Simplicity dress patterns

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  1. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    I am not familiar with making a pattern that fits sizes up to 16 to go into a PLUS size......any suggestions in how making the pattern fit a PLUS sized woman?

    I remember my grandmother used to have newspaper for the outlines but not sure if this will work for the pattern itself. With all the darts and inseams and so forth, would you need to move it away from the center to even up the lines (ie. the busts...you dont want them squeezed together with the darts they tell you to sew!)

    Its a civil war dress pattern!
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2041676_alter-sewing-patterns.html

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    altered a lot of patterns, the link above is the method I USUALLY use. It is best to add the extra inches along the seam lines but sometimes you can get away with adding in the center, etc.

    Biggest hint is to don't forget to alter ALL the pieces. For example, if you widen a bodice neckline, don't forget you'll need to do the same thing to the facing piece. If you widen an arm hole, you'll have to add some to the edges of the sleeve, etc.

    Here are a site with other links

    http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa050999.htm

    good luck!
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Dont they make plus size patterns? Check Joann or Hancock fabric, they should have all the books. And on most patterns are lines drawn on that you can cut and expand the pattern or make it smaller.But there is only that much that you can do. It is is not only a matter of making it wider in general. You also have to consider that the upper arms or thigh area has to be altered. And with this i have no experiences. I usually have to shorten kids clothes and I myself am pretty much true to size though not the same size on top on bottom, since i gained a little weight I am a little bottom heavy.
    Dont forget measure twice and cut twice.
     
  4. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    JoAnn's will have simplicity patterns for 5 for $5.00 next week end, I think let me look fast. Yes they are on sale and there is a limit of 10.
     
  5. hennypenny9

    hennypenny9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Simplicity does have some patterns in plus sizes. In my experience Simplicity runs large anyway. Even using the measurements they give on the package I have to take them in at least one size. I'm sure it's the same for plus sizes.

    As far as the sale at JoAnn's, my advice is to get there on the first day or the popular patterns will be gone. (Guess where I work, lolz)
     
  6. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    simplicity patterns will run a little larger than butterick or McCalls. Vogue runs small.
    I used to work at a piece goods store and Jo-Ann's in 2 different states
     
  7. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    Here if they run out of the pattern I want I go to walmart with my ad and they honor it. But I always go to JoAnn's first.
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:my local Wallyworld did away with their fabric section :mad:
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Thanks guys! It would be a challenge for me at best LOL!

    I hate it when a fabric store takes out a section or shut the store down completely as if out of business or relocated in a town that is so inaccessible.
     
  10. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    it usd to be a regular Walmart and expanded just this year to a super walmart. Its not that bad , i got to Jo Anns and 2-3 more Walmarts near by.
     

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