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Megan Nielsen Patterns plus sizing survey

Over the years i have had many requests to extend our sizing to include plus sizes. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the time to pursue, and wasn’t sure whether there was enough demand to justify the extra development time. But this year, if there is demand, I would really love to delve into plus sizing!

So my dears, I put the question to you! Would you like to see plus sizes in my designs? And if so, would you mind taking the time to fill out this little survey? It would be incredibly helpful!

Thanks babes!

Meg XO

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Ali
Ali
6 years ago

Personally, I wouldn’t use a plus size pattern but I’m sure there are many people who would. We all occasionally have to grade between sizes, for me the bust size is always an issue, my waist and hips are a size smaller than my bust so I usually just grade between sizes instead of doing a FBA as I tend not to wear fitted things (they make my bust stick out like a shelf!)

Melanie
6 years ago

There is definitely a demand for this which is highlighted by the successful advent of the Curvysewingcollective.com. There are a lot of plus size sewists out there wanting more pattern options.

Andie W.
6 years ago

I have wanted tons of your patterns for a really long time, but haven’t gotten them because I am far outside the side range. If you went up to plus sizes, you’d have a loyal fan right here. :)

designbylindsay
6 years ago

I’d love to see a smaller size too! Most pattern companies start with a 31″ or 32″ bust.

Megan @ TheGreenViolet
Megan @ TheGreenViolet
6 years ago

Yes to plus sizing! I filled out the survey, which I hope is helpful!

sewingforfun
6 years ago

Hi. I myself am not plus size, but I am very interested in helping friends who are. would also be great if there were real life type plus models also. It can be so difficult to know what would look good on a bigger body. Yes I would buy patters, but not to sew for myself or gain, just hobby.

Marsha Ratzel
Marsha Ratzel
6 years ago

Yes…I agree that CurvySewing is a great option. But it is discouraging how little writing there is for Curvy, plus size sewists.

Ms Wilder
Ms Wilder
6 years ago

As a plus size woman, I am so frustrated with manufacturers whose patterns are largely just variations on ‘tents’. I would spend $$ on patterns that were actually designed to fit the body as smaller sizes are designed. I also want patterns with bust options that go beyond a DD as I am an H.

I find it easier to buy a size 18 pattern with style and grade it to fit me, even though it is a lot of work, than try to make some larger sized ‘tent’ of a pattern fitted to look like something other than a ‘tent’. I believe that it is the method of grading employed by pattern manufacturers that creates the tent by continuing to enlarge the neck and shoulders way beyond body size. I may carry around some extra pounds, but I don’t need linebacker shoulders in a pattern.

Also, there are two few major body size variations that get amplified in large sizes – large bust, large derriere, large thighs, large biceps region, wide back, and the large belly. Most of us plus sized women have a problem with at least one of those areas, so pattern options for those areas would be nice.

And… if all you want to design is patterns for stretch knits, my interest is negligible. I like wovens, There is nothing nicer to wear here in the desert than freshly ironed crisp cottons, linens, and silks.

amy mayen
6 years ago

Larger bust sizing would be amazing. Hope to hear more!

rrregena
6 years ago

I so would’ve loved plus sizing. Even after a big weight loss, I am one past the end of your size range and I am sizing it up myself

Rachel
6 years ago

I used to fit in your normal range, but having recently had a baby I’m now above it (especially in the bust). So maybe it would be kind to those who found your maternity patterns and tutorials :-)

denise njim
6 years ago

A big YES!! to the idea of adding curvy sizing to your pattern line! Many curvy women sew because they HAVE TO, they size out of RTW. It isn’t just a hobby or preference for many of them. The Curvy Sewing Collective is a site that has become very popular since it began just over a year ago. A warning though… if you do size up your patternline… be ready with lots of warehouse stock!

Mary Danielson
6 years ago

On behalf of the Curvy Sewing Collective, I can unequivocally say that tons of plus size women would LOVE your patterns! Yes, please! If you ever want to chat about the plus size sewing world or reach out to our demographic, definitely drop us a line. We’d love to talk up your sizing range’s expansion!

Mel
Mel
6 years ago

From observation there is a need for plus size patterns. I’ve noticed that there are few and far between well dressed larger ladies and I can imagine it’s because there are fewer options for them. So though I’m at the lower end of your present size range I definitely think there needs to be larger sizes :)

Kathy Crawford
Kathy Crawford
6 years ago

Yes, please. We don’t like to wear tents out of polyester fabrics and pay premium prices for them. Considering that most people male and female are obese it is shocking that so little clothing and sewing patterns are available for them.

Michelle
6 years ago

I want style despite being a plus size. I get so tired of altering a pattern and making a muslin to make sure it will fit. I agree a lot of plus size patterns are just tent tops and dresses. I would love to see pants, a blazer, woven tops that button and a great tank to wear under things that the arm hole doesn’t show my breast. The armholes on some plus size are way too low for me. Anything would be a great start! I can go buy clothes but they are made out of nothing but polyester. I want cotton, silk and wool clothing that are natural fibers that breathe. It would be super neat if the plus size pattern had lines on them for petite plus sized women. The petite plus size sector is totally open for patterns and clothing.