The Alistra is a knit column dress that’s designed to hug all the curves and give great shape to the back of the dress while skimming through the front of the dress. It’s the kind of shape that is simple to buy for smaller bodied folks but the RTW versions for plus-sizes never end up as good.
There’s 2 views, a scoop neck with a delicate neckband and this funnelneck view.
My current measurements are 50″ bust and 60″ low hip (some of that includes belly), so I made a mashup of Size G and Size H. I used size G for most of the pattern but the front of the dress through the belly section is Size H. This is just my way of accounting for the fact that my upper belly protrudes quite a lot.
I have also made a straight Size G with no issues, there’s just less room through the belly.
The funnelneck size is customisable depending on your fit preference and I used T6, which is the largest size. I also cut 2″ off the end of the sleeve.
I’m always surprised at the yardage that we manage to get on the M&B patterns- forever squeaking things that I think will take way more fabric onto much less fabric. The funnelneck view of the Alistra uses 3.4m/3.7yds of 150cm/60” wide fabric, and I used this bargain-priced very soft cotton with 60% 4-way stretch from Backstreet Bargains here in NZ. It’s not perceptively ribbed, even though it’s sold as a ‘ribbed fabric’ and I really just bought it as toile fabric, but liked the match with the wintry/cosy funnel neck view.