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Plus size designs that really don't flatter anyone
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Date: 2/20/14 8:41 AM

I'm looking for some plus size patterns from indy designers because the only ones from the big 4, in extended plus size is Connie Crawford. I'm over her patterns. i know not all designers think we should be wearing tents, I can find RTW jeans that don't look like clown pants.

I'm only 40, I don't want to wear old lady styles, I don't want to wear appliques, or anything quilted or patch-worked. One designer I looked at, all her finished patterns looked like she couldn't find enough fabric to make a garment so she pieced it all together.

How is that flattering to anyone?
-- Edited on 2/20/14 8:49 AM --

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Date: 2/20/14 9:21 AM

Those pants are scary :/

Burda just released some really cute plus sized patterns!!

I'm right on the tail end...42 top/44 bottom and have thought about trying to size down some of them.

I see you're here in MN, if you have a Hancock close, Burda will be on sale today for $2.49 each. Also, I think JoAnn might pricematch if you have an ad.

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Date: 2/20/14 9:47 AM

A couple of possibilities:

For above 50" hip measurements:

StyleArc gets rave reviews from plus size sewers I know up to a size 30 (61" hip). The per pattern cost is quite high, plus shipping from Australia, but the people I know in the top end of their size range are consistently pleased with the designs so it seems worth it.

Lekala's catalogue is all available up to a 62" hip size. Reviews of Lekala patterns tend to be a bit thin on the ground and the instructions aren't great, but they're cheap enough that you could certainly give it a try.

For smaller sizes (up to ~50" hip):

Hotpatterns and Ottobre Woman both do patterns up to and including hip widths in the low 50" range. Burda do a variety of sizes but most of their Burda Plus range from the magazines is up to about a 50" hip. You may be able to find some specific patterns that are larger.

Another European magazine, MyImage has a few items up to a 54" hip in the most recent issue, but be aware that most of the magazine is in smaller sizes.

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Date: 2/20/14 10:09 AM

I'll have to give Lekala a try. I see a couple things in there I like.

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Date: 2/20/14 10:10 AM

My mom just sized up a Lekala in her size, and so far it looks like it's supposed to.

I also would suggest giving the Craftsy plus size class a size. There is a ton of fantastic info in it.

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Date: 2/20/14 10:30 AM

Try some Burda plus envelope patterns. They work up nicely.I hear you on many dowdy styles on most lines...but Burda really knows the styles! ;)

8108 & 7505 - I like those and many more that are right here on PR, but gettable at JAs, and very versatile - nice tops and so on. The magazine, Burda Plus is very very good too - I used to get it but don't any more.

Petite Plus is always a bad fit for me - too large on top, and too short in the torso, and I stopped trying them, although I got good results after alteration on the shirt pattern they have with the princess seaming. Good luck! :)

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Date: 2/20/14 11:52 AM

Quote: StitchyMama
I'm looking for some plus size patterns from indy designers because the only ones from the big 4, in extended plus size is Connie Crawford. I'm over her patterns. i know not all designers think we should be wearing tents, I can find RTW jeans that don't look like clown pants.



I'm only 40, I don't want to wear old lady styles, I don't want to wear appliques, or anything quilted or patch-worked. One designer I looked at, all her finished patterns looked like she couldn't find enough fabric to make a garment so she pieced it all together.



How is that flattering to anyone?
-- Edited on 2/20/14 8:49 AM --

huh.

I often feel like I'm the resident nut around here... but I can't imagine anyone wearing that!

Inspired by Ronald McDonald.

I still have given up on sewing clothes for the time being.

When I came back to sewing about 2 years ago... my bubble quickly burst when I tried to find any nice fabrics around Denver. Joann's and Hancocks doesn't cut it. And Denver Fabrics at the time (haven't been there lately - they're changing to Colorado Fabrics, I've heard - new owners?) ...anyway, DF was beautiful on the home dec side.. but just uber-trashy on the other side.

I used to like Burda when I had a proportionate figure. Now that I'm shaped more like a tomato, I prefer to just go into Dress Barn and come out happy. They always have cute knit tops & jeans that fit. I never go out of there empty handed.

I just spent waaaaaay too much $$ on stuff for my newest quilt project. But at least I know when I work on projecty stuff, that it will turn out. I would hate to sew something up and then be disgusted by it when I try it on.

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Date: 2/20/14 12:31 PM

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I often feel like I'm the resident nut around here... but I can't imagine anyone wearing that!

I know, right? Everything by that designer looked like she raided the scrap bin.

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Date: 2/20/14 12:34 PM

That really made me laugh. She looks so pleased with herself.

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Date: 2/20/14 12:49 PM

That pattern and "Look" give Sewers a bad rap. My motto is if you don't see similar things in the store. Why would you sew it? This is just awful. DUH!

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