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Topic: Making a dress for a plus sized friend, want opinions if this cut will flatter  (Read 3443 times)
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« on: July 29, 2010 01:49:51 PM »

So my friend's birthday is comming up, and I has no money, so im going to make her something. I want to make her a dress, but I dont have much practice sewing for plus sized. I have  a pattern i used for myself, and planned to simply make it bigger to fit her. But i wonder if this cut is flattering on plus sized girls, so i came to the one place i knew i could get answers!


this is the pattern i have, i guess its a sackdress? IDK. I made one for me and she really likes it.
If this is NOT a flattering cut, can someone suggest a tute maybe? she have a very bottom heavy shape. measurement 49-40-50 aprox. I love her and she fabulous, but needs some really fabulous clothes for her birthday! Thanks for the help!

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010 12:57:55 PM »

Give her a lot of space in the butt when you make her dress. I am around the same bottom size. And I know that things riding up sucks. When one bends over, the dress goes up several inches. Keep that in mind.  You might want to make the dress past her knees a little bit. 2-3 inches to accommodate sitting and standing and bending over.

Make the straps larger than 1.5inches. Thin straps don't always look good on a big girl. Especially with big bras. I say that because it seems the straps look a little thin. I would say 2.5inches maybe?

I say go for it. It looks pretty nice. Is it a surprise? if not, I'd say take her bust measurements some more and relate  them to your own. You might have to sew some pintucks to make space for the boobage.

Otherwise.... that's a pretty lovely pattern. Esp. For a gift. Good lucks.

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010 04:28:25 PM »

I am pretty close to those measurements, and if I saw that dress in a store, I'd at least try it on. It looks to have a nice A-line shape, which is usually flattering, especially on hippier girls. If she is busty, i.e. a D cup or above, I would second the suggestion to widen the straps. Also strap placement can be tricky. If the dress is not a surprise, you might have her come over, bringing her favorite bra, and do a fitting, checking to see where the straps should go.

Another suggestion is the ubiquitous infinity dress. Again, if she is busty, i suggest making the straps wider than the tutorial.

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2013 06:33:14 PM »

I would suggest making the straps a triangle, much wider. Sew the wide part of the triangle almost under the armpit, more to the edge of the dress, then sew it until it hits where the strap will normally be attached. This will hide that flabby bit of underarm fat that everyone hates. I would also suggest making a long-short style skirt. One which is longer in the back than in the front. Mid calf in the back and knee length in the front looks nice and you can't really tell that it's a different shape. I have to do this with any short skirts, because I have a ghetto booty kind of bum =P
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