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This is going to start probably a heated discussion but I just wanted to say that I am so incredibly disappointed with your recent blog post True Grit: 11 New Plus Size Patterns for Adventures

This is not a rant about the fashions, you get enough about that, this is a rant about the model.

All “what is and what is not plus” arguments aside, technically your plus sized pattern chart generally starts at 44 and runs up to 52…can you honestly tell us that the model in this blog post is wearing a 44 or larger? Honestly?!

And if she is wearing a 44 then this photoshoot comes across as showing the “oversized” fashion trend, not plus fashion because she does not not normally wear a 44 or larger. I sew and wear a Burda 40 or 42 and if you are trying to tell me this woman is larger than me then we both need our eyes checked.

Tell me how you can put up this blog post and not think it affects how women see their bodies? How is this better than a trashy magazine that Photoshops their size 0 models?!

I avoid those magazines because they contain negative and impossible to achieve body images, they make me sad and hate my body.

Instead I look to the sewing community for my inspiration and positive body affirmations. I also come here (although less and less often now!) for inspiration, not blog posts that show (what I think) a size 36 model wearing size 44 (but probably not) clothing labelled " plus" sized

I’m sorry, this post is probably a ramble but I am truly furious. You do a few things that irk me and I feel you ignore your community but this is just the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen on this quality decreasing site and I hope you get a huge amount of backlash because this is unacceptable.

Now, I don’t expect to ever see you respond to this or the many comments on the blog post so go on, surprise me!


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    Sep 1, 2013, 09.36 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    And because you STILL have not fixed the forum (it’s been years guys, new posts still do not show on the forum homepage until they attract a comment) I bumping this with another comment so it shows on the first page.

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    Nov 11, 2013, 01.14 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    I agree with your rant. There is no way some of their “plus-size” models are actually Plus. It is really annoying not to see how the clothing looks on a person with the correct proportions. Another reason why I prefer to pattern cut for myself these days. Look into it Burdastyle!!

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      Nov 11, 2013, 06.50 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      They actually sent me an email about this stating how they would address the community about this…then nothing happened! AND THEN the next plus sized lot of the patterns were exactly the same :( I don’t even know why I am even on this site anymore

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    Nov 12, 2013, 10.57 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    I must be honest I don’t use it much expect as a record of all my projects, pattern cut, vintge & ordinary commercial patterns. I never use the downloaded patterns & if I really, really want a plus size burda pattern, i’d trace it. But I’d rather pattern cut my own, then at least I know it fits correctly! :)

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    Jan 8, 2014, 01.50 PMby blueartisan

    Oh I agree, I am pretty sure my arm is fatter than that models thigh! If she is plus sized then we all might as well shoot ourselves now and be done with it!

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    Feb 20, 2014, 05.20 PMby Melle Eldridge

    Can anyone just tell me what the dang sizes are in US?? That’s great it goes up to 52.. but what does that MEAN?

    I’m one person. I can’t exactly be measuring myself and getting anything accurate. I need a best guess toward what size I already know I wear… Then add at least a size for handmade versus RTW. :-/

    But I can’t find a size chart that goes past 16/44…

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    Feb 20, 2014, 05.22 PMby Melle Eldridge

    Nvm. I found it….

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    Mar 2, 2014, 02.40 AMby lillemus

    Does anyone on this thread know where to find good patterns for plus sizes? I like Scandinavian simple cool

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