Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #18

The plus-size pattern roundup this weekend could be a great opportunity to bring up the plus-size pattern hashtag- add a ‘plus’ to the end of the hashtag.

For example, the #ZadieJumpsuit becomes the #ZadieJumpsuitPlus! It’s a great way to ensure that, even for really popular patterns, there’s any easy way to search for folks with bodies like yours in the pattern!

Number 1, Box Box

The Box Box from Merchant and Mills is available up to a size 28 or 55″ bust and 57.5″ hip

I wasn’t able to find any plus-size makers in this pattern- if you’ve made this pattern, let me know!

Number 2, Fauntleroy

The Fauntleroy from Straight Stitch Designs is available up to a size 24 or 50.5″ bust and 53″ hip

Check out this version from Jennifer of weboughtamanor, this pink beauty from Sierra Burrell, Jen of Jugonevas, and this heathered blue make from Maria.

Number 3, Zadie Jumpsuit

The Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory is available up to Size 28, or a 57.5″ hip

I’ve never seen a Zadie Jumpsuit that I didn’t love, so inspiration is easy. Check out Shannon from Raredevice, Gillian from CraftingaRainbow, Erincharter’s peach number, Cat from Itprill, this amazing patterned Zadie, this burgundy number, this bold-pink-check Zadie, Natasja’s gorgeous version, and Vellumblue’s patterned number.

Number 4, Coral Cardigan

The Coral Cardigan from Style Arc has great pockets (that I’ve been seeing a lot of in patterns and I Love Them). Meg made a great white version andthis floral version is dreamy!

LB Pullover from Paper Theory

Paper Theory LB Pullover

The LB Pullover from Paper Theory Patterns is available in sizes 6-28, with the size 28 being a 56″ bust and 57.5″ hip. Currently Tara has released her Kabuki Tee, Miller Trousers, Zadie Jumpsuit and this LB Pullover in her extended size range (and her website tells me that the Olya Shirt is coming early 2020)!

Tara has studied fashion design, and so is trained in pattern production so I’ve always found her patterns and instructions to be very exacting- no confusing instructions, no inexplicably shoddy finishes, notches always match, and I think she also does a great job for plus size bodies too (which is obviously an important consideration.

Paper Theory LB Pullover 2

Size details: My current measurements are around 47″ bust 44″ waist, 56″ hip and between and 18-19″ bicep. I cut a size 22 neckline/bust and graded out to a size 26 at the waist and hip. The sleeves I cut in size 28 (the largest size).

The pattern had small amount of tapering in below the armpit, and the adjustments to the size basically meant that I cut straight down from the size 22 armscye and where I was supposed to turn in, I cut straight down, meeting up with the size 26 line. Oversized tops can end up looking less-than-optimal if you have to grade out too much from the bust (because your grading out can cause a kind of trapeze effect around the hem).

Sunday Plus-Size Pattern Roundup #17

The highlight in patterns for me this week was seeing Grainline Studio release the latest pattern in their extended sizing and also finding that Amy Nicole Studio has released a pants pattern up to a 61″ hip! My aim with these roundups is to share patterns available up to a 50″ hip or 50″ bust (but I generally only share patterns that I would happily make and wear)!

This number isn’t arbitrary, I’d love to only share patterns that are available up to 60″ bust and 60″ hips, but that would make for a pretty short roundup! I’m eternally optimistic for the future of plus-size sewing patterns and hope that even pattern companies who’ve already extended up will continue up past the 60″ mark!

Number 1, Uniform Tunic

The Uniform Tunic from Grainline Studios is now available up to size 30 or 59″ hip

Number 2, Nita Trousers

The Nita Trousers from Amy Nicole Studio are available up to a size 30 or 61″ hip

Amy has studied at the
Fashion Institute of Technology and has a degree in Fashion Design. Is that why the fit on this pair from @Denise.Does looks so good? Maybe. This check pair is pretty excellent too and this brick pair too!

Number 3, Amelie Dress

The Amelie Dress from Untitled Thoughts is available up to a size 16 (or 56″ bust) and comes with B and DD cup options.

Number 4, Free Range Slacks

The Free-Range Slacks from Sew House 7

These pants sneak in to the roundup with an top hip measurement of 50″

I really love the style of the Sew House 7 patterns, so I really hope that they continue to extend their sizes!

Flat-front wool Glebe Pants

Wool flat front Glebe Pants

I didn’t bother to brush my hair or tidy my lounge for these pictures- I figured that it was more important to take the photos than to wait for the perfect pictures! This is my first time making the pleated-front Glebe Pants that Leila and I released over at Muna and Broad!

I’m using these pants as a kind of test run for possible future versions- I like that the waistband isn’t gathered in the front here, which makes them look a little bit dressier (business in the front, comfort-party in the back)! These are made from wool and are fully lined, following Leila’s instructions on that front.

Flat Front Glebe Pants

I did a lot of pressing with lots of steam to get the seams to sit as flat as possible- often I’m very lazy about such things, but I’m glad I took the time here. The flat-front adds pleats (but I might to the math on how much room I can afford to lose at the waist and see if I can make the flat front without any pleats too)!

Size details: I make the size 1 for my 54-56″ hips and make no alterations (except shortening the pattern so that these are slightly cropped)!

Warm Autumn colours for sewing

I’ve been pestering my real-life sewing friend Naomi to help me work out what colours suit me for a while now (mostly because I’d like to stop wasting money on fabrics that I like in theory, but not in practice on myself) and last week it finally happened!

Yes, it looked a bit like this picture from The Guardian, but there was more cheese and snacks.

There were swatches, and multi-coloured cardboard with head-shaped holes got held up around my face until it was pronounced (by group agreement) that Warm Autumn was my colour scheme

It won’t surprise you to discover that the internet is full of websites that collate your colours based on the seasons. The colour chart on the left is from one of them!

The image to the left is a picture from Chromology UK (who offer colour analysis for individuals).

Clearly, it was important to use this information asap so I’ve put together a whole pinterest board of Warm Autumn Inspiration!

I wanted to turn this inspiration to fabric choices asap. Would we call this merino Deep Peach? Can I get away with this bright red wool, or is it too far away from the Tomato Red (spoiler: I bought it just in case)? Is this merino a good match for the Golden Brown? Should I have purchased this kind of chocolate brown wool while it was on sale? Is this linen an appropriate marriage of the Salmon and Rust colours? Do I need pants and dresses in this camel wool flannel? Is this heavyweight green olive linen a colour I even like? Most importantly, since gold is apparently something I can wear now, do I need to become a rich lady who buys metallic gold lame from Mood?

Now that I’ve found a heap of colours, which are apparently my colours, I don’t think this will drastically change my wardrobe.

There’s plenty of colours here that I can’t really imagine myself wearing, but there’s also colours, fabrics and finished sewing projects that I’m going to keep wearing because I love them (even if they’re maybe not my colours).

Are you interested in ‘finding your colours’ or would you rather keep sewing what you love (or maybe you know your colours already)?

This website might be a good place to start, if you’re keen to read more!