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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > 5X & 6X women's tunic patterns ( Moderated by JEF)

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Date: 6/23/11 2:38 AM

Greetings to all, My wife and I are quilters and have a huge stash of cotton fabrics. We are both large people and need large pattterns. I have made a couple of shirts for myself from Kwik Sew #3422 and they have come out great. I would like too make some tunics for my wife but patterns in 4X just aren't right. I am open to suggestions concerning pattern companiew that may have patterns in that size range. If I'm out of line with this post, just let me know... I'm new to this.
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Date: 6/23/11 8:10 AM

The Connie Crawford patterns from Butterick go up to 6X.

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Date: 6/23/11 9:17 AM

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You might try modifying a Scrub-type pattern. That would be a basic T-shape or button-down for cottons. I see new donated ones in thrift stores, so you might copy, or check the nightgown patterns too.

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Date: 6/23/11 10:26 AM

A couple other ideas that you might explore:

Pattern adjustments - most people need some sort of adjustments to patterns to obtain a good fit. I'm a smaller size than you are sewing for, but never can use a pattern straight "as is" - I start with one size (usually a 16) for neck/shoulders/armscye, and then have to adjust from there down (FBA - full bust adjustment - and adding for extra inches at the front waist and for hips with "fluff" in the back, shaping hemline so it looks straight...). So you might find that the shoulders and neck fit fine in the 4X, and that you need to make adjustments below that point to help the rest of the pattern fit better.

There's fitting help here on PR, or you could look for the books Fit For Real People (Palmer/Pletsch) or Sewing for Plus Sizes (Barbara Decket) (I've found both of these at my local library).

The other idea is to take the pattern that fits, and make "style" changes - use the pattern, but change out the neckline, add color blocking, insert a "bib" front, change the sleeve style/length...so it looks like a different pattern.

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Date: 6/23/11 11:03 AM

patterns http://www.danamarie.com/patterns/index.htm#Patterns

Hopefully there is a link above. This is another option for larger sizes, see the about our sizes on the left of page click patterns first. I also emailed and asked if these pattern fit if you are the size in inches verse just "ease" and she said yes they would fit. I sew lots of the connie crawford patterns, cheaper thru butterick and they work well. I sew the 6X and have to alter up a little so you should be able to make them work for you.
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Date: 6/23/11 12:21 PM

Does your wife have a garment that she likes and that fits well? 1) Measure the garment and compare the garment measurements to the pattern measurements, or 2) Rub off a pattern from the garment. 3) If the garment is old, I'll cut it up and use it for a pattern.

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Date: 6/28/11 6:07 PM

Another company is silhouette patterns -

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Date: 3/20/14 4:51 PM

Expect to pay more for shipping than you do the patterns.

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Date: 3/20/14 10:47 PM

Watch for local drafting/fitting classes at your nearest fabric store, then you would be able to draft your own designs or buy and redraft a pattern design that doesn't match your wife's size.

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Subject: 5X & 6X womens tunic patterns Date: 3/21/14 7:46 AM

"Sewing for Plus Sizes" by Barbara Deckert is a very useful book about fitting and flattering plus size ladies. It is specifically for women's figures but some of the ideas would apply to men's figures too.

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