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« on: May 18, 2009 06:27:58 PM »

So I went to JOanns when they were having their $.99 sale on patterns. I picked up quite a few of cute ones, mostly vintage inspired dresses and skirts... Before I got all crazy and bought the fabric I really looked at the sizing... Not one would fit me!!! Even the larger sizes. I am a size 18 in everyday wear and was wondering if there is any cute 1940's - 1950's style skirts and dresses that you guys have used that would work for me. Also I looked at the "plus size" section and I didn't like anything they had most of it looked like old lady stuff... To say the least I felt like a beached whale...




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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009 10:55:57 AM »

(pats her on the back)  Welcome to the club.  I rarely find patterns on sale with sizes over size 8.  It probably is due to the fact that normal and bigger sizes get sold anyway so they don't need to do sales to get rid of them.

I like buying pattern magazines, but they are scarce where they are.  In the end I just keep checking the current Burda (when I find it) to see what they've put in the plus section (I'm in that size band).  Half of the time I don't like it and leave it.  I can't access the Burda Plus in town, so from time to time I subscribe for a couple of issue to receive them at home.  I've just done it - two issues.  They'll send them along one whole year and I'm impatient to get hold of the first one.
That's the cheapest way of getting patterns ban making your own, which I not always am in the mood of doing.
By the way, 18 is not that big.  It's just that designers are a bunch of manics.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009 09:46:00 AM »

Hi, there!  I'm an 18 RTW, too, and I've found that I have good luck with any patterns whose sizing goes up to a 20-22.  Typically, patterns will go up to either of those sizes (at least, Simplicity and Butterick do)...McCall's tends to top out at 18.  I still get those, though, and use Vegbees awesome tute (here:  http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/09/resizing-pattern.html) to size them up just that tad bit more.  It works like a charm!

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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2009 08:43:02 AM »

I love vintage inspired clothing as well but I agree it's difficult to find decent patterns for larger women. Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009 09:48:50 AM »

I love vinatage patterns too, I think I've bought them all so far lol.  Few things I've noticed, Vintage Vogue runs tight, I made one dress that the bodice fit almost like a corset.  The Buttrick ones, some have more movement than others, I made one and it fit good with some extra movement space, made another and it fit tighter.   I wear a 16 RTW and find that 18 in Buttrick is what fits me.

 This could be a good time to learn to do full adjustments.

« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009 10:16:18 AM »

I mostly buy vintage patterns at thrift stores, I have very few that I've bought new from the store. Even when I was little in HS nothing would fit becuse of the boobs. I had to learn how to adjust everything myself. I've gotten fairly good at altering skinny girl patterns to be big girl patterns thank goodness. I wish someone would make us patterns that weren't for caftans, miu mius, tunic tops of shapeless capris. Maybe someday!

« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009 10:43:57 AM »

I've just received the autumn-winter issue of Burda Plus and it's got some beautiful garments!  I'm thrilled and want to make a few of them!

Then you look closely and the biggest size they support is their 54 -which means 122-104-128.  Enough for me, but it isn't really Plus.  They should see the marketing possibilities of a regular mag with bigger sizes.  But I guess I'm just dreaming.  This one comes out only twice a year, I guess they might want to publish that... once every two years?
They're missing a lot of potential customers, I think.

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