For the 20th edition of my Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup I wanted to include some plus-size style icons because it’s often difficult to find plus-size inspiration, especially when so many makers the using the “plus-size” and “curvy” hashtags are often full of bodies who aren’t visibly fat.
Below are the patterns in the roundup for this week and underneath those are some inspiring plus-size fashion instagram accounts!
Number 1, Trapeze Dress
The Trapeze Dress from Merchant and Mills is available in plus sizes from 47.5-57.5″ hip
This dress is part of the recent extended sizes from Merchant and Mills and I love how they’ve styled the dress since it shows that this sleeveless dress can be worn all-year-round.
The Jeannie Dress from Schnittchen Patterns is available up to a size 56EU (which is a 53.54″ bust and 55.91″ hip).
Schnittchen don’t release all their patterns in their extended-size range, but they do have some unique designs and a unique aesthetic.
@marielle.elizabeth who shares slow fashion and has great things to say about bodies, @lydiahudgens who is an amazing photographer with an amazing sense of style, @emmisnicker shares small-plus-size minimalism. @Lvernon2000 who is a plus-size hijabi model with an incredible collection of colourful outfits, @styleisstyle who you might have seen modelling the clothes of slow-fashion companies, @nearandchar who provides dress-inspiration-galore , @mayralouise who has an amazing aesthetic and gorgeous curly-hair, @bethany_rutter who works for Navabi fashion and is also a little bit in to sewing, @sarabrowndesign who is the colour guru we all need, @shannydoots who is an in-betweenie who shares gorgeous slow-fashion pieces, and @noranoranora who shares plus-size outfits from her slow-fashion wardrobe.
Please tell me who I’ve missed! Who else should I be following for visibly-fat plus-size fashion inspiration?
I’ve used my ‘sewing in isolation’ time to work through the backlog of printed-but-unmade PDF patterns in my stash, which includes toiling this Adrianna Dress pattern from Friday Pattern Co in some rayon fabric that I bought on super sale, and which I now consider to be extremely ugly (but I can’t remember if I thought that at the time of purchase, or if I thought it would be handy for toiles)…
The Adrianna Dress pattern (which is available up to 54″ bust and 57″ hip) is the woven dress companion pattern to the Adrienne Blouse (which is for knits, is a top and isn’t available in the extended size range).
Size Details: So I started with a 1X at the bust and graded out to the 4X from below the bust dart (I used the 1X sleeve pieces, since they seemed generous enough). I then used this tutorial on the Curvy Sewing Collective to do a FBA of 2 inches (so 1 inch on each side). This hideously patterned fabric might be hiding a multitude of sins on my FBA, but given how to top of the dress fits (quite snug), I definitely couldn’t have gone without it.
I had to cut the sleeves shorter than called for due to a lack of fabric (the sleeves are so wide) and I didn’t bother putting elastic in the bottom since this dress isn’t likely to ever be seen outside of my apartment.
This was my first Friday Pattern Co pattern and I thought the instructions were great. I saw that the designer Chelsea studied fashion design and I think there’s absolutely a correlation between having training and being able to make consistent patterns which fit bodies, I’m looking forward to purchasing and making more Friday patterns!
I made a size “I”, which was going by my bust size. I was part of the original testing group for this jacket and I didn’t make any changes to the pattern apart from making the sleeves slightly shorter
Pattern Sizing: The pattern is available in 10 sizes (A – J, which equates to Australian sizes 6-24) In the folds sizes run from a 30-52″ (76-131cm) bust and 33-55″ (84-139cm) hip and they’re all drafted for a B cup and someone who is 5’7″ (170cm) tall
Although I’m technically sized out of the In The Folds size range by 1 inch, I didn’t make the largest available size of the jacket, and I think that I definitely didn’t need to ‘size-up’.
I really like this pattern, although the pockets are a little low for me to reach in to comfortably, except when I’m sitting down! Because it would be a bit of a mission to change that, I’ll probably never change the pattern to do anything about that!
Probably my favourite part of this pattern is the box pleat at the back of the jacket, along with the style line (which is also where the facing sits), I think this makes the jacket look especially classy from the back.
The jacket calls for bottom-weight fabric, and I was at a bit of a loss so went with this denim, but I’d love a way to make the jacket in a more fancy-work-appropriate-fabric. The sleeves were almost comically long on me, but that’s an easy enough fix for the next iteration of this jacket (which is definitely coming once I find the perfect fabric)!
The Cornell Shirt from Elbe Textiles is a non-gendered pattern available from 30.5-54.5″ (78-138cm) hip and 32-56″ (82-142cm) chest, the finished measurements on the chest and hip of this shirt go up to 70″ or 178cm
I love shirts and I especially love grandpa collars but I’m also terrified of buttons (even more so now because my sewing machine was such an absolute jerk trying to sew the button holes on this!
Size details: All the juicy details are coming as soon as I find my pattern pieces to confirm what I cut out!
This Sunday plus-size pattern roundup is an entirely subjectively organised list of things that I like. 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’ll also only share patterns that I like, either I will have made them or intend to make them. So, this isn’t exactly a ‘new patterns list’, it’s more of a ‘list of patterns Jess likes’!