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« on: May 18, 2011 11:09:55 PM »

I'm the maid of honor at my sister's wedding and I finally picked my dress from Davids Bridal.   Sadly, it is strapless and since I am a big gal with the whole big gal upper arm issue, I have never really ever worn anything sleeveless, let alone totally strapless.  I need a bolero jacket.  Not just because of the big arm issue, but also because of 20 years of farmer's tan I seem to have going on and no idea on how to reverse it/ even it out in the next 10 weeks. 

Davids has a jacket that is made to go with my dress, but I really dont want to dish out the $50 they want for it.  I'm already paying enough for the dress and alterations.   Plus, the jacket only goes to a 3x and while everywhere else it fits, the arms are still a little too snug for my liking.  I really need something in a 4x, or around a 28w. 

I've been combing the internet for alternatives, but what I have found are not quite what I'm looking for.  So, I thought I could make on easily enough, and probably a lot cheaper than the one at Davids costs.  I've been combing the internet for patterns all evening and even went thru all the pattern books at Hancock Fabrics yesterday and havent found anything.   

Does any one here know where I can find a pattern?  There was one pattern I found that I really liked but it only went to a size 16, I think.  How easy would it be  to bring that to my size?  I'm not a sewer, but my mom is and she is fairly good. 

Anything would be helpful!
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011 02:22:52 PM »

Take a look at: khaliah ali pattern 2947
Project Runway pattern 2662 (you could shorten it)

What color and fabric type are you looking for? Could you find something close, and alter it? Knits like machine made sweaters don't usually fray, so maybe you could buy a longer one that fits well and cut off the extra. You could even edge it in lace to dress it up more.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011 07:14:33 PM »

Thanks, I'll look at those patterns.   I was wanting to match the fabric to my dress, which is black cotton sateen.  I know anything sweater-like is probably going to be out of the question.   The wedding ceremony is going to be outside in August in Missouri. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012 03:04:29 PM »

Starfire- Im the maid of honor for my best friends wedding in june and I LOVE the flowy chiffon strapless dress iv picked out but id like to have a shrug or something to have if I'm feeling "arm fat aware". I cant find anything either! Its ridiculous...you'd think pattern designers would see the wisdom in making pretty plus sized patterns.
Even shopping for one is hard.if I find something attractive its not plus size or it is but it only goes to a 2x Or! Its the wrong color...yikes maybe i'll just forget it cause I'm lucky enough to have a very laid back bride to work with and she could care less about my arms.
My point is...I feel your pain and if I find something I'll let ya know.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012 09:43:17 PM »

Oh wow, I forgot I posted this!   Thanks for all the advice, everyone.  I ended up just buying David's shrug and was going to just live with tight sleeves.  Then the wedding got cancelled and I have never worn the dress or jacket.   Undecided   I'm going to New Orleans in March so maybe I'll take them with me. 


sakuracat23-  Thanks for the thought!   I have managed to find some at fashion Bug in their dress section.   They are usually black, white, or grey though.   Good luck!
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