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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Ottobre patterns for women ( Moderated by JEF)

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Date: 5/26/09 2:44 PM

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Date: 5/26/09 3:32 PM

Have you checked the ottobre website and looked at some of the plus models they include in the magazine? It might give you an idea of how their garments would work for you by comparing body type/shape to the women they have.

From my perspective (limited as I have not yet made up the patterns), they look very promising for plus figures. Many of the styles include a-line shapes (usually good for plus bodies) and some employ ease as a part of the design line so may fit even larger than the size chart suggests.

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Date: 5/26/09 7:11 PM

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I've also been looking at the CC patterns because I read somewhere that they are like tents, but that is basically what I need, since I have a small chest and a large stomach.

I've been known to say that about CC patterns. But it's not a good thing. Even with a tummy (which I have!), you shouldn't wear a garment that is loose and baggy all over or it's going to add visual weight we can do without.

You should look at the Ottobre Design measurement chart (it's under downloads, I think, on the OD website) to see how you'd fit into the patterns. The measurements are pretty accurate.

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Date: 5/27/09 9:12 AM

Depending on your size, CC patterns are often the only show in town. Because her size ranges are closer to RTW, a 28 (for ex.) in RTW can wear her patterns, while in standard patterns sizes, there just isn't that much available. Its hard enough to find cool patterns over a 22, let alone over a 28.

Have you looked at Hot patterns? Their pattern size range is closer to RTW as well and many designs have some ease built in (if that is a look you prefer) while others are more body conscious. They have some really cute knitwear patterns.

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Date: 5/27/09 2:05 PM

I think there is a place for CC patterns. For those of us that are larger it is hard to wear clothes that don't have alot of ease. When we sit we spread. I like to wear my shirts so that when I sit, there is still a little bit of ease, otherwise the fabric is clinging to the rolls and there is too much stress on the buttons. I can't tell you how many times I have popped off the bottom button on my RTW shirts.
I have learned that darts are our friends though. I made Butterick B5300 (I think that is the number) and even though it measures the same through the hips as all my other shirts, the vertical darts give it some shape and the illusion that it is smaller. It doesn't look like a tent.

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Date: 5/27/09 2:22 PM

I agree, however, I"m with Debbie in that you don't want it so loose and baggy it hangs. You can have a measure of room and still have it with shape to it.
As for finding patterns, I buy the largest available and draft up. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but if you don't want to do the work (or don't have time), then you have to look for other options. But do keep some shape to it.

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Date: 5/27/09 3:08 PM

I understand that extra ease is needed. But only where it's needed - that's my peeve. CC patterns just look (and are) big all over. Side bust darts give you shaping/fit instead of rotating darts to armholes to be left unsewn and baggy. Same for underbust darts/seams. That's what I mean. I don't think well-fitted is the same as too tight. And, conversely, enough ease does not equal huge and baggy. There is a middle ground that is both comfortable and flattering.

My 2 cents ...

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Date: 5/27/09 5:52 PM

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Date: 5/27/09 5:56 PM

Butterick has a sale at Joans starting tomorrow, I think. So you could try a CC and save some $$$. I think they are 1.99. I'll have to double check.
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Date: 5/28/09 8:50 AM

Just confirming- joan's does have Buttericks on sale 5/28-30, 1.99 per pattern.

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