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« on: February 27, 2014 03:44:15 PM »

I posted this in the General Sewing section with absolutely NO response, I'm reposting here. Hopefully, someone here will be able to help!

Hi All
I recently discovered a sewing lounge within walking distance of my home. I have been encouraging a friend to come with me, to become a better rounded and more skillful seamstress, since we both learned to sew by refashioning.  Her argument against it, however, is that when she went to a sewing (by a pattern) class at our local community college they told her that she wouldn't be able to take the class if she couldn't find the required patterns in her size..... AFTER she paid for the course, of course. For some reason, the patterns weren't available in her size. Now she has a bitter attitude towards patterns in general. For reference, she is quite busty and measures 43in- overbust, 39-41-49.  In terms of style, she has a HUGE love for Modcloth's style of clothing and anything from the early to mid 80s.

So, what pattern companies, indie or mainstream, are likely to have something she can work with, size-wise and style-wise?  What are her options? I really want her to not feel excluded by pattern companies and to expand her skill set! I did tell her she'd be more likely to have luck with indie pattern companies but couldn't really name any that would definitely have her size.  Sad
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014 04:48:15 PM »

She needs to learn how to do a  fba (full bust alteration ) and take it from there .  Wink

The big companies all have patterns that come with bigger cup sizes/  pieces :

Vogue calls them  custom fit patterns but they run up to "D" and dont go that big in size.

Simplicity calls them amazing fit  , run up to "D"  but they do fit DD also.
And simplicity patterns always turn out really big  so take that into account if she want to make one of those

Burda patterns are for a C cup .
Burda plus patterns are a "D" cup

Colette i think is for C also but you can get away with a D cup.

Ottobre also is for C cups , but the patterns are for big sizes with a really good fit .
But dont think it might be her type of patterns , but it would be a really good starting point .

Hot patterns go up in cupsize with size .

Kwik sew xxl and xxxl patterns are for D cups xxxxl patterns are for DD cups

« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014 05:10:10 PM »

Thank you for replying! I'll be sure to forward this to her!!
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