Torrens Box Dress Hack

Torrens Box Dress hand on hip

Torrens Box Top with Sleeves

Sleeve Torrens

We’ve been working to extend the sizing and also add some long-sleeve options for the Torrens Box Top pattern that we’ve released under Muna and Broad!

This is my second test of the narrow-sleeve extension, and I’m so pleased that I’ve now got the woven drop-shouldered long-sleeve top pattern that I’ve been looking for!

Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #5

It’s only episode 5 and I’m already posting late because holiday-mode Jess doesn’t keep track of what the days are (since it really doesn’t matter). Here’s a selection of patterns which could go winter or summer, depending what you sew them up in (or wear them with). I know lots of the Southern Hemisphere is having incredibly hot weather, but here in Christchurch a coat would still be a useful addition to my wardrobe! This will be the last roundup post until 2020, see you all there!

Number 1, The Sylvia Coatigan

The Sylvia Coatigan from Schnittchen Patterns

Schnittchen seems little known among plus-size sewists but has a great aesthetic and a growing selection of plus size patterns.

Number 2, Glebe Pants

Glebe Pants from Muna and Broad are available from 46.5″-71.5″ hip and are 15% off until Christmas Day


Number 3, Byrdie Button-Up Blouse

Byrdie Button-Up Blouse + Dress from Pattern Scout

Available up to 54″ full bust and 58″ hip, this pattern includes options for 2 shirt views and 2 dress views

Number 4, The Cambria Duster

Cambria Duster from Friday Pattern Company

As always, I’m keen to hear suggestions! I don’t keep up with Big 4 releases, so perhaps there’s patterns there that you think might be perfect!

All about Ramie

Native to China, ramie is a linen-like fibre made from nettles and which is classified as a cellulose fiber, just like cotton, linen and rayon.

Ramie fibers comes from the stem of a nettle plant called China grass (Boehmeria nivea). It looks similar to European nettle but it does not have prickles.

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Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #4

I’m on a dress kick this week for this roundup of inclusive sewing patterns, so I’ve included a bonus pattern at the bottom which is something I’ve been thinking about a lot as the weather gets warmer here in Christchurch! I’m trying to keep on top of all the pattern makers who are extending their sizing, because sometimes it takes ages for me to discover that a pattern company is making things in my size now! Case in point, is dress number 1:

Number 1, Belemnite Dress

The Belemnite Dress from Marilla Walker

This first release of the new extended size range from Marilla Walker at a 58″ bust and 60″ hip

Number 2, Hippolyta Dress

The Hippolyta Dress from Sew Me Something

This pattern squeezes in to the listing with 49″ bust and 52″ hip as the largest size. Check out GariChild’s version for a better idea of the lines

Number 3, Rachel Dress

Rachel front-tie dress from Jalie

Available up to a 51″ bust and 54″ hip this pattern possibly predates a wrap dress which I love, from a NZ designer, but which isn’t in my size!

Number 4, Iris Dress

The Iris dress from StyleArc

Bonus Pattern: Kaye Shorts

Kaye bra and shorts from Seamwork

What a better accompaniment to a roundup of dresses then a pair of shorts that will stop your thighs from touching (and rubbing)!

There’s a review of the pattern over on the CSC and make sure you read Green Violet’s review before you cut in to your fabric!

Sunday plus-size pattern roundup #3

In this 3rd weekly pattern roundup, I’ve included 2 patterns which were recently updated to increase the sizing, a new pattern from a company I didn’t realise was making patterns in my size, and a free jumpsuit pattern!

Just a reminder that in order to be included, the patterns will need to have either bust or hip measurements of over 50″, but preferably they’ll have both. Also, they’re all going to be patterns I’ve already made, intend to make, or would make.

Number 1, LB Pullover

The LB Pullover from Paper Theory

Available now up to a 56″ bust and 57″ hip with turtle neck and crew neck options!

Number 2, A-Frame Skirt

The Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame Skirt

Available now up to 61″ Hip

Number 3, The Ilford Jacket

The Ilford Jacket from Friday Pattern Company

Available up to a 54″ bust and 57″ hip, this unisex design has different views available, and can be worn as a jacket or shirt (depending on your chosen material)!

Number 4, Jumpsuit

Free Jumpsuit Patterns from the Rational Dress Society

JUMPSUIT is an ungendered, multi-use monogarment, available as an open-source pattern. The RDS has developed a sizing system that can accommodate up to 248 different body types using gender-neutral terminology.