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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Meds have made dd suddenly plus size, what styles could I sew for her? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Meds have made dd suddenly plus size, what styles could I sew for her?
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Date: 2/14/08 12:51 PM

My dd has to take medicine that has caused her to gain a huge amount of weight in a very short time. She's gone up 8 sizes and has gone from very slender to puffy apple shaped. I'm a large person but I'm big all over (over 6 ft and a size 1X) and I'm not sure what styles would look good on her. Any suggestions? She's 5 ft 7in, small boned and right now she's very puffy; her stomach is the biggest part of her. Her hips are normal and she wears a A cup bra.

I made the Hotpattern Weekender Cabana T-Shirts for her, but she had picked out some gray tissue knit for and it shows every bump. She was just about in tears. I could really use some style suggestions as I'd like to make some things for her that would help her fell a little better about herself.
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Date: 2/14/08 1:07 PM

Rosie-If the HP top fits, try it in a knit that is a little more substantive. The fabric is so important to looking good for plus sizes. The fit needs to skim the body...not tight and not billowing. In general, V necks help bring attention to the face. I know that this must break your heart seeing her soo unhappy. Keep trying and she will feel better just knowing that she is worth the attention. Best of luck-
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Date: 2/14/08 2:23 PM

Thanks Corinne,
The HP top fit so I'll give it another try in something that's not a clingy.
Rosie

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Date: 2/14/08 3:50 PM

I have this identical problem with a daughter on meds. Necklines which seem to emphasise the face are good, a kind of wide V shape works well. There have been many errors, anything too clingy looks bad and the billowing tent look is no good either; My best efforts have been adjusting patterns to give interest in the neck/shoulder area without a lot of decolletage, or making deep diagonal or vee shapes with the seams which incorporate bust shaping.

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Date: 2/14/08 4:31 PM

I'm not particularly apple shaped but I am somewhat shorter than your daughter (5' 3") whichi to my mind makes me look dumpy with my weight.

I find that too casual does not look good on me at all. To be frank, it just makes me look like a fat slob. So I've been trying to stay away from t-shirt type stuff unless it's pretty substantial.

Loosely belted tops may work. I ones that are lose and I can kind of angle down my front. It makes my waist seem smaller so that may help play down her apple shape.

Lower necklines seem to be better for me--not cleavage bearing but just lower or a button up top. Definitely not crew necks. Those are horrible!

I also like vests and jackets as long as they have shape. Shapeless to me just makes you look larger.

Unfortunately I can speak from experience that until she's used to her new size, anything is going to make her feel bad especially if she's ballooned up quickly because she's used to seeing a smaller body and hasn't had time to adjust her mind set.

She would do well to focus on her make up and hair some which will help some. And no matter her size, be proud and stand tall. Sometimes we can't help our size but that doesn't mean we can't be proud.

I hope she doesn't give up and keeps trying. Maybe if she could try on some stuff in stores to get an idea of what she likes and feels more confident in?

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Date: 2/14/08 5:37 PM

I know you're not looking to buy clothes, but if you look at these websites, you may get some ideas about kinds of styles.

They are some of the only ones that use plus sized bodies to show their clothes:
http://www.makingitbig.com/
http://www.kiyonna.com/plus-size-clothing.htm
http://www.torrid.com/torrid/index.jsp
http://www.alight.com/



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Date: 2/14/08 11:23 PM

Youngest DD is a plus size and shops at Torrid and also at Macy's women's store.

Torrid

Macy's Plus Sizes

The Gap has some stuff up to a size 20 if that would work for her but you have to buy on line. Nothing in the stores.

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Date: 2/15/08 7:09 AM

Thanks for all the ideas. Sewing just large sizes for myself I never realized how difficult it would be if your stomach was the largest part of you and you weren't pregnant. I will defiantly try the neckline thing and look through the pictures. Maybe a tunic would work? Her feet, ankles and knees are swollen, but they were so thin to start with that maybe a pair of pants that are on the skinny side would work.

Thank you so much,
Rosie

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Date: 2/15/08 11:22 AM

How awful for your daughter! I hope she is better soon.

I think there are some magazines/websites aimed at dressing the larger woman and teen, you might ask her to print out/cut out what appeals to her and see what you can do with her choices. Also, burda has some cute things for larger teens-- that could be a great place to start looking for patterns.

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Date: 2/15/08 12:51 PM

Eight sizes sounds like a lot to go up -- have you talked to your doctor about this?
My heart goes out to your daughter -- this must be extremely hard on her. It's hard enough growing up and dealing with self-image issues without nasty surprises being thrown into the mix.

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