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« on: November 03, 2007 11:13:18 PM »

I am about to rip my hair out over this...In recent months, I have regrettibly gotten too fat for my Victorian dress, which I purchased at Recollections.biz (a truly wonderful site). Unfortunately I cannot currently afford to buy a newer dress in a larger size. However, my mother has offered to attempt to sew one for me. There is only one problem: I can't, for the life of me, find a site that has plus-size Victorian costume patterns for sale! I generally wear a size 20 or 22 top, and a 24 bottom. My bust is 46 in, my waist is 45, and my hips are 57. 

If anybody could direct me to a site which features such I would be eternally grateful!

« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007 11:52:18 AM »

lafnmoon.com          (Laughing Moon web site)
oldpatterns.com/links.html  (an entire page of links)

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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007 09:52:48 PM »

I'll second either Laughing Moon or Truly Victorian patterns.  Cause, they'll fit me and I'm bigger than you:)


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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007 10:03:03 PM »

Are the measurments given on Truly Victorian not totally accurate then? I'm interested in trying these two patterns:


But it looks like they will not fit me...the largest waist on the shirt goes to 42, and on the skirt it only goes to 40 (I'm 45)...am I just not looking at the right patterns?

« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013 05:18:27 PM »

Unfortunately it depends on the definition of "plus size". Store sizes also have veered so far away from pattern sizes it's infuriating. Figure 3 or 4 sizes bigger in a pattern than you buy in the store.

I have had good luck with Simplicity 2354. It goes up to a size 32, which is 54" bust and 49" waist. It's not technically a Victorian pattern, but it's a good jump-off point to start customizing on. If you start with that, and find the sleeves, etc., you want in a not quite big enough pattern, you can sort of cut things bigger to go with the dress. Or sort of hybridize patterns.

If you are looking at really historically accurate, you might be disappointed with this pattern, it's a back zip one-piece with a princess or darted bodice but not very detailed. But you can add a drape and/or bustle, add trim or a lace collar, use the top for the top of a two-piece dress, get creative and you can make a look that is quite Victorian. And you know if it's not big enough everything else is moot!

I have recently discovered Mantua Maker patterns. I have not tried any of them yet, they are kind of expensive, but they go pretty large and they are supposed to be historically accurate.
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2013 11:40:53 AM »

Is there nothing you can do with the dress that doesn't  fit anymore?
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