Reinventing Plus Size Fashion – Danger Curves Ahead!

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Image from Instagram Robyn Lawley

Plus Size Fashion Gets A New Look

imageplaceholder Jill Case
Online Editor, Sew Daily

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.
– Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Lovers of plus-size fashion have gotten a new spokeswoman in Tess Holliday. Unless you've been living in the Biosphere for the past few years (whatever happened to that by the way) you're sure to have read about Holliday as the new emerging plus-size model. She is by no means an ordinary plus-size model. The modelling industry generally has plus-size models size in at  8-10 with a height of 5'9" and above. Holliday is 5'5" and a size 24. I love her look and her attitude. She is one of the first models (of her height and weight) to score big modeling contracts. She's been in Vogue and has upwards of 800,000 followers on Instagram, to name a couple of achievements. 


However, one of my favroite summer campagins is from Swim Suits for All with Ashley Graham. Her campaign was the first plus-size campaign to be featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. I love this because it's cheeky, fun, and beautiful. I think it says a lot without saying anything at all. I just wonder how many times that guy had to take a dunk in the water before getting it all perfect.
Addtionally, Vogue Italia was the first and only (that I know of) fashion mag to have not one but three plus size models on their cover. Models are Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley far right.


I have always wondered where Kim Kardashian is in the plus-size world. I just assumed she was plus-size but she claims she's curvy not plus-size. So, then I give you Nadia Aboulhosn who is of Lebanese descent and will gladly fill in the shoes for Kim. The world has noticed and Nadia loves her role as a plus-size model. getty image

I am not plus-size but that doesn't mean I'm not positively affected by the influx of plus-size models to the covers and pages of fashion magazines. Face it, I have enough body issues of my own to fill a bathtub or two. Showing diverse women has a positive, resonating effect for all people young and old. I can't image what my view of my body would be like if I had seen these women on the pages of magazines when I was younger. 

Now, if you're looking for plus-size fashion to sew yourself and look as hot as the ladies above, look no further than BurdaStyle.  If anyone is wanting fresh, feminine, curve conscious and fashionable plus-sized patterns I always point them to BurdaStyle. Yes, BurdaStyle has had some misses (and their are plenty of bloggers out their letting us know!) but most of their offerings are on trend. I hope you check them out and start your own red carpet style. Let me know what you like or dislike about plus-size sewing patterns or anything!

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About Jill

I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

6 thoughts on “Reinventing Plus Size Fashion – Danger Curves Ahead!

  1. My biggest problem with plus size patterns available is the boxiness and lack of style for basic pieces. I have seen a few that look special but the every day stuff tends to look like sacks. I need stylish basics I can wear to work, not just play and special occasion clothes. And who decided plus size women don’t need active wear? I go to the gym 5 days a week and need work out wear that doesn’t look like Grammies leisure suit.

  2. I like that there are more plus sized patterns available.
    I’m distressed to see that most of them are NOT modest.
    My greatest problem with the patterns themselves is that they may be a bigger size, but the proportions are only larger versions of the flat smaller sizes…no bust or hip room. Not all Plus ladies are the same shape. I’ll have to keep using my same patterns, with variations.
    No, I don’t read fashion magazines and make myself sick with it.

  3. Being short, having a large bosom and small shoulders, I wonder if the pattern alteration ideas I learned from Nancy Zieman in the 1980’s — pivoting a pattern — might work best for me. I’m older, retired, just want things that are comfortable and pretty. That said, I do buy plus size patterns. Burda offers good ideas which they then pose outrageously on some kid. Sometimes the shoulder seam will be cut in or a garment will have raglan sleeves. This is good. . . . I offered to shorten slacks and do alterations for someone I want to support. She has given up on her 1X body. This is not the first time I’ve wanted to shake a woman and holler “That body made a baby! That’s a miracle! Love your earthsuit!” . . . I will definitely be making trial garments out of old sheets and comparing patterns to favorite garments.

  4. I have a real issue with the BurdaStyle book – it is not true to “real” plus sizes; their largest bust size is five inches smaller than a size 24. Yes, of course I know that patterns can be altered – but I was hoping to get a decent range of plus sizes without that, for once. McCall’s is also under-sized. The only patternmakers who seems to get it is Vogue with the Betzina line and Butterick with the Connie Crawford patterns.

    Sigh. And sigh again. More wasted money.

    1. I agree. It’s very frustrating to buy a commercial pattern, labeled plus size and it’s either way too small through the bust, or I can put my bed pillow in there with me. I haven’t met a size 24 yet that is a “B” cup…