what’s been released over the last few days, and also patterns that I’d planned to share with you)!

Number 1, Rio Ringer

The Rio Ringer T-Shirt and Dress from True Bias is available in plus-sizes from 14-30, or up to a 57.5″ bust and 59.5″ hip

Number 2, Sunday V-Neck

The Sunday V Neck from Friday Pattern Co. is a free unisex-pattern which is available up to a 4X or 54″ bust and 57″ hip


Number 3, Montlake

The Montlake from Straight Stitch Design is available up to a size 34, or 59.5″ bust and 60″ hip

Check out this striped make from Kristinesews, this floral tester version, this great striped version, this version from KZ, and this make from Needlesnbeetles.

Number 4, Avril Jacket

The Avril Jacket from Fibremood

Finding information on this jacket is a huge exercise in frustration, but I think I can tell you that the XXXL (the largest size) is available up to a 52″ hip.

The perfect merino turtleneck pattern throwdown

I’ve decided to take advantage of this long-weekend to find the perfect pattern to use for my treasured marsala merino, which I’d like to make the winter-layering-turtleneck-of-my-dreams from!

Since we’re in lockdown here in NZ and it’s not possible to print any new patterns out, this throwdown has been limited to patterns that I already have printed. Spoiler Alert: after making them, I’m still not sure which one should be the winner (or if I should keep looking), so I’d love to hear your opinions.

The contenders are:

The Cashmerette Pembroke Dress & Tunic
Available up to a 58″ bust and 58″ hip and coming with choose-your-cup-size options.

The free Grainline Studio Hemlock Tee
Available up to a 56″ bust and 59″ hip in the plus-size pattern which runs from size 14-30

The Paper Theory LB Pullover
Available up to a 56″ bust and 57.5″ hip

My Details:
Bust: 47 inches
Waist: 44 inches
Hips: 56 inches Continue reading “The perfect merino turtleneck pattern throwdown”