The pattern roundup today features patterns which are available up to at least a 50″ bust or hip. Ultimately, I’d like to use the 60″ standard that’s been set by the knitting world, but at the moment that’d make for a pretty small list.
Neither this roundup nor any future roundup will include pattern companies who release patterns that are not available in plus-sizes (for example, if they have two pattern lines, one for straight sizes and one for plus-sizes and every pattern that they release isn’t available for both size ranges).
The Ashton is available up to a “size 30″ or a 58″ hip and 58” bust (drafted for a D-cup). Helen splits her cup sizes across her size range, with size 0-22 available with a B-cup bodice and size 12-30 available in the D-cup bodice. This is something I’ve never experienced before (since Cashmerette offers cup-sizes across her entire size range which doesn’t go as low as Helen’s).
Since the D cup option was the only one available in my size, I took it. I cut out my pattern with a size 24 at the shoulders and graded out to a size 26 at the hip. In the instructions, Helen provides lots of guidance on fitting and suggests not grading more than 1 size if you’d like to retain the boxiness. Unfortunately, I’ve got a lot of armhole gaping in this toile- perhaps I would have used a smaller cup-size bodice piece if that was available.
This isn’t a finished garment that I’d wear outside of the house, but I have been wearing it a lot indoors on warmer days. I might try sizing down to a size 20 bust and see if that will let me get away with no doing much editing to the pattern.
Back in 2009 (8 years before I started sewing), I was obsessed with this button-back Vogue blouse from Gertie. These days I’m more aware that the Vogue blouse isn’t for me, but I can absolutely wearing this casual top (even though there’s all those button-holes to make)!
We recently launched some bonus long-sleeve pieces to accompany the Torrens Box Top pattern from Muna and Broad. Since our summer hasn’t been particularly warm, I went a little sewing-crazy adding new sleeves of various kinds to my wardrobe!
Rather than post about all of them, I thought that a round-up post might be in order!
I made this black silk noil long sleeve torrens using the ‘wide-sleeve’ option (which was intended for thick fabrics such as boiled wool) and it’s perfect for pushing my sleeves up my arms (in a casual but very comfortable way)! I especially love to pair the top with these Glebe Pants made of lovely olive coloured tencel from A + R Fabrics
This cotton crepe Torrens is my new favourite! I got this fabric as a remnant from Miss Maude Sewing NZ and it’s a really unique fabric (with a lovely crepey texture), which is lovely to wear. I love mustard and checks, so this is a real winner!
Of course, peak Torrens sleeve experimentation includes this top that will be shared on the Minerva maker blog in due course (I slashed and spread the sleeves and added a cuff)!
The roundup for this Sunday featured a selection of patterns that aren’t new, you’re not likely to have missed their arrival but maybe they’ve fallen off your radar in the meantime? I often find myself purchasing (and sometimes even immediately printing) patterns which take my fancy, and then they sit, waiting for inspiration to strike. Often, all it takes is a little nudge, or the perfect fabric to cross my path and we’re off again. Hopefully, something here will give you the nudge you need!
Who printed this off as soon as it arrived in her inbox and then has swiftly procrastinated for months and months? It’s me! I love this sample picture and feel like I’d use this pattern a lot if I bothered to sew it up for myself!
Like the Sienna jacket above, this Reed skirt was part of the first patterns released by big indie sewing businesses Grainline & Closet Case. Almost a year on from the online-plus-size-sewing drama, it’s great to see that we’ve got some movement towards size inclusion in indie-sewing!