Ep 79: #pfSuperFan RUFFLES


StokxPatternsOctopus fabric
Melilot PatternsFree pattern

What we’ve been working on:


  • A red carpet catsuit for an author
  • A very special three-piece suit for a very special – and very tall and curvaceous – client!
  • A top-secret B-movie inspired piece for an enthusiastic, fantastic woman!
  • Re-doing an entire cloak project because I’m being a BINCH about it


Mostly Melbas this week – a new pattern from Muna & Broad.  Love its simple lines which allow an excellent fabric to really show off. I’ve been adding patches on the back as well.  Also a few more Yesterday Dresses by Caramiya – all with added ruffles for sleeves.


Where can we find inspiration in ruffles?  


Getting back in touch with my RUFFLER attachment

Old school ruffle inspo: Folkwear Childhood Dreams

Kelly’s favorite gathering technique

Ruffle vs. flounce

My Creature from the Black Lagoon hat (gill ruffles) OMG, that’s amazing – just the thought is inspiring! 

My favorite movie ruffles: Sadie Frost’s costumes as Lucy, in 1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula (by costume designer Eiko Ishioka, who won the Academy Award for Costume Design that year)


I follow the hashtag #RufflesForDays as it’s not too overwhelming but a very inspirational mix of ready-to-wear, couture, and handmade.

Katie Kortman is an endless source of inspiration.  Here’s a link to a great ruffled addition:

New patterns: 

Does anything new catch your eye?

Nina Lee Carmel jumpsuit pattern: Wide leg, high waisted, to hip size 58”

Helen’s Closet Free Orchard Top & Dress: sleeveless with bias binding, 62” hip

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78: Aaronica & Inspiration

StokxPatternsOctopus fabric
Melilot PatternsFree pattern

Please forgive the less than awesome notes this week – I’m in the throes of a new job & wasn’t able to take the time I’d like this week.

Aaronica Needle & the Belle:  

Petite Stitchery pants – palazzo pants with pleats for days

Body suits: 

Made for Mermaids Tai body suit

Patt for Pirates Be Bold square neckline

Petite Stitchery

Petite Stitchery 

Friday Pattern Company: New body suit, ABC will have a styling reel for this one

Dress:  Lola tank (Staystitch Pattern company)

Loving size expansion that’s starting to happen from brands that don’t usually do inclusion.  Examples:

Edgewater Ave swimsuits

Nina Sharae:

One idea to make: Use the Evie one piece from Caramiya with a modified Gardenia for gathered body/sleevelessness

Yesterday Dress by Caramiya

TheBespokeBusiness – new podcast sewing & business related – new from Aaronica

Exciting news from coaching business – got two new coaching ready to launch in September specific to makers: SoPaid for the content creators & SoPaid for the maker

Checkout Instagram on Aug 21 -22 to see big news as well!


77: Inspiration with Kelly Hogaboom

Jenny’s a bit tired this week – so the notes reflect that. Please accept our apologies.


StokxPatternsOctopus fabric
Melilot PatternsFree pattern

Theme:  #pfSuperFan

Kelly’s inspirations:

Shortall (that Jenny also mentioned) – made in a Spoonflower old-timey sea monster twill from artist kimatolmandesignstudios.

Kevin from Taylor and Hart (ethically-sourced, menswear-inspired fabrics); his dinosaur toile (knit)

Keeley Jones, wonderful tie-dye and dad style and her amazing tie-dye combo

Kelly’s favorite shirt, inspired by @permascowl’s art print (which she so graciously let Kelly use)

Ruby from Spokes and Stitches: her latest post on Solarpunk and its intersection with slow fashion

Ray Milland’s awesome corduroy sportcoat from Panic! In Year Zero (1962)

Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956), and Carlos Rivas’ amazing Mexican fashion. The film is kind of stinky but the fashion is incredible!

Jenny’s inspirations:

Sheila O’Kelly – beautiful interior finishing with practical shortcuts for making the beauty happen

Katie Kortman – OMG ruffles

Cherry Blossom Dresses on Etsy:

Paint artist:


76: #pfSuperFan with Sara.Fornia


StokxPatternsOctopus fabric
Melilot PatternsFree pattern

Let me introduce my co-host for this episode, friend of the podcast Sara.Fornia.

Sara.Fornia on Instagram: Intro!  

  • introduce yourself and tell folks how to find you.
  • When, how, and why did you learn to sew?  Learned to sew from grandma and continued to sew after she passed away.  Stopped sewing in college.  Started sewing again – mostly quilts – when she graduated.  A few years back, a new year’s eve resolution led to her learning to make garments for herself.  Didn’t know about indie patterns or the online sewing community.  Recalls going to Joann Fabrics and buying French curves and long tape measurements to get her head around how to upsize any Big Four pattern.  She assumed she had to learn to draft, but drafting hasn’t been required thanks to indie patterns.  Pretty much sews everything she makes now.  Doesn’t like to sew work out clothing, bras, undies, or PJs.
  • Fav makes: 
  • Fav designers?  Made by Rae, Friday Pattern Company, CaramiyaMaui

New patterns:

Caramiya Maui: Yesterday Dress

How many have you made?

Jenny’s made over 20 at this point!

Line drawings of four different dresses; view A is a low scoop dress with a high babydoll waistline; view B a low school neck dress with an empire waistline; View C a low scoop neck A line with curved hem; View D a low scoop neck a-line tank with a curved hem.  Includes yardage charts  for bodice & skirts.


We’re asking listeners to find inspiration in other makers (or really anywhere) and tag #pfSuperFan.  You can twin with someone (ask permission to duplicate a specific garment/fabric), be inspired by someone (be respectful and check in with your inspiration), or express your Super Fandom (Doctor Who, Manga, whatever).

I’m really energized by this – and wanted to remind our listeners that you can post previous makes (I’ve got SO MANY that were inspired by Katie Kortman, for example) and new makes.  I’m planning to twin Beverly for sure – I’ve already picked out the outfit & the fabric – no surprise that it’s probably blue & linen.

Call us & give us your questions:


Guest Edited by Kelly Hogaboom of Bespoke Hogaboom.


74: Deliberate sewing practices

Featuring an Interview with Ruth (@ithacamaven) on the Top-Down-Center-Out method of pants fitting!


Style ArcFree patternJuly
FatittyFree labelsJuly
Caramiya – by JennyGardenia ChemiseJuly

New Patreon Subscriber – Welcome Iris!

Catch Up: 


Tate Dress by Caramiya Maui

Cleo Skirt upsized: old, fat model featured in announcement. Spoiler: it’s me

So many 12 & counting – Caramiya Yesterday Dress

Beverly: I have been overwhelmed with work this week!  I am about halfway through my first pair of Ginger Jeans!  This is a stretch jeans pattern, recently upgraded to size 32, 63” hip measurement. I’ve purchased 11 oz Cone Mills S-Gene Stretch Denim Deadstock – Indigo from Core Fabrics.  I also purchased a zip and needles from them.  They recommended a stretch interfacing for the waistband that I also purchased but forgot about until just now.  Fitting method- just changing the waist and didn’t do a toile.  For stretch fabric I’d have to make a full pant toile and I didn’t have the appropriate fabric for it.  I probably should have baste fit them, but I didn’t.

I have several dresses on my list to make, but I don’t have time for much sewing right now.  My Tauko magazine came in and the Helpa dress is calling me.  Will I trace it out?  Probably not right now.  I have many already printed.  Probably my next one will be the Gabby or Elora from Fibremood.

New patterns:

Made by Rae Cleo upsized

Friday Pattern Company Elysian bodysuit

Sitewide sale through 8/8 – code ELSYIAN

Sewing deliberately: what does thoughtful sewing look like for each of us? What’s our sewing practice? How has it changed over the years? 


I’m planning to slow down. I’d like to make something every week, with a heavier focus on details, thoughtfulness, ironing, and pins. Is it even possible to change how you approach your sewing?


I want to find a way to successfully add pockets to most things I make. 

Challenge myself to try the cute tutorials I find on Instagram:

Dyeing with liquids:

For me, slowing down involves 2 things right now:

  1. Fit – interview with Ruth Collins about the Top Down, Center Out method of pants fitting, shoulder and pants fitting – you can find Ruth @ithacamaven on Instagram.
  2. techniques with Saremy Duffy of Sew Sew Live – through her Sew Sew Guild

Techniques – bound hems, flat felled seams, handstitching – Inspired by sheila.okelly

  • That iron Jenny mentioned: Oliso TG1600!

72. MimiG & #pfRepresent

Episode 72: Mimi G &  #pfRepresent


Style ArcFree patternJuly
FatittyFree labelsJuly
CaramiyaMauiGardenia ChemiseJuly

New Patreon Subscriber! Jo – thank you!

We’re digging into our past challenges to renew our call for increased representation by pattern companies.  I’d like to challenge our listeners to only make things this month from pattern designers that offer diversity in their imagery & design:  fat, old, queer, disabled, etc.

Link to previous intro episode:

Catch up:


I made the Merchant and Mills Etta dress (larger sizes here), a new wrap dress from what is becoming my favorite pattern company. Used black IL019 linen for my toile.  I think the bodice is too big, but I will wash it before I try a smaller size (already chose a size below my measurements. Made a few mistakes so I’m really glad I did a practice before my fancy fabric.  2nd practice will be a top.  

I started cutting out the Fibremood Simone – totally out of comfort zone fabric.  It’s Katie Kortman double gauze that I bought last summer and I’m mixing two prints, one for ruffles and one for the rest.  I am so excited to make the dress version too.  Did you add ruffles to your dress?  The others I have seen haven’t seemed as gathered as yours.  Love the fabric you chose.


Jenny’s makes since last time: Cardenia Chemise by CaramiyaMaui, Tate by Caramiya Maui, two Simones by FIbremood, Florence by Merchant & Mills, Amelie by Untitled Thoughts, Jill by Fibremood, and Kinfold by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

New patterns:

Sew House Seven Sauvie

 Pattern Features – The low front and back V-necklines and narrow straps were designed to cover bra straps and optional bra keeper instructions are included to hide and secure your bra straps within the garment for that extra couture detail. 

With two pocket options, three hem finishes, two waist finishes and two hem lengths, you can mix and match any of the version’s features. 

Front & Back V-necklines – the back neck is low but should just barely cover a bra.

Shoulder straps that cover bra straps with optional bra keeper snaps.

Bust Darts

Pockets: Version A= topstitched, single layer pockets; Version B= in-seam, loose pockets

Version #1 – loose at the waist with above the knee hem.

Version #2 – loose waist, midi length with side vents.

Version #3 – wide elasticized waist, midi hem, A-line skirt.

Version #4 – wide elasticized waist, midi hem length with bottom ruffle.

Auvers Top by Itch to Stitch

Wearing the Auvers is like hearing a whisper in the summer breeze­—it is soft, gentle and delicate. The Auvers Top is designed for very lightweight woven fabric. In the front, two halves cross diagonally to create a V neckline. Elastic is applied on the bottom front to create a blouson effect. The back has a shirttail hem. Because it is sleeveless, it’s perfect to be worn under a jacket or cardigan, but of course, it is also great to be worn alone, tucked or untucked!

Fibremood 20!

Interview with MimiG about plans for improved representation at the Big Four pattern companies!


B-sides: Sewing While Food Insecure

Kelly & Jenny talk about what it’s like to balance a need to create with being food insecure. 

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70. Cutting into Vintage Textiles – yay or nay?

Episode 70: June 21

Topic: Cutting into Vintage Textiles   #pfScrappy


Fibr & Cloth Studio Iris Pattern

Warp and Weft Textiles $100 gift card

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Any pdf pattern

Catch up:

Chart of projects Jenny made: Olive by Style Arc, Kineton Dress by Cashmerette, Hope by StyleArc, Atlas by Stitch Witch, Self-drafted by Self-drafted, Adrianne by Friday Pattern Company, Veronica Hope by Pattern Division, Saguaro Top by Friday Pattern Company

Attended sewing retreat by TopStitchAtl – and it was divine!  A great time – well organized, good pacing, lots of free time, and focused time.  Staff were amazing.


Made a #pfScrappy dress but it needs some work.  I used some nani iro double gauze and several types of linen and it hangs weird.  It is a landscape dress from a photo of the place Jim and I got engaged.

Boxy dress in angled color blocked fabrics in color to imitate a photo of a sandy beach with a tree in the foreground.
Sandy beach with a tree in the foreground with blue skies.

Made a matching Ashton top to go with the resort wear shirt I made for Jim.  

Two people stand facing the camera; both are wearing black pants, black sandals, and black shirts with art-deco style figures & creatures on the shirts including giraffes, zebras, and snakes.  The figure on the right has their head turned to gaze lovingly at the smiling person on  the left.  Both are also wearing glasses.

Made another Dragon Fruit dress in beautiful leaf printed cotton voile from Mood fabrics. – had a struggle with the serger, but it turned out ok.

Two more Sew House Seven Free Range slacks, one as shorts and one as pants – wide leg version.  I used the most fabulous textured cotton from Core Fabrics.  Love them both!

New patterns: Tauko Tuesday!

Jenny’s favs: note Tauko is available from Warp & Weft Textiles!

Image of the Hepla Dress pattern, showing a black person seated in a white dress with pleats at the center front waist of the dress; they are wearing pink fuzzy clogs, a cream colored neckerchief, and sitting in a plain room with a red tapestry behind them.  Another image shows the same person in a black version of the dress from behind; you can see their braided hair, the split opening at the center back, and a tie to close the neck as they gaze to the right of the image.
A black person with center parted braided hair wears a brown collar with a cascading scarf-like tier.  They are also wearing a blue ribbed shirt.  A smaller image shows black hands wearing similar cuffs in a taupe speckled material.

Marseille Dress – Hey June Handmade

Up to 63” hip

Make by  TFS- May Jean – max hip 63”

Two smiling persons, one white and one black, wear loose fitting jeans with plain white tucked-in tee shirts.  One is a plus sized person, the other is a straight sized person.

Closet Core Patterns Faye Swimsuit

Three persons wearing swimsuits.  Person 1 is wearing a hot pink two piece suit with narrow straps & no cups for the top, and a bikini bottom.  Person 2 is wearing a blue one piece suit with narrow straps.  Person three is wearing an orange two piece suit with no cups for the top, narrow straps, and a full brief bottom.

Max size: 60/53/63

Tilly and the Buttons Coralie swimsuit

Two persons are wearing swimsuits.  Person one is a plus size back person wearing a two piece suit.  The view is from 3/4 back; the top is aqua with a peach ruffle.  The back is a low U back.  The bottoms  are full briefs in lilac.  Person two is a straight sized white person wearing a one piece ruffled suit.  The neckline is scooped with a ruffle.

Max size: 60/53/61


Vintage Textiles & sewing. 

I do a lot of thrifting; I thought talking about re-use, re-fashion, and cutting up vintage textiles might be appropriate.   

Examples might include:

  • Granny Square afghans – make into sweaters, skirts, etc – okay, or not? 
  • Table & kitchen linens as fabric. 
A pair of color blocked shorts made from vintage linens.  The left side is made from terry cloth in orange and a woven Mushroom dish towel; the right size is vertical strips of gold and orange towels.

Brittney talks about making still functional quilts into clothing as akin to gentrification and notes that many quilters still here say they’d be devastated to see their quilts cut up for clothing. Once a quilt no longer functions as a blanket, she likens its use as fabric to a collaboration with the original artist. 

  • Mary Fons (Fons&Porter?) posted a viral video that said quilts into clothing is never ok – and likened it to cultural appropriation. Eek. The language used & tone of the vid got a lot of grief from BIOOC quilters especially. 
  • Is there an intersection with fat here? A quilt is a good-sized bit of fabric from one perspective. 😂

Tiny pricks project – IG – I submitted some artwork for this project.  The formal project is over now, but the account is still a great one to follow.  Diana Weymar created the project – stitching a material record.  Lots of quotes by Trump and responses to him.  She started it using thrifted and other vintage housewares.  


68 Intro to #pfScrappy


Fibr & Cloth Studio Iris Pattern

Warp and Weft Textiles $100 gift card

Jennifer Lauren Handmade Any pdf pattern

Catch up:

Ashton Top Helen’s Closet

Estella Curve Paper Cut Patterns

DragonFruit Caramiya Maui

Dharma Trading Company Procion Fiber Reactive Dyes


I’ve done some sewing!!!  This week I made a slightly more A-line Ashton top using Pierre Cardin floral fabric from Mood Fabrics.  I added an inch to the hem and made a straight line.  It came out really nice!

Next I made a Caramiya Dragonfruit! Also from Mood.  I love it!  The fabric is the same that I sent to Jenny.  Did you get it yet?  If not, I won’t talk about it.  I totally did!! 

Finally I made an Ashton dress!  I did it just like you said – cut at cropped top length, and add a gathered skirt.  My fabric was about 52 inches after removing selvedge, so I used 2x that width and gathered it.  So many compliments! Yesterday at work a woman asked me, “Where on earth do you shop? You’ve got the best clothes!”  

New patterns:

Elbe Textiles Weiland tank: cropped tank – max measurements 58.5 chest and 50” waist – love to see a C/D cup in a tank.  I am interested in making the Caladium Jumpsuit by Caramiya and I think this would be a great thing to wear under it.

Plus size woman facing forward wearing a black tank top and black bottoms, hands at sides.

Itch to Stitch Sentosa Tank: I don’t usually go for things like this, but I like it.  It is a loose-fitting tank with an asymmetrical pleated neckline.  It is designed for knit fabric but several examples appeared to be woven.  Lots of examples on the website.

Cashmerette Kineton Dress. 

Line drawings of a dress with a deep v neck front and a shallower v neck back.  Gathered at waist, with center seams front and back.  Set in sleeves with a gathering at the top of the sleeve, and elastic at the cuffs.  Second set of images show the same dress but with short gathered sleeves.

Made for mermaids Ruthie Dress: max 64” hip

Colorful image with 8 variations of a garment.  The first four are variations on the tank top including a gathered keyhole neckline & gathered front center. These are show in both cropped and full length tank tops.  The four dresses are the same four variations on the bodice, with full circle skirts that are knee length or above the knee length.

So what’s our topic this month?  We’re taking a cue from our listeners, and this month we’re looking at all things scrappy.  The hashtag is #pfScrappy.  We asked you all to give us ideas for this year’s episodes and MargieMakes, FatThighsAndMermaidPants, and Sara.Fornia all suggested scrap busting, using up what you have, or color blocking – and that’s great for this month’s theme.  

MargiemakesFrugal challenge, like use what you have? Or a pattern you’ve been putting of?
fatThightsAndMermaidPantsScrap buster, but with ideas for fat sewists
SaraForniaScrap buster
SaraForniaColor blocking

Examples might include:

Illustrations of high waisted underwear with the front & back as single pieces of fabric, or as front, back, and sides.  One pair is edged with lace.

Underwear: it’s easy to use up knit scraps here; before I realized I just like my Cacique ready to wear undies, I used my knit scraps to cut fronts, backs, and linings so I’d be ready to make u dies any time. Fav pattern is the Muna & broad Kapunda undies. Up to a 71.5” hip

Line drawings of a shirt with a high round collar that ties in the back.  The sleeves are very fully with gathering at the shoulder, and elastic at the short sleeve hem.  The shirt has a yoke; in the front the yoke has a gathered trim inserted.
Photo of two women wearing a woven shirt that hits at mid-hip.  The seated woman is wearing a white shirt with horizontal tucks in the long sleeves that have elastic at the wrists.  The neckline is a keyhole with ties joined at the center.  The standing woman is wearing the same shirt in a burgundy fabric, with the keyhole neckline ties left open.

Dresses: I love a dress with a yoke for color blocking. I’ve used Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush (max 60” chest), Cashmerette Alton (62” max chest) this way – making the yoke in a solid & the rest of the dress in a coordinating solid, or print. CrisWoodSews Envelope Dress

Isabelle_sews – and if you don’t follow her, you SHOULD!- has posted a few dresses with pieced bodices and I am so inspired.  She mentions in her posts that she was inspired by mabelmade and pettypopcornmakes.  I went to their Instagram pages and OMG!  So much good stuff for this challenge.

Make your own fabric: here you can piece together a quilt pattern & use it to cut out a garment, or strip piece fabrics together to the same end. I have several plans along these lines already. 

Illustration of a very gathered pair of pants; these are so full they might be mistaken for a floor length skirt if you didn't know they were pants.  THere's a seam line below the knee where fabric was joined to make up the length of the pants.

Pants: Tauko Panel pants are designed for color blocking.  Max 53” waist (finished fitted measurement).  

Do you have a treasured fabric? Consider following DivineDita (Nandita) & using it as an accent. 

An instagram profile for divinedita with images of Nandita wearing colorful dresses appear.

Make a garment where you cut each piece out of a different fabric. 

And instagram profile for renegadeseamstres where images are shown of colorful color blocked dresses.

Pdxsquared made this beautiful quilt out of largish pieces of leftover linen – smaller than you’d generally use for a pattern piece, but larger than quilt pieces often are.  

A pieced quilt with very large solid pieces and some smaller pieces.  Random size and colors.

Here’s RenegadeSeamstres to share more ideas on how to make use of scraps in your sewing this month! 


66: All About Linen

Topic: All About Linen 


3/10/2022StyleArcFree pattern – any monthMay
1/10/2022CaramiyaMauiFree pattern – any monthMay

Catch up:

I’ve been on a tear with the Isla Wrap dress by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.  I tested this dress is a lovely midweight navy linen, and then made another in a black-and-white windowpane cotton, followed by one from a quilting cotton printed with canned veggies.  I also made one more Dragonfruit dress by CaramiyaMaui  from a voile I bought at Mulberry Silks in Carrboro, NC.


I finally finished something!!! I made the Seamwork Marlow in navy blue linen from  

I started my Merchant and Mills Eve Trousers toile.  Real toile!  Using muslin (calico) fabric all marked up with sharpie! I am using the Top-down-center-out method of fitting created by @ithacamaven

Let’s do a deep dive in to one of our favorite fibers:  Linen.  Right of the bat, let’s be clear that we’re not experts.  We’re linen-lovers, but that doesn’t mean we’re where you should come for you eduction about linen.  For that, please go to Love to Sews episode about linen & their podcast all about different fabrics.

Tomkat Stitchery new episode: Top 10 Patterns for Linen

Is your linen scratchy?  Whitney suggests soaking in 50% coke, 50% water. She thinks the acid does the trick.  Perhaps a citric acid wash would do well too.  Ooo!  So you could try Mountain Dew, too!

So why do we love linen?

I have Beverly to thank for my love of linen.  This is a fiber I just thought of as too expensive for me to sew with – even though, most of the linen I buy is about the same price as high quality quilting cotton (but wider!) & nice rayons (same width).  While I do mostly source from, here are some other great places to get linens:

Where to buy:

Mulberry Silks:  Sign up for their newsletter, call them and ask for help with their linens, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, go visit them in NC.  Everything about this varies wildly – price, width, texture.  

Mood Fabrics: I want to call out specifically their Mood exclusive Linen & Rayon blend fabrics. These are 53” wide, and 55% linen/45% viscose rayon.  They wash up and feel like a silk noil to me – and I’m here for it.  I love the drape, the hand, the smell, everything about these.  About $18/yard.

Domesticity:  This is the Baltimore shop we met podcast listeners at a in February.  They carry the Merchant & Mills linens which are as delightful as their very high price tag would imply.  I’ve got one on my cutting table now for the new Jennifer Lauren Handmade Isla wrap dress.

The Fabric Store in New Zealand

What to make:

StyleArc Hope Dress

Line drawing of a raglan dress with long sleeves gathered at the wrist.  Skirt is also gathered and extends to tunic or midi length.

Made by Rae Trillium Dress & Made by Rae Ruby Dress

  • Change the sleeves
  • Add a tie
  • Use a casing for the elastic
  • Add piping
  • Change amount of gathers/pleats
A headless body wears an orange dress with pleated skirt.  Neckline is round and scooped.  Bodice has cap sleeves.
Image of a dress with a dark above check yoke, to which is attached a gathered skirt made from orange fabric printed with white intricately drawn feathers.


This sweet dress or top features a cut-out scoop neckline, pockets, and shirring in the back for an easy, comfortable fit. Choose from two lengths (dress or top), scoop or cutout neckline, and sleeveless or cap sleeves to create a number of different styles. No zippers or closures are needed, making this a wonderful project for the confident beginner or intermediate sewist!


Ruby is a great, basic beginner’s dress or top for woven fabrics!

Ruby features a contrast yoke and gathers for a comfortable and flattering fit without the need for bust darts, zippers, or closures. Armholes and neckline are bias-bound for an easy finish. Two lengths, dress (above the knee) and top (hip length) are included.

Anything by Muna & Broad

This image features two images from a sewing website.  In both a plus size asian woman is modeling a garment.  In image 1, she is smiling & wearing a denim jacket with large pockets on the front at the waist & chest.  In image 2, she is not smiling and is wearing a black shirt with collar, pockets, and long sleeves.
Image 1: a white plus size person stands turned 2/3 of the way to the back, wearing a gold tank top tucked int o dark, slim legged pants.  In image 2, a white plus size person is facing the camera, wearing a white printed top with long sleeves, and bright pink pants with wide legs.
A white plus sized person is standing facing the camera, but looking off camera, in bright pink pants with wide legs, and a boxy top in a garnet color.

Alton Blouse by Cashmerette Club / Montrose Top by Cashmerette


Boho is in full bloom with the Alton Blouse! The Alton features striking pleated sleeves with elastic cuffs or straight long sleeves and a faced keyhole neckline that can be worn open or tied. Sew yours up in a silk or voile for an ethereal blouse you’ll love to wear, or mix and match the Alton with the Montrose Top’s necklines, yoke, and sleeves for even more options!


This timeless pattern features two variations: View A is a scoop neck blouse with short sleeves and curved back yoke, while View B shows off lace fabrics with a jewel neck, elbow length sleeves, and keyhole back. 

A plus sized person with dark hair is wearing a white swiss dot top with a keyhole neckline that is tied closed at the top; the shirt has long sleeves with tucks in it at the bicep and near the wrist.  The wrist is  gathered.  This person is also wearing jeans which can be seem slightly at the bottom of the image.
A black and white line drawing of two shirt.  Shirt 1 is short sleeved, with bust darts on the front; the back has a yoke with a gathered skirt back attached.  The shirt is hip length.  Shirt 2 is boat necked, with elbow length sleeves, and is made from a lacy fabric.

Belemnite Dress by Marilla Walker

A line drawing of the front of a pattern envelope for the Marilla Walker Beleminte dress 101.  The dress is shown with two sleeve varieties, one is grown on long sleeves with a gathered wrist; the other is a short grown on sleeve with a wide ruffle attached.  The dress is princess seamed with waist ties that extend from the front princess seams to a bow in the back.  The skirt is gored and ends with a lantern hem.


View A – Easy fitting, fit and flare dress with long gathered sleeves and an A-line, lantern shaped skirt. There are self-fabric ties at the waist, a back-zip closure and the v-neckline is finished with a facing.

View B – Easy fitting, fit and flare shirt style dress with grown on sleeves, ruffle cuff and an A-line lantern shaped skirt. There are self-fabric ties at the waist, button front closure and the neckline is finished with a facing.

BONUS SLEEVE – View A with extra sleeve volume.

All of the patterns by Elizabeth Suzann

Helen’s closet Gilbert

An image of a fat person wearing a purple dyed button front top with a camp collar & ties at the waist.  The sleeves are short with a cuff.  The person is standing in front of greenery and trees, with their hand in their hair.

Sew House Seven Free Range Slacks

A black and white line drawing of pants with an elastic waist & deep front pockets.  In one version, the legs are tapered and a back patch pocket is added; in the second version, there is no back pocket and the pants are wide legged.  Both pairs of pants have a panel extending from waistband to cuff at both sides.

Merchant and Mills: Shirtdress, Factory Dress, Florence

Planning to try a linen scrap quilt, similar to this striped quilt pattern from Gathered.

This is an image of a quilt hanging on a wall.  It is made up of horizontal striped pieces.  Every other stripe is a single fabric, and the alternate strip is pieced from several different fabrics.  The fabrics are generally pastel prints, with a few bright orange & red fabrics used in the piecing.

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