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Topic: Finally! A PLUS SIZE 40s Pinafore Dress!  (Read 11001 times)
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« on: August 11, 2011 03:09:28 PM »

Hey Gals! Grin
It's been a goal of mine to make a 40s pinafore dress in plus size...for like.....FOREVER!

I had to get my game in order before I could even attempt to draft one in my size (52 Bust, 47 waist and 62 hips). Here it is!




The design features are:
1. Button closed back
2. shoulder princess seams
3. one continuous ruffle from front to back waist
4. half circle skirt
5. self facing back enclosure
6 square neck with facings.
7. Sewn on contrast belt

That's pretty much what is on an original 1940s version. I didn't include pockets or ties, like they have.
Hope you enjoy it! I love comments/ questions!
((More gratuitous pics on my blog))

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011 03:24:21 PM »

Girl, you got skills.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011 03:29:33 PM »

Girl, you got skills.
  Gotto agree with cankle!  You've done a really great job on this, it looks fantastic!
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011 03:37:11 PM »

This is adorable!  I have some black with red cherries fabric that's destined to become a retro pin-up style dress of some sort....maybe one in this style!  I'm super scared to draft my own pattern for a full garment (drafting the bust for my simple apron tops is a different story!).  Mad props to you for creating such an awesome, well fitting garment.  I'm convinced us plus size gals ALL have mad modification skillz Wink  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011 03:43:03 PM »

This is adorable!  I have some black with red cherries fabric that's destined to become a retro pin-up style dress of some sort....maybe one in this style!  I'm super scared to draft my own pattern for a full garment (drafting the bust for my simple apron tops is a different story!).  Mad props to you for creating such an awesome, well fitting garment.  I'm convinced us plus size gals ALL have mad modification skillz Wink  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011 04:29:55 PM »

Hey you go girl.  this is an awesome dress.  i like to see other plus-size ladies make amazing clothes to fit all of our curves.  i really dislike the some fabrics the clothing industry choose.  we like fun prints, patterns, and solids.  KUDOS!!!!! Grin   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011 07:48:40 PM »

 Grin You are really rockin' that dress!  Great job and excellent design. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011 08:22:36 PM »

This is amazing! I checked out your other posts as well and all your dresses rock!
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2011 10:52:23 AM »

That is darling!  (and I love your hair!)
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2011 11:54:29 AM »

the fabric you used is adorable!  Nice work  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2011 01:28:36 PM »

Cute!!! I also love the hair!
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2011 08:32:53 PM »

Yet another fantastic dress, and I second that the fabric is darling! I've done very heavy alterations before, but drafting a pattern just seems so imposing.
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2011 11:16:30 PM »

You always make the best clothes.
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« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2011 01:22:18 PM »

Congratulations on your success!  That is fantastic.
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« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2011 09:52:01 AM »

Such cute fabric, fits the style. Looks like a damn perfect fit.
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2011 12:48:26 PM »

This dress looks awesome on you!
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2011 08:22:15 PM »

This is amazing! The fabric is adorable and the fit is great. Great job!! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2011 09:45:18 PM »

Fantastic--and it looks SO great with your current hair color.  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2011 11:36:20 PM »

Fantabulous dress. Now you have me motivated. Love it and your gorgeous hair!
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« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2011 03:15:42 AM »

That dress is beautiful! I love the fabric and the ruffles!  Grin

And... Oh my gosh, you are wearing the necklace you purchased from me! I seriously squealed when I noticed, hehe.  Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2011 04:30:50 AM »

That dress is beautiful! I love the fabric and the ruffles!  Grin

And... Oh my gosh, you are wearing the necklace you purchased from me! I seriously squealed when I noticed, hehe.  Cheesy

I also gave you a shout out with a link on my blog! I love this necklace  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2011 12:51:28 PM »

LOVE!! OMG I absolutely love your style! I always wanted to be cute like you in all your vintage style, but I could never find anything in my size either, I need to learn to make my own clothes so i can be cute like you! Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2011 05:03:00 PM »

LOVE THIS. I am plus size and looking for dress pattern for a pinafore dress but am coming up short... did you you draft this pattern yourself?
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2011 05:54:46 AM »

LOVE THIS. I am plus size and looking for dress pattern for a pinafore dress but am coming up short... did you you draft this pattern yourself?
Yes I did draft it myself  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: August 19, 2011 03:06:57 PM »

Love the dress! Love even more the complete look! Your hair is styled perfectly for the dress, compliments it perfectly, AND I see you have pink hair- LOVE!
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That dress is beautiful! I love the fabric and the ruffles!  Grin

And... Oh my gosh, you are wearing the necklace you purchased from me! I seriously squealed when I noticed, hehe.  Cheesy

I also gave you a shout out with a link on my blog! I love this necklace  Grin

Aawww... thank you so much!  Cheesy

Now I'm gonna go look at your blog and wish that I could make clothes as cute as yours!  Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2011 07:11:10 PM »

Such an awesome dress. I was totally thinking: hot mama! with that picture.
You redrafted a pattern for this?
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« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2011 12:26:32 AM »

I love this!!! You are such a great seamstress !!! I am so jealous! I wish I knew how to slope a pattern! wah! The buttons in the back are SOOOO cute! Love it!
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« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2011 12:04:01 PM »

I love this dress. You've got talent and this pinafore dress looks adorable on you!
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« Reply #29 on: September 20, 2011 08:48:54 PM »

Okay, I'm officially jealous.   Cheesy

I LOVE this dress!  It's absolutely perfect.  Funny enough....you're almost my size, too.  My boobage is a bit smaller though. 

You did a great job.  I finally got a dress form recently and have been working on a few things....this will have to be added to my list.  With any luck, I'll get it finished before I'm 90.

Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all!

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« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2011 07:22:43 AM »

so cute and I love the fabric choice. This is so nice wish I had one. keep up the great work. Your stuff is always inspiring for me.
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« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2011 09:44:39 AM »

OMG.. I just looked at your blog.  you are amazing!  I wish that I could understand patterns.. I have been trying to make a shirt for my boyfriend for the past 2 months and I can't get past the collar bit!  STUPID COLLARS!  again.. you are amazing.
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« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2011 06:35:11 PM »

This dress is so adorable, I especially LOVE the pink ruffle part!
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« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2011 03:18:55 PM »

I love the ruffles. I have a thing for square necklines too. This dress is just amazing.
Did I mention already I think you are super talented?

I have kinda given up lately and am just sewing dresses for kids...no fitting to do and instant gratification!
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« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2011 05:54:33 PM »

I love it! Cheesy

I really want to make some dresses, thanks for the inspiration!
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