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« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2005 09:50:27 AM »

This is my world too - I am a size 22. I am making my own because i can't find anything either.
I want to make these http://www.modemerr.com/index.html - All of them!
A simple skirt with a bit of added flare at the bottom and a top to keep my boobs in place - what more can a girl ask for.
Let me know what you are looking for and maybe I can help you design a pattern for it - I am not an expert but I will share what I know.

Aren't those clothes the cutest?  Angela (the owner/designer) is a friend of mine and super sweet.  I know it's not the same as making your own but she'll totally make clothes with custom sizing.  Wait til you see the new ones. 

As for patterns some of the Khalia Ali (sp?) I saw in either Butterick or Simplicity weren't bad.  I'm sure with some minor modification and cool fabric you can totally make something fun.
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2005 10:32:22 AM »

I think I'll try this pattern:


It's got that lovely cross-over look that's so flattering to a large chest, and it'd be a chance to show off my poor neglected waist.  I figure I should be able to size it up by looking at the difference in proportions between a Medium and a Large, and extrapolating how to change things from that - or is that a bad, bad idea? I'm going to need to alter the pattern for modesty's sake - some women should never leave home without wearing a bra.  Maybe I could put a panel across the back...would that need some tailoring?  I know I'll have to put a little piece across the front, behind the place where it crosses over the chest, but I don't think that'd require anything special, really. 

Now I just need to find the right fabric...and some practice fabric, since I don't think I want to leap right into the finished version right away!  Are there any pitfalls I should watch out for?  I was going to use a sturdy sort of cotton.  Does cotton shrink much...?

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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2005 10:51:11 AM »

That's a lovely choice.  I don't know exactly how much cotton shrinks but you should be fine if you wash it first.  That way you won't have any nasty surprises.  The only thing that I can think of to watch out for is to make sure the halter parts are wide enough to cover what you want covered.  I usually cheat and resize by comparing my measurments to the pattern's measurments; figure out how much is added for each size; and then use a washable pencil to draw out the extra allowance. There's a more complicated way which I guess is the right way where you actually cut the pattern in the middle and add tissue paper to size.  Like I said, I cheat.  I think the short cut might only work if you're adding a few inches or so.  Making a test pattern would be a really good idea.  If you plan on making the real dress in cotton, muslin would be a good pattern fabric.  It's light so you can easily see markings and it's cheap.
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2005 12:06:28 PM »

Definitely pre-wash your cotton!  A nice twill would be nice... it's sturdy, but not clingy, and really easy to sew (it doesn't slip about on itself).  I don't know what colours flatter you best, but red is sexy on everyone!  Good luck (and post pics when you're done)
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2005 11:48:15 AM »

It'll be at least a week before I have money to go get the fabric and pattern...so I guess I have to wait until then to start.  Sigh.

I think I'll get a nice peach-pink cotton twil.  My complexion is pink and peachy, and my hair is red, so that'll look really good on me - plus, I'll be able to wear my brown sandals with it.  Should I avoid patterned fabrics, since this is my first dressmaking experience?  I know that you have to match up stripes and plaids, but do you have to do the same for florals?  And what sort of price per yard should I be looking at...?

I feel so tense about this, but so excited!  The idea of having a pretty dress is really just great!
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« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2005 12:08:24 PM »

I wouldn't worry about matching florals unless they're in an obvious straight line.  I don't think you have to stay away from patterns, I would just choose one that is on the smaller scale (think rosebuds instead of bouquets) and not super busy.  Cotton prices vary.  Usually quilting stores sell them between $7-10 a yard and Joann's varies (look for coupons).  I would say make a test pattern first on cotton muslin which I think is $5 or less a yard and then you won't ruin your more expensive fabric if you make a mistake.
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« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2005 03:01:18 PM »

I thought of this pattern right away when I read your post....
Nice full skirt, waist shaping etc.

I am sure it could be easily adjusted to what ever size you need.
OH MY LORD!  I NEED THAT DRESS! (I am not large around the waist, but around the breasts... this looks like a good dress to show off what God gave me!)

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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2005 09:07:46 AM »

have u tried maternity dresses?Huh?

OH DEAR GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2005 09:15:04 AM »

I just want to say that this is the kind of thing that makes me FURIOUS. I'm a big girl, too. It frustrates me to no end that it is so hard to find decent clothing. There's simply no excuse for it. Why shouldn't we be able to wear nice clothes too?

I hope you're able to find what you're looking for. If you do, be sure to show us the finished dress!!

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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2005 09:58:33 AM »

Another big girl here.  Size 20.  I carry most of my weight in my belly, so fitted dresses really don't work for me.  My most flattering dresses are the ones with princess seams.
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