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« on: April 26, 2014 10:35:02 AM »

So I would like to make an empire waist dress. I found a tutorial but it's for a french size 40 and I need a 52. The author advices to add 2cm per size, which would mean adding 12cm, but somewhat I see this ending as a disaster... Judging from the pieces of the pattern, it's just the perfect cut, with a square neck and little sleeves, so I'd like to use this one. I have the whole outfit in my head, complete with the contrasting cropped cardi I will crochet. The only thing it lacks is maybe bust darts. I can sew, although I sew by hand so it takes time, but I've never done drafting. Also the last haberdashery in my town has just closed and now if I want a pattern I would have either to buy the Burda magazine that only has one or two plus patterns and whose plus size editions are very matronly, or go by train to Paris' fabric neighbourhood, and it makes me extremely anxious (I have GAD) because of the train and metro and this is a very crowded neighborhood, so I'd rather not have to go to buy a new pattern.

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014 01:30:28 PM »

I know it can be easy to size up one or 2 sizes but going up that much could be a challenge.  I would recommend checking burda's website to see if there is a plus sized pattern that might suit, because you can download them.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014 04:24:23 PM »

Can you post a picture of what the dress is supposed to look like?
Think i might have a idea but not sure if i got it right.

Sizing up the skirtpart shouldn't be a big problem, you can do that by adding cm's.
Print the pattern , and see how much cm's you need to add.
Lets call the amount of cm's you need to add 'X'
Now lets count the number of parts in the skirt, i count 3, 2 front pieces and 1 in the back.
So dive "X "by 3 ( number of pieces) and than dived by 2( each piece has 2 seams).
Now you know that you need to add at each side to make it fit.
Remember to increase the " plis part " on the back piece also.
And that was the easy part.

You can do the same with the toppart, but and i have been a size 50 in the past , i don' t think it will give you the fit you want .
The way it is now it really is just a square part of fabric with no shaping and that aint a nice fit ,speaking of expirience and in no way trying to be rude or insulting.

Have you got any pattern regarding a shirt or dress with sleaves or which fits you good?
It's gonna be alot easier to alter that to what you want.

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