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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.