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Date: 11/3/13 11:29 PM


I am a big man 4XL. I cannot find a pattern that fits me. I am looking for a suggestion as to create a shirt that will fit me. I don't know how to create a pattern. Any suggestions? Thanks.




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Date: 11/3/13 11:56 PM

Have you looked at Kwik sew patterns?

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Date: 11/4/13 0:56 AM

How about Islander shirt patterns?
They fit up to a 60 in. chest and 19.5 in.neck size.
Do check the pattern reviews for them too. I just got my first Islander pattern and the booklet that is well illustrated and clear.

If you are learning you MUST check out Pam Erny's Off-the-Cuff blog. Lots of inspiration, source of great shirt interfacing and awesome tutorials.

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Date: 11/4/13 3:23 AM

Peter Lappin has recently reviewed this book
Worth considering?

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Date: 11/4/13 3:40 AM

Burda does mens up to a 49" (120cm) chest, US size 50/Eur 60. Not quite sure what a XXXXL equates to, but I can just get menswear for my husband from these.
Burda size charts
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Date: 11/4/13 5:27 AM

I have Sure Fit Designs a pattern making kit, very easy to do. Glenda is the owner and you may need to contact her to get what you need. My Sure Fit shirt pattern goes up to 62 inches but now it looks like it goes up to 57 inches, this would be bust or chest. She also shows how to grade up the basic pattern. Glenda is very helpful, I am sure she can help you.

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Date: 11/4/13 7:37 AM

Have you got a shirt that fits?
That you are willing to lose.....You know the one with the paint on it that you will not throw out because it fits!!!!
Cut it apart and add seam allowance and you have the best! pattern.

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Date: 11/4/13 9:35 AM

My husband is a 3x I am working on the second flannel from this pattern. McCall's 6044
3x is the largest size in the envelope but you could probably add additional sea allowance or do smaller seams.

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Date: 11/4/13 10:09 AM

If you can find a 3X or even a 2X pattern, you can try my tip for grading up patterns to get to a 4X. (You'll need to trace the pattern to use this.) Also, check the finished garment measurements against your own measurements. Some large size patterns (men and women) are VERY loose, and you can use a smaller size. I'm guessing that 6"-8" of ease would be plenty for you. Kwik Sew 2935 has been a popular pattern, and it runs one size too big (i.e. the 2X is more like a RTW 3X). By the way, don't pay too much attention to the size numbers. Pattern sizes can be very different from what you buy in the store - go by measurements. Finally, if you carry a lot of your weight around the waist, you could probably use one size smaller in the shoulders to the underarms, which is where almost all of the pattern details are. Then just transition out to a larger size below the underarm, or add 2" to the side seam allowances and adjust the fit while you're sewing. For pants, if you wear them below your waistline you'll probably want a smaller size. I had a hard time determining the correct pattern size for my 2X DH when I made him pants. What worked best was to measure a pair of pants that fit him well, and measure the pattern to see what came closest.

Good luck! And plan to make a lot of muslins!

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Date: 11/4/13 12:23 PM

I have the same issue when sewing for my husband. As a beginner, you probably don't want to mess with pattern grading right off the bat (at least, I wouldn't). With a few shirts under your belt though, you'll find that it's no big deal and will open a lot of options for you.

As someone else mentioned, take a look at the Islander Sewing Patterns (they're sold here on PR). They go up to a 4X.

Also, Simplicity has a very recently out-of-print men's big-and-tall pattern. I've made this one a bunch, and it's a decent pattern. It's also true to the "tall" part of big-and-tall in that it's the only shirt I've ever made for my husband where I didn't need to add length. You can still buy it from the Simplicity web site (or if you search around and are lucky, you might be able to still find a copy at your local JoAnn's, Hancocks, etc):

Simplicity 4975.



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