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Date: 3/25/13 5:10 PM

I've just started sewing again after a long absence from the machines and I'm having loads of trouble finding patterns that fit my apple shape. I don't mind a bit of fiddling with adjustments but seem to have problems with everything just hanging in folds from my bust.

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Date: 3/25/13 7:42 PM

Hi Smaxie! My waist has gone MIA also What type of styles do you enjoy wearing? Once you have a good idea of your personal style, you can find some patterns that will be fun to sew. For example, I love wrap styles and find that they will give me some more definition and curves. Here are some patterns I like:
V8292
V8120
V8390
S2369

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Date: 3/26/13 3:26 AM

I love wrap looks too and thanks for the pattern suggestions. I'm not sure I'm apple shaped but I'm sure not an hourglass! I describe my shape as a dented cylinder. I have a large bust so I find that the RTW wrap looks sometimes are a little revealing - other times a LOT. I haven't gotten to the stage in my (re)learning curve where I'll fit a bodice but I'm looking forward to trying some wrap styles this summer where I can fit the pattern to myself and make sure it's flattering and, um, modest. Or at least legal!

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Subject: Help, Im a mature rectangle Date: 3/26/13 5:09 AM

Thank you for the replies :-)
My style is best described as classic with a touch of BOHO (ageing hippie!) and a severe lack of desire to dry clean or iron.
I've tried Simplicity 1945 Khaliah Ali top, I'm a RTW size 18 which is the size I cut. My size 14 sister is now wearing it!
I'll try some of the Vogue patterns next :-/
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Subject: Help, Im a mature rectangle Date: 3/26/13 9:36 AM

smaxie i think i am in the same boat! and style lover of BOHO too! i have found some styles from the 1970s that seem to look okay on me. love to look at the vintage pattern companies. one of several patterns i like is an OOP mccalls 4394 featuring marlo thomas. patterns like this hide a variety of sins. a new one i have not tried yet is simplicity 2580. hang in there. you will find something that suits you.

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Subject: Help, Im a mature rectangle Date: 3/26/13 10:41 AM

Yep, my avatar is a distinct rectangle. I got inspired by Barb D's Plus size on Craftsy. The pattern is flattering and she walks you though fit issues.

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Date: 3/26/13 11:16 AM


Cute looks here!! um, make sure you are choosing a pattern size by your measurements, not your RTW size. I sew 2-3 sizes larger than RTW :-)

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Subject: Help, Im a mature rectangle Date: 3/26/13 10:13 PM

Try Cutting Line Designs. They fit me well with a FBA.

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Date: 3/27/13 0:39 AM

Great that you would like to do some sewing but you really must have a moment of truth with your tape measure otherwise you'll keep sewing for your sister. If you get accurate lengths and widths you'll know exactly which pattern companies to look at.There are some new ones that are so much better for mature figures and the styles are easy to sew. So print out a measurement chart and measure every inch of yourself.I do this almost every time I sew something new for myself because little posture or weight distribution changes make a difference on fit.Let us hear about your success.

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Date: 3/27/13 4:39 AM

Thanks again. I've done the measuring and am now on a pattern hunt. A bit excited that I just might produce something wearable now!

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