Good evening Stitchers! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas & New Year! I’ve certainly enjoyed the break after The Wedding Dress, but it seems I’ve caught something of a sewing bug…
I saw the lovely Kate Heppell, editor of Knit Now magazine, tweet about Love Sewing magazine now including plus size patterns. I’ve never bought a sewing magazine before, and this was precisely the reason why. My 16/18 hourglass figure doesn’t fit in the patterns that normally come with magazines, so it felt somewhat pointless buying them. However, Kate tweeted that Love Sewing would now be including patterns up to a size 24 following feedback from readers. It makes sense, given that most patterns were only going up to an 18, and yet the UK average size is a 16.
So here we go; what’s included? With Issue 22 were 3 pattern templates for tracing for a jersey skater dress, tartan wrap skirt and a back button shirt. Alongside these were 2 Threadcount patterns, which are the ones going up to bigger sizes.
Threadcount patterns are being sold with Love Sewing and Sewing Made Simple magazine. They’re a collaboration between the magazines and a well established pattern house, with the intention of making sewing patterns more accessible to more people.
There are two Threadcount patterns included with the magazine. 1502 is a 2-in-1 gathered wrap top and dress, suitable for jersey fabrics in sizes 14-22, and a good pattern for beginners. 1501 is a cute 3-in-1 dress and belt pattern in sizes 16-24. It’s great made in light to medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, and has options for different necklines, sleeves, and overlays. Again, it’s suitable for beginners. This pattern also comes in a variety of cup sizes, which when you read it seems like a good idea for us fuller figured ladies. However, the cup sizes are A-D and I suspect the reality is that many of us plus size girls are at least a D cup which could be letting the patterns (and readers) down massively.
Edited to add: Having done some further reading into the pattern, it seems these are just labels for the pieces rather than actual cup sizes. The cup size is determined by the difference between bust and high bust measurement, and these measurements are split between cups A, B, C and D. High fives to Love Sewing for this!The patterns themselves are the same quality as you would expect from the High Street pattern houses e.g Burda, Simplicity. The pattern is well printed on a good quality tissue and include thorough, easy to read instructions.
Overall I’m really impressed with Love Sewing magazine for trying to be more inclusive in the first place. It’s a really inspiring magazine and I’m glad I picked it up in the supermarket! I definitely can’t wait to try the wrap top; I’ll let you know how I get on when I do…
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