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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > fashion for mature ladies ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 9/10/09 4:56 PM

Is there a designer out there that has patterns for ladies over 60? I want to look nice in classic garments, but it seems all the patterns are for younger women or teenagers. I'm not ready to wear muu-muus yet! Any ideas anyone???

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Date: 9/10/09 5:42 PM

Are you familiar with Sewing Workshop and Loes Hinse patterns? Both are styled for Baby Boomer women, IMHO.

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Date: 9/10/09 6:07 PM

I turned 60 toward the end of March and am not ready for muumuus yet either, but I find patterns everywhere for women our age! The Big 4 have lots, and so do the others referenced as well as Burda, Jalie, etc. There are indisputably lots of them for younger women as well, but I just ignore those!

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Date: 9/10/09 6:41 PM

Maybe you could look at the blog Advanced Style for some inspiration. It features mature folk with a great sense of style.

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Date: 9/10/09 7:05 PM

This article recommends Donna Karan (and has some links within it that are fun, too). Or what about Anne Klein? Maybe the Vogue Woman line, Sandra Betzina or Marfy? Kwik Sew?

I tend to lean towards more tailored clothes, and I lean towards the designer patterns in the Big 4, and I buy LOTS of Burdas, too. For me, the baggy, artsy, mumu type things just don't work. I think they would make me look older and yet uncomfortably childish all at the same time. :o) That's for ME, though. Lots of other people look great in those styles. I have the added challenge of being 50 AND fat, so I have to try twice as hard (POOR ME). I love Burda Plus magazine and patterns, by the way.

Maybe you could look through some catalogs such as Soft Surroundings, J Jill or Coldwater Creek, or look at some ready-to-wear such as Ellen Tracy or Eileen Fisher and find some things you like, then find similar patterns, regardless of the designer.

And I've now prattled on long enough that I forgot the question, a sure sign that it's time to shut up.

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Date: 9/11/09 7:59 AM

Thanks for all the great ideas!

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Date: 9/11/09 8:08 AM

I am 59 and I find patterns everywhere too. I sew mainly Burda magazine or Vogue. I am full busted and love a semi fitted look for the most part, so I am not a big fan of the Sewing Workshop. 60 is not old these days and lots of fashion is available to us. Fabric choice is a big part of it. An all over flower, especially a small one is just too girlish at our age. But, I love an animal print, just in moderation. I look for things that have good lines and lots of fitting seams. I think that getting things that fit well goes a long way to being appropriate. This month's Burda magazine has plenty that is appropriate for the stylish, older woman. I don't know what our figure type is, but finding styles that suit your shape is important, as is proportion. We have a big advantage over women who have to buy rtw.

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Date: 9/11/09 8:12 AM

Donna Karan is our age and she has always been a woman friendly designer. I love her stuff and study her collections on Style.com.

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Date: 9/11/09 9:44 AM

There is also Ottobre woman pattern magazine which frequently features patterns that have classic but updated lines and the models are real sized people...some younger, some older...but I find it interesting to see real people in the clothes. The line drawings are good too, like burda.

There are other threads here on PR discussing each issue that you could find with the search feature.

Here is ottobre website where you can see the latest issue.

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Date: 9/11/09 10:35 AM

Sari, I find I have much better luck looking at the PR review gallery than at pattern catalogs and envelopes. Here you can see how the patterns look on real people, as opposed to models, or worse, drawings. I've found lots of patterns this way that I wouldn't otherwise have thought twice about.

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