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Help finding plus size formal dress
Sally Mander
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Date: 3/3/13 0:08 AM

Hi,
I've been searching for a while, and haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. I'm a plus size bride and I want to make my dress. I know exactly what kind of pattern I want, but can't seem to find it in my size. Very similar to McCall's M6466- the teal dress in the top left corner.

I just want to find one that goes up to the 24-30 size range, and possible a sweetheart neckline. The higher waist with the lots of poofy tulle. Absolutely love it, but when I can't find it, makes me think fat people aren't supposed to wear formal clothing. :-(

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

M6466 Here

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Date: 3/3/13 2:40 AM

Oh, you didn't get the memo on formalwear options? As a fellow fattie, let me tell you: you're right, us fat people aren't supposed to get dressed up. :P FORTUNATELY FOR US, we can make our own clothes, and even tweak/upsize patterns so that yes, we CAN have beautiful clothes for any occasion.

Sorry for the sarcasm; this is something that irks me on a fairly regular basis. I'm in the same boat with you, size-wise, so I feel your frustration.

I think your McCalls pattern is a good place to start and, in the grand scheme of things, should be reasonably easy to size up to fit you. And let's face it: most people need to make adjustments to off-the-rack patterns anyway, so you're not alone. There's a wealth of information to help you get started right here on Pattern Review (do check out the Plus Size forum), many books (you'll probably hear Susan Khalje's Bridal Couture mentioned many times, especially for a dress, like yours, which should have good foundations to keep you and it in place on your special day), and there are online classes here and on Craftsy. In fact, Craftsy just added a class on plus-size pattern fitting. And the aforementioned Susan Khalje has a very well regarded class on making a couture dress, which is exactly what your wedding dress will be. :)

I hope this helps, both the practical information and knowing that you're not alone. Good luck, and I hope you keep us updated on your progress!
-- Edited on 3/3/13 2:42 AM --

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Date: 3/3/13 5:30 AM

you could try buying their pattern #6646 which comes in sizes up to 24 and use it to adjust the size on the pattern you like, or likewise, adjust the style from the pattern you like to this one; between the two you should be able to get the look you want in the size you need.

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Date: 3/3/13 7:58 AM

If you already have skills in fitting yourself (which it sounds like you do, if you're about to make your own wedding gown!), I think a dress like that would be reasonably simple to make without a pattern. I would pick up the McCall for the construction instructions and basic pattern shapes (like another poster suggested), then drape & draft your own bodice pattern and go from there! It looks like the pattern is broken down into mix-and-match segments already, which should make the process even more straightforward.

Good luck!

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Date: 3/3/13 11:27 AM

Some of the bURDA fASHION AND bURDA pLUS mags have had plus formal/wedding wear. They may be available for individual download. I am a fellow plus size and am trying to come up with a plus sized dress for a black tie function in 2 weeks! I don't know if you looked at the plus sized thread, but someone there may be able to help too! Congrats on your up coming wedding!

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Date: 3/3/13 11:31 AM

I am plus sized and needed a dress for a wedding. No need to shop because I know all plus sized formal wear looks like big sacks. We could vent about lack of style in plus sized ready to wear forever.

Susan Khalje's Couture Dress class on Craftsy to the rescue. I learned to make my dress fit me. I highly recommend it. In fact, I go back to her techniques on almost everything I make now. Also, on a side note, I asked for opinions of whether I should wear a straight skirt or fuller skirt. I was "discouraged" against a plus sized woman wearing a full skirt. HA I made the fuller skirt and it looked great. I received many compliments; including my husband simply saying "wow". You could possibly use the dress you make in the class for some of your wedding activities and then make that beautiful wedding dress.
-- Edited on 3/3/13 11:33 AM --

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Date: 3/4/13 1:50 PM

You just need a basic bodice,perhaps you have a muslin fitted already or can find a new bodice pattern in the size you want.Then follow the styleline and cut out a new muslin marking carefully the nieckline,waist,ect.If you have a dress form you can then drape away with the overlay.The skirt can be figured out using the extra ease/fullness ratio to hip width on a given pattern size.I think you could do it pretty easily I really wouldn't hesitate myself to try creating this.I applaud you for doing your own dress you will get a great fit and it will be exactly right not just something close to what you like.

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