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Searching for a simple blouse
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Datcat23
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Date: 1/4/14 3:36 AM

I am a plus sized girl myself, so very aware of the frustrations involved with fitting a plus sized body, but my mother has made me aware that my aunt is finding it particularly hard right now.

Aunty S is a RTW size 26-28 (thats aussie/UK sizing) with a very full tummy area and large biceps, and is very unwell. She is facing brain surgery very soon, and all the associated fears that go with that.

Anyway ..... I was thinking of making her some simple tops to wear, but without measurements I need designs that are forgiving. I remember another elderly relative wearing a sleeveless top, with a square necked yoke and gathered front and back bodice....... but do you think I can find a pattern now? Any pointers to an online pattern would be especially helpful, but advice of any kind would be much appreciated.
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Date: 1/4/14 4:01 AM

Have you looked at Lekala patterns? They draft up to a 26 I think. There's a nice shoulder princess seam, sleeveless top with a front frill/flutter sleeve that might be a starting point. And just 'cos it might be useful, this blog has a list of Australian plus size clothing retailers

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Date: 1/4/14 5:42 AM

Sorry to hear about your Aunt.

I sew regularly for women who are 26+.

The design you are thinking about seems familiar - I don't recall if it is Simplicity (could be another one of the big 4). Anyway there are definitely tops out there that could have their sleeves omitted. The square neckline - gathers for fullness would be easy to find.

I have made tops with snaps at the shoulder for easy slip over access.

I have been known to buy a cheapie top from plus size sections of Myer, trace it and continue on.

best wishes with this situation.

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Date: 1/4/14 7:28 AM

Look at the patterns with a different eye. I purchased Style Arc's Romy Anorak
Romy Anorak
one size down to recreate a rtw dress in an airy linen weave. Notice that the sleeves are already forgiving and that there are seam lines to accommodate increases where you need them.

This is a housecoat/mumu type dress with an extended shoulder that becomes a short sleeve. The 'undersleeve/underarm' could be finished with an inseam slit opening and the design could be shortened to a top. Pockets are great for medical appointments. One could be sectioned with a button closure for security. You could add a hidden zippered pocket within one of the pockets.
Oops, here, B6601

Style Arc Ada Knit Top
This could be a winner. Slice the center front horizontally to match the seam lines of the side panels. Add seam allowances to new top center front and bottom center front pieces. Increase width of bottom center front piece and gather at the top before stitching to the center front top piece. The sleeve appears to be generous but you can still include inseam slits in the underarm seams.

Ada cont........if the extra fabric starts too high on the center front, maintain the upper continuos horizontal seam line, add a band, then a 'lowered' new bottom center front piece that is widened and gathered. The pattern looks like it would lend itself to a one pattern- many looks concept. I'd probably undrape the pockets when adding the extra drape to the center front and check that the pockets are deep enough for a phone, even a bottle of water.

AM -- Tilda Tunic Top
This one is ready to go - no changes! And another candidate for many looks just by changing the fabric. If you want more fabric in the center front, add a pleat to the center front. Consider adding a secured inseam pocket or copy the shoulder line on roomy added on pockets on either side of the bottom front.

I am sorry that your aunt and family are facing this challenge. I'll be thinking of all of you.
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Date: 1/4/14 7:37 AM

Look into Connie Crawford patterns. Butterick also sells her patterns so you can find them at JoAnn and similar stores. The pattern front drawings are kind of ugly so look at the drawings when choosing a pattern. She makes sizes up to 6X making her one of the few designers who make patterns in those sizes

Hope this helps

ETA: I did not notice that you were not in the US. But you can order from her web site I believe
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Date: 1/4/14 10:58 AM

What about Burda Placket Blouse (Plus Size) 01/2010 #133? It is goes up to size 52 European that is 26 UK. It has front gathers with lots of tummy ease and you could shorten the sleeves. It is downloadable at your home from The Burda site
www.burdaastyle.com
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Date: 1/4/14 11:17 AM

Butterick Connie Crawford B5967
Misses' /Women's Top
Easy
Looks a cool choice with short sleeves and tummy ease. It goes up to large sizes 1X2X etc

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Date: 1/4/14 6:22 PM

This one goes up to 32W and seems to have both a square and a rounded yoke, with gathering:

M5640

I have it but haven't tried it out yet. Have had good luck with the yoke/gathering type of pattern so far.

You are a kind niece.

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"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Subject: A few more ideas to help Date: 1/5/14 0:02 AM

1. Be sure to look at the concept of "high round back" and "forward shoulder" pattern adjustments. Also, if she has full arms as you mentioned, it might be easier to put a top seam in the sleeve. I've been reading the Palmer Fit for Real People book this week!
2. I really like front opening blouses for people with handicaps or illness. It's easier for them to get on and off. Recently I retrofitted a few blouses, converting the buttonholes situation into either snaps or velcro. From the front, it just looks like a regular shirt - buttoned up.
3. See if you can borrow a shirt that actually fits her. That will give you better ideas for fitting.
4. If these are for the time immediately after surgery, I suggest very washable fabrics and neutral colors and prints.

Happy sewing, and best of luck to your relative.

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Date: 1/5/14 1:20 AM

Thank you everyone ..... I really appreciate all the trouble everyone went to. I have a couple more options now, which is great.

I downloaded the a Lekala blouse from their freebies list, so will give that a try in some soft cotton.
Picked up a Butterick 6601 today, but none of the Connie Crawford designs at the local sewing store, so might check back at her site and think about ordering online instead.
I also picked up some el'cheapo stuff at K-mart today, tops and stretchy leggings.

Thank you for the other links as well. Even though I haven't got them this time, I will keep them firmly in mind, if I want to make more for her.

So overall I think I will have enough to make a decent enough care parcel for her. I might add some other stuff to the parcel .... hand creams, body wash and pretty girly stuff.

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