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I wish to start a group / make contacts with those who use patterns for what is commonly referred to as the ‘’plus size’’ women so I guess ( without insulting anyone or seeming that there is any discrimination going on as it is free for all) this would be anyone who is or has pattens for a UK size 12-14 + (USA size 10 ) EU 42. Reason(s)being I’m fed up of hoping for the best that I’ve graded my tiny patterns OK! So they will fit,I have seen in the last 2-3 months 2 other posts requesting dresses and patterns that would suit top heavy girls, another user has tried to promote more equality in terms of the models used by Burda which is fantastic. Burda has recently added a blog about selecting the ’’perfect’’ sized dress which is positive.

Please add me as a friend or message me or post something here this way a little community can be built and we can all have a good nose (lol) and see what other users/friends have been busy working on/ produced when you upload your pics………. and the best bit maybe even swap patterns and tips! And learn a few new tricks.



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    May 21, 2011, 06.43 PMby HannahSophie

    Size 12 is ‘Plus Size’? Nobody ever told me!

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      May 21, 2011, 08.43 PMby mskelly

      According to some yep sure is hun! You would probably never catch a size 10 + on the cat walk or modelling for Vogue now would we?? … lets face it sad but true!
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    May 21, 2011, 09.08 PMby HannahSophie

    For models, maybe, but I think in real life it’s quite a normal size – I think I recall reading size 14-16 is most common for British women, actually!

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    May 21, 2011, 09.26 PMby mskelly

    I would totally agree it is normal!

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    May 21, 2011, 11.36 PMby rogue-cellist

    I’m (AU) size 10 to 16… 10 on the bottom, 12 around the waist and 16ish on top. Dresses are a nightmare to fit so I hardly ever wear them. Down here in Aus “standard” sizes tend to run up to a 16 but even 14 is considered “big” while being the most common size for Aussie women. I think the media and catwalks feed this misconception about what “normal” is but we women don’t really help ourselves. I was a 12 in high school and generally considered to be “big” because a lot of my classmates were going to great lengths to be size 8. Not long ago I read an article about a beautiful woman who is a “plus size” model and had landed one of the big department stores over here, she looked to be about size 12 and in the comments section after the article there were a lot of people- both men and women- saying how she is fat and I thought that was really sad. I guess while 12-16 are common sizes they aren’t very well accepted. I’m no expert on grading patterns but I’ll happily join in!

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      May 22, 2011, 09.42 AMby mskelly

      Hello I’ve added you interesting read here its the same here in the UK No different and it’s such a shame to hear about the nasty comments made about the model how RUDE!!. But I’ve found that clothing stores such as H and M and Primark are the worst! Their prices are good but thye skimp on the cut of material and don’t always fit well. Over the years they have got a bit better but I too love making my own clothes when i can due to this and also it’s so cool being able to turn a great fabric into something nice and original. I have been forced to learn about grading as most patterns even multi- size do need some adjustments for most women whether you look like Kate Moss or Beyonce they are never 100% correct are they lol check out the below online resource this is where I started to learn about grading and its easy to pick up as they break it down for you also invest in a good sewing book, I personally like ‘’ the complete sewing book’’ by Alison Smith can be brought on Amazon.

      I’ve added you as a friend.
      happy sewing!



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    May 22, 2011, 01.10 AMby GraceW

    I’m a plus size and would probably be classed as an apple shape; and short as well. I’ve always had difficulty in finding clothing that suits me, that’s why I’m back sewing garments for myself. I’ve never been good at pattern drafting and adjusting patterns, so if I can find multi-size patterns I purchase them. It seems easier to draft a version that fits. I would love to hear how others cope with their own issues.

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    May 31, 2011, 11.52 PMby TabithaFoxx

    This sounds great! i got into sewing cause im a 18 on top, a 12 in the middle and a 16 on the bottom and i got sick of buying dresses that were large or bigger and hung like a sack on the rest of me, or a smaller size and …well you get the idea. I havent had much success yet. its a work in progress but i would love to add you and join your group :)

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      Jun 1, 2011, 01.53 AMby mskelly

      Cool… you sound like my kinda gal I feel your pain! I too am about a 16-18 up top, 12-14 in the middle and defo around 16 on the bottom. Then again this all depends on what shop I’m in. I have been passing on the above link on grading which you may wish to have a little look at. Thanks for stopping by and showing interest.

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    Jun 17, 2011, 04.05 PMby carolinescrafts

    Hi, I’ve not been sewing long and I’m a UK 14-16 and have been looking for pattern’s to sew that would suit my size.

    What really gets on my nerve about the shops in the UK is that it’s impossible to find jeans and trousers in a long leg length in my size, they seem to think that if your ‘tall’ (I’m not that tall, I just have long legs) your skinny!!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 10.22 AMby mskelly

      Thanks for stopping by if you are after patterns do a search on here for free patterns another user has uploaded some great dresses and bit and pieces for size 14 plus which you may want to favorite and sew along to, they look really nice.

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    Jun 18, 2011, 12.56 AMby harrietbazley

    I work in a charity shop – the ‘rule of thumb’ we are told to use for sizing clothes where no numerical size is given goes “XS: 6-8 / S: 8-10 / M: 12-14 / L: 16-18 / XL: 18-20”

    A 34" bust (which is a size 12) is not ‘plus-size’ in my book… and I’m a petite 8-10!

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    Jun 18, 2011, 08.59 AMby katexxxxxx

    I Sew Big! :)

    I sew LOTS of Big! :D Big can look fantastic in properly fitting clothes. Quite a lot of my work is to fit the folk that can’t get anything to fit in their size in the shops, at both ends of the size range. I have two prom frocks on the go right now: one would be about a UK size six, the other about a size 20.

    I used to be a UK 20-24. I’m now a size 12-16, depending which end of me and what it is! 12 -14 top (larger size in cheaper clothing) and 14-16 bottom. No-one tells ME I’m ‘fat’: they keep telling me I don’t need to ‘do Weight Watchers’! (Yes, I do. I’m 2 stone heavier than I really need to be for my frame, and it puts extra strain on already compromised knees).

    The thing is, people come in all shapes and sizes. I want to do my best to make them look and feel good at the size they are. It isn’t MY place to criticize their shape or size, but it is to advise them on the colours and styles that will flatter them and make them look lovely at the size they are. And to do that I need to be able to alter patterns or to draft from scratch to suit every size and figure type.

    My greatest criticism of the pattern companies isn’t that there aren’t enough patterns for larger or smaller sizes: there aren’t enough that are actually made people shaped! I ALWAYS have to alter something…

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      Jun 19, 2011, 10.13 AMby mskelly

      Hey Katexx I just wanted to take this opportunity to say great work that you are doing from reading this and I often see your work go up and your projects always look great. You also give some good ’’expert’’ advice, as from what I understand you have been sewing a long time ( probably longer than I’ve been alive lol) thanks for stopping by.

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      Jun 19, 2011, 11.44 AMby katexxxxxx

      Well, I’ve been sewing since I was 4, so about 50 years now… Hehehehe… Still get fab fun out of a needle and thread. I stared with dolls clothes and worked my way up. Put my first zip in by machine when I was seven. I still have that machine in my collection! :D

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.10 PMby sew4my3

      I consider Kate my right hand wo-man!

      If you’ve got a sewing question, she almost always has the answer or can find the answer.

      Gotta love my Kate!

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    Jun 18, 2011, 10.43 AMby ichigogirl

    Fabulous initiative! I won’t be in it, I often have to grade down patterns instead, but I still want to clap my hands and shout hooray, this is girl power and a way of empowering rather than putting oneself down. Great, I wish you success!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 10.13 AMby mskelly


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    Jun 18, 2011, 11.37 AMby judypeg

    Hi there. I’m a size 12, but always need to enlarge the bust as I am a D cup. I don’t consider myself particularly slim, but at 63 years of age I don’t want to look like I’ve got too much skin for my body. Know what I mean? I’d love to join your gang mskelly!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 10.19 AMby mskelly

      Consider yourself in! I understand about not wanting too much on show. With all due respect my mum is the same age as you and she still sews it would be great to be in contact with and learn from more mature ladies (other than my mum!) as well as the younger ones… great thing is you can be in your 60’s and still look like one hot mama when you create your own clothes. How long have you been sewing Judy?

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    Jun 19, 2011, 12.02 PMby ichigogirl

    I’m looking for volunteers to test a pattern I graded, it might be suitable for a few of you.

    I graded it up to sz 44, I didn’t dare to make it any bigger since it’s already graded 5 sizes up but if the sz44 is correct I can grade it up higher later on. So your help would be greatly appreciated!

    It’s a simple but nice shrug, VERY easy to sew, one pattern piece and two seams, read more here:


    or here: http://ancien-nouveau.blogspot.com/2011/06/perfect-shrug.html

    I hope some of you would like to help!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.21 PMby mskelly

      I’ll take a look at this and fit it in after the coffee date dress sew along which starts today so gimme a couple of weeks

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      Jun 19, 2011, 05.21 PMby ichigogirl

      Oh, please do! Or use it as a quick reward in between if you get stuck with the coffee date dress ;-)
      It’d be a great combination I think.
      Send me an e-mail at karin.arver at gmail.com and I’ll send you the pattern, then you can check it out whenever you want to.

      Anyone else who’s got an hour to spend? I usually upload my patterns in my own size only, but it’d be great if bigger girls could use them too, however I need help to be able to (nudge nudge!)

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