Where to find plus size dress sewing patterns

Larger ladies can sometimes find it hard to get fashionable dresses that fit. If you struggle to get hold of the dresses you like in your size, then it might be time to try your hand at dressmaking. Creating your own dress allows you to experiment with your favourite fabrics - you can even run-up a dress out of old curtains! There are some fabulous plus size dress sewing patterns available to buy or download for free from the internet. Let's take a look at some of the best dressmaking resources for bigger girls.

If you're just starting out in the world of dress making, it is probably sensible to begin with simple plus size dress sewing patterns. Shift dresses are easy to make, and are the ideal choice for beginners. Online sewing and haberdashery store The Crafty Sewer (Thecraftysewer.com) The Butterick 5359 (Yellow) pattern is a great basic shift dress pattern, and comes in a variety of sizes. Plus sized girls should opt for the L-XXL option. You can buy the versatile Butterick 5359 shift dress pattern from the Crafty Sewer's website, where it is priced at just £6.75.

Once you've tried your hand at a basic shift dress, why not have a go at a more glamorous version of this retro classic? Butterick's B5155 Dress Pattern by Connie Crawford is a stylish mid-length A-line dress with a nod to 1950s rock 'n' roll style. Available in women's sizes XXL to 6X, this pattern is plus size perfection and is available to buy online from Plus Size Ladies Sewing Patterns (Plussizeladiessewingpatterns.co.uk), priced at £9.50.

Perfect plus size prom dresses and ball gowns can be difficult to find. However, the crafty ladies need not fear as there are plenty of plus size prom dress sewing patterns around. There are a number of ball gown and bridesmaid dress patterns for the larger lady in the Vogue sewing pattern collection, so you can enjoy an elegant evening look. Favourite plus size Vogue dressmaking patterns include the Misses Dress Sewing Pattern, Number 1015. Specially designed for sizes 14-20, this stylish ball gown has a fabulous gathered detail at the size for a fabulously flattering effect. You can buy this dressmaking pattern, and other plus size sewing patterns, online from Sew Essential (Sewessential.co.uk) for just £14.75.

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