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Jennjv
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Date: 9/11/13 8:22 PM

I'm a beginning sewer and I'm a size 28-30 in most clothing stores. I can find lots of plus size patterns in sizes up to 24, but I'm struggling to find larger sizes anywhere. Because I'm a beginning sewer I was hoping to find patterns that were already larger so that I can start out learning to sew before I start learning to alter patterns. Any suggestions for websites or places I can buy patterns this size?

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Date: 9/11/13 8:39 PM

Welcome to Pattern Review

You could check out Connie Crawford's Line at Butterick -- I know some of her patterns go up to a 6X. You would have to check your measurements to determine which size would work for you.

Also some of the Khaliah Ali patterns at Simplicity go up to a 28W or 32W. Again, check your measurements against the size charts.

Remember that your RTW size is not your pattern size in most cases.

Good luck on your sewing adventure -- check back here whenever you have any questions.



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Date: 9/11/13 9:26 PM

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Remember that your RTW size is not your pattern size in most cases.

I can't emphasize how important and how true this is. Measure you own body and compare your measurements to the the measurement charts of the pattern company.

Many beginning sewers assume that RTW size numbers (RTW = ready-to-wear clothing sold in stores) and pattern size numbers are the same. In reality RTW sizes and pattern sizes have NOTHING to do with each other.

Always start with your actual body measurements to pick a pattern size.

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Date: 9/11/13 9:54 PM

Thank you both!! Great tips and places to start looking!

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Date: 9/11/13 10:34 PM

You should checkout the The Sewing Fanatic
Carolyn is a plus sized woman who posts a lot about translating high fashion to fit her plus sized figure and how she does it.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:45 PM

A number of Burda plus-sized envelope patterns go up to size 30 (56), 32 (58), or 34 (60). (I put the Burda/European numbers in parentheses.)

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Some of these are beginner-friendly. These, for example:

7505

7241


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Date: 9/12/13 7:16 AM

Kwik Sew also has Plus sizes. they range fro 1X 45 inch bust to
4X 57 inch bust

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Date: 9/12/13 9:10 AM

Get you a roll of some sort of tracing paper and a tape dispenser with a big roll of tape so you can make the patterns your own size. It is very liberating to be working on a copy when you are unsure of what you are doing as you can go back to the original if you get the pattern distorted or for whatever reason or choose a different size in the multisized ones if you find you need to. Most of the plus people seem to need to get the shoulders to fit and add in space to get bust or hip room it seems to me. It would be great to just lay out a pattern and cut but most of the time big sizes have to adjust the patterns in creative ways. When I came back to sewing garments for a larger body, I flat measured a few things I liked the fit of so I could check the pattern to make sure it had the space I needed in various areas or not too much. Sometimes the patterns are really big and have lot of ease so you know what you've got if you use the tape measure to check. There's lots of help on here so if you find a pattern with lots of reviews it is helpful at least to me to see what other plus people experienced when they used that pattern.

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Date: 9/12/13 9:19 AM

Welcome to Pattern Review. I started sewing because I am a plus size and could never find stylish clothes that fit. You will get lots of support and help here.

I also suggest Connie Crawford patterns - but you do have to kind of ignore the drawings. They are ugg. Instead, look at the line drawings. Also check out Petite Plus patterns. This is an independent company and she is always available to answer questions by email.

I also highly recommend looking at anything by Barbara Deckert. She has a fantastic class on Craftsy called Plus Size Pattern Fitting that will give you lots of information.

Oh gosh, I could go on an on. Stick with this and you will be so glad you sew.

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Date: 9/12/13 10:03 AM

In addition to the previously mentioned patterns, I also highly recommend Vogue's Sandra Betzina patterns. Her patterns are sized differently from anyone else's I've used, and they fit me without any alterations. I'm a slight pear with a waist larger than it should be, and my shoulders are more narrow than usual. Her patterns are sized by letters, so you will need to look at the measurements she uses for each one and choose the one which is closest to your measurements. I love everything I've made from her patterns and always buy new ones when they are on sale for $3.99 at Hancock's.

Burda's are also really great for larger women who are the typical German body type (which I am), but these patterns are usually more fitted than I like so I always add a little when cutting out to make sure I have the ease I like.

Good luck on your quest. Sewing for yourself really opens up your possibilities.

Linda in TN

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