Finding patterns that fit the curvy figure, can be a daunting experience, or so I've been told. After testing 5 patterns for the curvy figure, I have gotten to work with some pretty amazing women, who not only are great at sewing, but also have been very generous with themselves.
After releasing a couple of dress patterns for the full figure, I threw myself into the challenge of testing a pair of pants. It took time to get them just right, but the result, the Haute Curvy Pants, was worth the effort. I started asking my testers which of my existing patterns was on their wish list, and although I thought that the Savannah shirt, or the Piper Boho tunic was the obvious choice, they kept coming back at me with the Wardrobe Builder T-shirt. At first I was reluctant; Will the curvy ladies really want a fitted T-shirt? Can we pull it off, and make it an attractive look on a full figure?
I'm glad I gave it a go. I asked them what they would say to a friend about the pattern, and here are a couple of statements direct from the horse's mouth:
Patricia Brown MacNeil The pattern has so many options and such a great fit that this should be on your top 3 curvy patterns list. Wardrobe By Me's fit is always flattering and makes me feel like a rock star!
Deirdre Moenk It has the perfect curve at the side seams to be fitted, but not squeeze my flub. I like all the options too. It really is the most flattering t shirt pattern I have.
Sarah Beth It's super comfortable, the ruched side hides my lumpy belly and it's got a nice length to it so my bum doesn't hang out when I bend over LOL.
When I first drafted the pattern, I decided to make a few changes. I was certain, that a deep scoop neckline wouldn't be for the curvy full busted ladies, but here I was completely wrong. The testers hadn't even started testing before I was asked to include a deep scoop. As always, I do what I'm told (but only when it comes from testers), and added the deep scoop back into the pattern. I am glad they insisted! Personally I like the scooped neckline best of all.
Keri Walker I never thought I could pull off a "fitted" shirt until this pattern. I love that it shows my curves and gives me a shape but with the ruching on the sides my problem areas are well camouflaged. An easy sew that will become a staple in my closet.
Sofia Henderson You know the "mom look" where it doesn't flatter any curves and the hemline falls right at your extra flub... Well this ISN'T that shirt! It's a great twist on all your everyday looks that flatter the right curves and offer a variety just for me/you!! Comfy and versatile all mixed into one and can easily be whipped up in 30mins or less?
In closing, let me quote Emily Parker:
The name says it all... it really is a wardrobe builder. You know that feeling of staring at a closet full of clothes but still having nothing to wear? Add a few of these and you will want to reach for it every time.