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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2010 05:34:13 PM »

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  Grin )
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.
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2010 01:51:36 AM »

I love this photo!  Grin You both look SO stylish!
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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2010 08:31:11 PM »

What I enjoy doing is finding the style I like..whether it be a top or dress then spending an hour or better finding a pattern online for it!! McCall's and Simplicity are one of my first bookmarks on the computer!! I look and look and look until I find something that closely resembles what I'm looking for. And just in case, I find 2-3 more similar patterns incase the one I really want isn't in stock when I go to the store to get the pattern. 

Speaking of...I do LOVE the Burda six gore pattern and it will be my next pattern search!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2010 04:01:26 AM »

I'm a scooter girl looking for a totally mod scooter dress or a great mod dress with cap sleeves. I can't seem to find any in my size (approx size 16-18 in ready to wear) and it seems all the patterns I find aren't near my measurements. I don't sew, so I'm looking for one of 2 things: a seller that sells plus size vintage 60s dresses, or a seller that sells patterns that would work with my measurements (40-43-47) that I can give to somebody so they can make a few for me to match my amazing gogo boots. I the meantime I scour the thriftstores, but yuck, nothing.

Thanks!!!

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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2010 12:21:39 AM »

I would definitely second the Collete patterns recommendation upthread as well as adding a suggestion to check out NVL patterns on etsy.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/NewVintageLady  She reproduces vintage plus size patterns that are just delightful.
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« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2010 03:59:05 AM »

NVL does not make past a 2X and Collete stops at a 1X.  Angry

ALL pattern companies really neglect to size the hips correctly for plus size. I have yet to see one that can accommodate a pear shaped plus size person  Cry
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2010 11:51:05 AM »

I recommend the book "Sewing for Plus Sizes" by Barbara Deckert if you can find it...amazing lady with great info on how to alter patterns for your curves. Just ignore some of the...um...outfits she wears in it.  Tongue I wouldn't have a wardrobe without this book, as I don't care for ready-to-wear anything except the odd pair of jeans for grubbing about in the garden. 

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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2011 03:01:46 PM »

I have a few links that might be helpful:

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2453-misses-dresses.aspx
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2349-misses-dresses.aspx
http://www.simplicity.com/p-2025-misses-dresses.aspx
http://www.fashion-era.com/1940s/1948_fashion_sewing_patterns_1.htm
http://www.decadesofstyle.com/

Also there is an awesome site that has some very pretty fabric:
http://www.moodfabrics.com/index.php?file=categorylist&icatid=2

Hope these are helpful there is also one more that I love:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1486_couture/create.php
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« Reply #18 on: February 04, 2011 05:05:31 PM »

so happy i found these postings! now if i could discipline myself enough to learn how to read a pattern!!!

please keep posting ladies!!!
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2011 08:51:45 AM »

I recommend the book "Sewing for Plus Sizes" by Barbara Deckert if you can find it...amazing lady with great info on how to alter patterns for your curves. Just ignore some of the...um...outfits she wears in it.  Tongue I wouldn't have a wardrobe without this book, as I don't care for ready-to-wear anything except the odd pair of jeans for grubbing about in the garden. 

Blessings, prairiefire

I second this....this is a great book!  My husband got it for me for christmas...and I've been a sewing fool ever since!  Her info on altering patterns is AWESOME!!
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