The Big List of Independent Sewing Patterns for the Plus-Sized Sewist

The Big List of Plus Size Independent Pattern Designers
The Big List of Plus Size Independent Pattern Designers
The Big List of Plus Size Independent Pattern Designers

Am I plus-sized? I don’t know. It all depends on what plus-size means. But I do know that I love independent pattern companies, and their patterns do not always come in my size.

So I’ve put together a list of sewing patterns companies that make things a bit bigger (plus-size, curvy, full-figured?) and that hopefully will be of use to others as well.

This list was last updated on April 28, 2015.

Women

Men

For each company, I’ve listed the largest size they carry (in their own sizing terms, which vary quite a bit) and the largest bust/chest size in inches, since it is a measurement that is universally listed.

Since the average bust measurement is 40″, according to Size USA, I’m listing everything above. So really, this is a list for the slightly-above-average and up.

Women

Independent pattern companies bust 41″-43″

Independent pattern companies that go up to size EUR 46, US size 20, bust 41″-43″.

Independent pattern companies bust 43″-45″

Independent pattern companies that go up to size EUR 48, US size 22, bust 43″-45″.

Independent pattern companies bust 46-48″

Independent pattern companies that go up to size EUR 50-52, US size 24-26, bust 46-48″.

Independent pattern companies bust 50-52″

Independent pattern companies that go up to size EUR 54-56, US size 28-30, bust 50-52″.

Independent pattern companies bust 54+”

Independent pattern companies that go past size EUR 58+, US size 32+, bust 54+”.

Big 4 pattern companies

Big 4 pattern companies that go past size EUR 50+, US size 28+, bust 50″+. 

Men

Independent men’s pattern companies

Big 4 men’s pattern companies

  • Burda – Maximum size: 50, chest 47″
  • New Look – Maximum size: XL chest 48″
  • Butterick – Maximum size: XL chest 48″
  • Vogue – Maximum size: 48 chest 48″
  • KwikSew – Maximum size: XXL chest 52″
  • McCalls – Maximum size: XXXL chest 56″
  • Simplicity – Maximum size: 5XL, chest 64″

Did I miss a favourite pattern company? Let me know in the comments!

Update: A reader has just let me know that there is another, similar list by Cashmerette. Unfortunately, my Google searches didn’t find it before I wrote this post. She compares various pattern companies in detail across a larger range of measurements, and she has other pattern companies listed as well.

Author: Shannon Smith

Sewist, quilter, fabric lover, and pattern hoarder in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

26 thoughts on “The Big List of Independent Sewing Patterns for the Plus-Sized Sewist”

  1. Ottobre Designs has a magazine published twice yearly. They have most of their designs up to size 52 European.

  2. I am a larger women and found a number of years ago Connie Crawford was a great independent. All her patterns are sized according to the ready wear sizing. I noticed she has a section in Buttrick now.

  3. sisboom also has a couple mens patterns and so does scientific seamstress that all go to 3x (marco and tommy for sisboom and the bowling shirt and easy fits for scientific seamstress)

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