New season McCalls plus size patterns
Finding pattern styles that are both flattering and available in plus sizes is always a challenge. I am always scraping through the new season pattern releases hoping for a gem. After looking through all of the major company’s offerings this year I am most impressed with McCalls, who are offering a great range of sizes […]
Finding pattern styles that are both flattering and available in plus sizes is always a challenge. I am always scraping through the new season pattern releases hoping for a gem. After looking through all of the major company’s offerings this year I am most impressed with McCalls, who are offering a great range of sizes in some really interesting and fashion-forward patterns.
I’m generally only ever looking for dresses and tops, as anything else it is just best to draft for a fuller figure. I was really pleased that I managed to find three McCalls plus size patterns this season that I liked. It’s also nice that these aren’t specifically plus-size only, which can often result in frumpy and unattractive clothing. These are standard McCalls patterns that have an extended sizing range so you can still wear garments that are made for slimmer figures too.
McCalls 7350 – Gathered Scoop Neck Dresses
M7350 This is a knit pattern and wowee, what a statement you can make from it! It comes in both a shorter variation, a sleeved variation, more relaxed gathered bust variation and a really interesting train-like hem variation.You’re really getting so much to work with here, and the sizes go up to 22 which is great!
Knit is often forgiving so this would be a great look for a casual party or beach wedding. Maybe in a tropical print, or something more glam like silk jersey for a smart-casual evening function.
McCalls 7360 – Henley tops
Henleys are really relaxed tops and I love that this pattern shows an option with a contrast yoke. Of course you don’t have to do this, but it certainly adds an interesting twist. A modern interpretation might include two different block colours rather than co-ordinating prints. Or you could even go for a lace-overlay or crochet-overlay yoke and then plain fabric for the main part of the top.
This comes in a bunch of sleeve and length variations so a pretty good starting point for your own interpretation. I really like the pockets too. I am not seeing any option for tabs to keep sleeves up, so this is probably somethind I’d add myself as I really like the rolled-up sleeves look more than a sleeveless top.
Again this garment comes in sizes up to a 22, but it’s loose-fitting so would be easy to add a little more space if required at hipline. You could also add a back-tie to make it more waist-shaping.
McCalls 7381 – Pleated Dresses with Optional Front-Tie
I just love the relaxed 50s feel of this tie-front tea dress. The shaped waist is interesting, though it could pose a problem for plus sizers, but perhaps if you are apple shape it will help! But the tie in the centre really helps draw attention away from the central area which is great. It’s got a fantastic look. Can’t say I’m a fan of those bell sleeves, but the short-sleeve wrap version is great. This comes in sizes up to 26, so even more extension in the McCalls sizing. I just hope they issue more in extended size ranges!<