Oh....do I love the 40's. But sadly, they weren't very plus sized back then...even their feet were little. *L* I have had to modify patterns. My favorite dress (and I have made three in different fabrics) are a mish mash of a skirt pattern that I liked and a top pattern that I liked...so I sort of faked them together and came up with this:
(don't mind my grumpy looking husband *L*...it's cause I looked better than him )
I will look and see if I can find the two patterns I used.
I've also found the fabric an accessories make all the difference.
try thefedoralounge.com....they always have good tutorials or can direct you to some.