Torrens Box Dress Hack

Torrens Box Dress hand on hip
Torrens Box Dress Side

I’d been dreaming of my own comfortable box dress in the style of Elizabeth Suzann’s Georgia Dress in silk, and I knew this fabric would be gorgeous to wear and would drape well.

I have an entire pinterest board of sack dresses where the vast majority look exactly like the Georgia dress and I think the cute sleeve angle is an integral part of what draws me to the dress!

Torrens Box Dress front

I used the Torrens Box Top pattern (in my usual size A) and simply cut the fabric down in a straight line from where the pattern piece ended. Because the top includes a generous amount of ease, I knew there’d be no need for me to grade out at the hips.

I didn’t include pockets because I was worried about the long-term performance on the silk noil from me jamming heavy things in there, but it would have been easy to draft and add some in-seam pockets in!

Torrens Box Dress back

Trin from A+R Fabrics kindly sent this mirren blue silk noil my way (I believe this blue and the moss green are the two newest colours that she’s started to stock in her silk noil range).

Silk noil is great to sew with! Because of the lovely texture, it’s not at all slippery, and I almost never pinned the seams before I sewed them (except the neckline)! Since it’s a natural fibre, it’s lovely to wear and will work for winter & summer.

Fabric Usage & Size Details:
The silk noil is 110cm wide and I’d say that I could have cut this dress with about 2.5 metres and still had a small amount left over (I cut on the open, rather than with my fabric folded).
I used the Size A for the Torrens and I’m a 47″ bust and 54~” hip, but I had plenty of room at the hips without grading up.

Torrens Box Dress Landscape

Torrens Box Top with Sleeves

Sleeve Torrens

We’ve been working to extend the sizing and also add some long-sleeve options for the Torrens Box Top pattern that we’ve released under Muna and Broad!

This is my second test of the sleeve extension, and I’m so pleased that I’ve now got the woven drop-shouldered long-sleeve top pattern that I’ve been looking for!

Long Sleeve Torrens

This fabric is cotton crepe from Miss Maude Fabric in New Zealand. I bought this piece as a remnant, and was able to squeeze the whole top out of 1.6×1.4 metres of fabric!

There’s currently a small amount of this fabric left as a remnant!

If you have already purchased the Torrens, you’ll get an email with the new sleeve pieces once we’ve finalised the instructions in the New Year!

Slim Sleeve Torrens

Because I didn’t have much fabric, I wasn’t able to concentrate on pattern matching, but the two sleeves are non-identical twins! They’re pretty close, but the fabric was quite shifty and I didn’t want to stress much about trying to get the crepey squares to lay exactly straight.

The same virtues of the Torrens still apply here- Leila drafted the shoulder for larger bodies and also put a lot of thought in to the neckline as well. I find the neckline to be the perfect width for my narrow shoulders- it’s not too high and my bra straps are never on display. I don’t find that the top slips around during the day, and I certainly never have to pull the top down after it has slid backwards and started choking me at the neck (it just never happens and it’s a total game-changer). So, while this is a deceptively simple looking top that maybe doesn’t strike awe- the comfort factor is next level because there’s no ‘poor-fit’ issues affecting the wearing!

Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #4

I’m on a dress kick this week for this roundup of inclusive sewing patterns, so I’ve included a bonus pattern at the bottom which is something I’ve been thinking about a lot as the weather gets warmer here in Christchurch! I’m trying to keep on top of all the pattern makers who are extending their sizing, because sometimes it takes ages for me to discover that a pattern company is making things in my size now! Case in point, is dress number 1:

Number 1, Belemnite Dress

The Belemnite Dress from Marilla Walker

This first release of the new extended size range from Marilla Walker at a 58″ bust and 60″ hip

Number 2, 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

Number 3, Rachel Dress

Rachel front-tie dress from Jalie

Available up to a 51″ bust and 54″ hip this pattern possibly predates a wrap dress which I love, from a NZ designer, but which isn’t in my size!

Number 4, Iris Dress

The Iris dress from StyleArc

Bonus Pattern: 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!

Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #3

In this 3rd weekly pattern roundup, I’ve included 2 patterns which were recently updated to increase the sizing, a new pattern from a company I didn’t realise was making patterns in my size, and a free jumpsuit pattern!

Just a reminder that 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. Also, they’re all going to be patterns I’ve already made, intend to make, or would make.

Number 1, LB Pullover

The LB Pullover from Paper Theory

Available now up to a 56″ bust and 57″ hip with turtle neck and crew neck options!

Number 2, A-Frame Skirt

The Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame Skirt

Available now up to 61″ Hip

Number 3, 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 (depending on your chosen material)!

Number 4, Jumpsuit

Free Jumpsuit Patterns from the Rational Dress Society

JUMPSUIT is an ungendered, multi-use monogarment, available as an open-source pattern. The RDS has developed a sizing system that can accommodate up to 248 different body types using gender-neutral terminology.

Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #2

Here’s a special Southern Hemisphere roundup, with some pattern companies from Australia and New Zealand!

Number 1, The Cornell Shirt

The Cornell Shirt from Elbe Textiles

This is a relatively new unisex pattern which has lots of wearing ease. The pattern has 2 views, View A features a button up placket, and View B a classic shirt placket.

Number 2, Mānuka dress & top

The Mānuka dress & top from Sewing Muse

Sewing Muse is based out of Wellington, New Zealand. The
Mānuka features flirty sleeves, but not an exceptionally huge size range.

Number 3, “Loungewear Camisole”

Nightgown from StyleArc

I know this is marketed as pyjamas, but doesn’t this basic cami look a lot like a very popular pattern that isn’t available in plus sizes?

Number 4, 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.

Bonus pattern: Undies

Undies and Period Undies from Muna and Broad

A bonus bit of self-promotion about the undies that Leila and I have just released from 46″-71.5″ hip! They’re on pre-sale at the moment!