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Date: 9/2/12 7:25 PM

I'm hoping to find a nice pattern to make myself a "little black dress" type dress (or two). You know - the one you always grab, you can dress up, dress down, but always works ?

BUT I cannot find a RTW one. EVER.

I am a big girl (5'5", 210 lbs), but small in the bust.

No matter what, I tend to look at least 4 to 6 months pregnant. Or else, the item looks like a mu-mu :(

I'm 35, I don't want to look like I stole a dress out of my great-grandmother's closet, but I also don't want to look like a teeny-bopper, if that makes sense.

My rough measurements are :
Bust : 44 1/2"
High Bust : 41 3/4"
Waist : 43 1/2"
Hips : 47"

I am not convinced I took these correctly though.

I'm also a relative beginner as far as my sewing skills, so I can't do anything overly complicated.

And I'm in Canada - I don't have access to many of the fancy pattern makers. I can easily access Simplicity, Burda, Butterick, Kwik Sew, and a couple others whose names are not coming to mind at the moment.

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Date: 9/2/12 7:28 PM

Simplicity 2917 is popular. Take a look at he reviews.

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Date: 9/2/12 7:40 PM

I don't know if you wear plus sizes or not, but if so, you might want to browse through Burda's plus collection, here. (I can't break it down by dresses only.)

Their main collection has a variety of sizes and styles, too. Burda dresses

I mention Burda because it has style and the fit is nice, rarely any mu-mu type things.

This classic dress (just came out this fall) would make a beautiful LBD -- a beautiful anything, really. It comes in a crazy number of sizes, too (10-28 U.S.). Burda 7137



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Subject: Looking for a pattern for a Little black dress Date: 9/2/12 8:58 PM

How'sMom, have you poked around much on the Plus Size forum here on PR? They have been having a lot of great discussions on flattering patterns of various types, and I bet you'll get a lot of ideas there.

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Date: 9/2/12 9:53 PM

This one has lots of vertical seams that would give you plenty of alteration and fine-tuning opprtunities, and I love the suggestion of the flippy little hemline. Simple and feminine. IMHO, of course...

Burda 7327
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Date: 9/3/12 3:01 AM

Butterick 5001, sadly out of print, but still available on Etsy and probably Ebay, is my go-to pattern (I posted this once already this morning -- getting repetitive in my old age HA!). It's not complicated, although it does require some basting.

I think it's flattering for just about every figure -- I'm 5'5", 265 lbs (can't believe I'm posting that!), and this is my go-to pattern. I've made dresses (adding a lining to the skirt), tops (with a peplum) and a skirt. I haven't made a LBD from it yet, but that's only because I haven't found the right black fabric yet!

Well, it's not quite the only reason I haven't made it in black yet: after wearing the tops and dresses a *lot* over our US holiday, I've come to find that, even though these are some of my most comfortable clothes, I want to tweak the fit a little. I think it might benefit from a small full bust adjustment (I think that will add enough extra fabric so the neckline isn't quite so plunging -- I don't mind cleavage, but there's time and place to consider!), plus there's a bit of extra fabric puddling in my low back, so I think a small swayback adjustment is also warranted. I also found that, while the 3/4 sleeve is perfect, the short sleeve is not the most flattering length for me *and* it ends up feeling a bit too snug, so I'll be making a couple of changes there, too.

Valuable to have the luxury of wearing several versions of the same pattern to figure out what tweaks will make it even better.

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Date: 9/3/12 4:11 AM

You might consider Simplicity 4014.
It has a wide size range, seems very flattering, and is liked by the people who have made it up in the larger sizes.

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Subject: Looking for a pattern for a Little black dress Date: 9/3/12 7:53 AM

These are all wonderful, and I will poke about the plus sized forum too.

But, wenznz - that 4014 dress is almost EXACTLY what I've been looking for !
I hope the pattern is available locally.

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Date: 9/3/12 8:22 AM

I'm not a plus size (5'2 size 10/12) but I don't have much of a shape. I have a 40th HS reunion coming up at the end of this month and here is what I'm making: Butterick 5706 View A and I'm planning on topping it with Simplicity 2183 View B(in lace or gauzy stuff). I found that layering is key for me. But I have to keep it light, because of hot flashes I'm working on a pretty brown linen for the dress(the "new" black). If this works, I'm going to make a LBD just to have on hand.

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Date: 9/3/12 9:10 AM

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But, wenznz - that 4014 dress is almost EXACTLY what I've been looking for !
I hope the pattern is available locally.

It should be, if you're in Ontario and anywhere near a Fabricland or other dealer that carries Simplicity. If it's not, that Burda dress that Karla recommended has a very similar shape, and would no doubt have a lovely fit. Fabrcland carries Burda as well.




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