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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Any tips for finding the plus size pattern you want? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Any tips for finding the plus size pattern you want?
I'm frustrated with how plus size patterns are grouped by manufacturers
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Date: 6/9/12 11:38 AM

Does this drive anyone else crazy?
I'm plus size. I want to find a pattern, say a skirt. Ideally, I would go to the website, select skirts, refine by size, and see all skirt patterns available in my size. Instead, they way it seems to work is that all plus size patterns, skirts, tops, jackets, dresses, everything are all jumbled together under the heading of 'plus' meaning I have to trawl through them. It would be so nice to have patterns grouped like this "skirts and pants", "skirts and pants plus"

It's the same on some RTW clothing websites. I would just like to have a more efficient mode of searching.


How do you approach it? Do you trawl through or do you have a way of finding what you are looking for quickly and easily?

(I also take issue with having a plus section, rather than all patterns in the widest variety of sizes, but that's rant for another day).

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Date: 6/9/12 3:08 PM

Didn't want to read and run, but I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help. I mainly sew from Burda Plus, Burda Style and Ottobre magazines. Other than that, with the few envelope patterns I buy for myself, I tend to buy the largest size possible (in the normal range) and grade up if I need to. I think I'm fairly lucky as I'm usually still within the upper range of regular patterns (though definitely plus-sized). I normally sew a size 20/Euro50 depending on the cut. New Look is the only pattern range that I encounter the smaller size range on a regular basis.

I rarely look in the plus size sections of the catalogues. It seems as though they are the same garments as in the regular sections, just photographed to look WAY more dowdy.

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Date: 6/9/12 3:39 PM

I was just looking at Butterick, and they had all available sizes listed when I clicked on the size window-- "regular" or plus. Maybe its only certain brands that don't list all their sizes when you pull them up by type?

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Date: 6/9/12 9:18 PM

I am plus size and pretty much all the Big 4 group ALL the plus size pattern under ONE heading & you DO have to trawl through them all to find what you want. You can look at them on one long page and just kinda scroll until you see something that looks like what you want and then click on it to get a bigger picture.

It is kind of annoying, but usually they don't have THAT MANY plus size patterns, so looking through them isn't that huge of a problem after all.

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Date: 6/9/12 9:25 PM

You bring up a really good point. For example, in the Burda catalogue all the plus sizes are grouped together -- also all the petite sizes are grouped together. If you do a search of "skirts" it will skip over the petite skirts and the plus skirts. Why, why? I wonder if it would do any good to complain to the pattern companies.

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Date: 6/9/12 10:31 PM

If you perform a search for plus size skirts (or whatever) the website will usually go just to the plus sizes only. But most patterns nowadays go from size small to size 22 or 24, which includes plus. So you end up missing lots of stuff.

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Date: 6/10/12 9:11 AM

I don't want my patterns grouped by Plus or Not Plus. I want to be able to search by garment, e.g. skirt, and by size, e.g 20, and have available options listed. Who decides what is Plus Size? It's not a standard measurement.

If I could then filter by fabric (knit/woven) or style (short/med/long) that would be nice too.

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Date: 6/10/12 12:46 PM

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I don't want my patterns grouped by Plus or Not Plus. I want to be able to search by garment, e.g. skirt, and by size, e.g 20, and have available options listed. Who decides what is Plus Size? It's not a standard measurement.



If I could then filter by fabric (knit/woven) or style (short/med/long) that would be nice too.

This would be perfect. It would prevent the risk of missing out on patterns in searches as mastdenman pointed out.
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Date: 6/10/12 4:46 PM

If I'm in a hurry to just see what's new, I look in the plus sized section. But if I'm looking for a skirt (or whatever), I look first in that section, find a style I like, and then check the size range. Except for some designers who never go above a 16, I often find that the pattern I want is available in my size or close enough to it that I can scale up. I'm with you on wanting to see all patterns available in the widest range possible. A lot of the smaller pattern companies do that, and I am happy to support them for it.

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Date: 6/10/12 7:55 PM

Learn how to grade up because outside of the magazine patterns there are few plus size envelope patterns that aren't just plain dowdy. It's not hard. I use a 16 on top and add an fba and I am about a 22 on the bottom. which usually means I only have to add one size to the bottom. The other reason to look at the pattern magazines is that I understand that envelope patterns are very expensive in Europe, even when they are on sale.

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