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I posted this to the GBACG list but I'll post it here just in case [livejournal.com profile] criollo has any sweetness for me.

I've spent the last couple hours organizing my patterns. I have some I would like to part with either because they're doubles or because I don't think I'll get around to sewing them or because my weight has ballooned and I don't think I'll ever get down to that size again. I've got an hourglass figure marred by a "pregnant" belly. I'm tall with big thighs, thin calves, and a short waist. Currently I need XXL, XXXL, size 26 or above. Patterns that can easily be drafted up by someone who knows nothing about pattern drafting are okay, too.

Here's what I have:

Vogue for Men 2387 Zoot Suit pattern sizes 32-34-36 Never used.

Simplicity 8425 sizes 18& 20 Fishtail Evening Dress/Wedding Dress with puff short sleeves or leg o' mutton sleeves Never used.

Simplicity Costumes 8192 sizes 16-18-20 Andrea Schewe Renaissance-esque costumes. Probably more a Rosetti version of Ren. Never used.

Simplicity 9764 sizes 14-16-18-20 Martha McCain hoopskirt & petticoat. Hoopskirt pattern was cut out. I usually cut the largest size only so it should be eminently usable by all.

Butterick 6378 sizes 6-18 Batman Returns Catwoman costume Never used.

Butterick 3361 (from the early '80s) Cape pattern. Hooded and non-hooded. Ankle-length, knee-length and mid-thigh length. Sizes 12-14. I made this (probably in sz 14) in 1981 or 82. I weigh a hundred pounds more than I weighed then and I can still wear the rain cape I made from this pattern. So the sizing is clearly a bit more flexible since a cape is not a fitted garment.

Pages & Petticoats MC-1-FC Size 36-38 Civilian Frock Coat - Has front breast pocket and pockets in tails. Took this to Vogue Cleaners so she could sew it up for my then-boyfriend. Size 38 was cut out so both sizes are still usable. Pattern originally bought at Lacis (in case you've never heard of this company.)

McCall's 9548 Size 20 Palmer/Pletsch Classic Fit One Hour Pants - I bought this pattern because I was looking for pants that were wide-leg draping from the hips. View C of this pattern does this but now I'm too big to fit the pattern. The pattern has 3 styles, the other 2 have pleats and pockets. One is straight leg, one is tapered leg. All have elastic waists. Never used.

McCall's 2624 Size 14-16-18 Misses Shrugs, Tops and Skirts. I bought this when I was trying to figure out how to make corsets before I ever found a pattern. The tops are boned and end at the waist or at the hips. The skirts are big satin taffeta affairs. The shrug lines up really well with the edge of the top so that it looks as if you'd sewn it all one piece. I think this pattern looks terrific and the long top would be perfect for me but I no longer fit an 18. Never used.

What I'm especially looking for:

A pattern for a "Ben Casey" or mad scientist style closure like the one here.

Pants patterns size 26 or above that flow pretty straight down from the from the hips. Wide leg.

Nice dress patterns that have an emphasis on the bust and disguise the tummy...

Norwegian bunad, Swedish folkdräkt, German dirndl patterns... I like ethnic folk costume in general.

Patterns for St. Vincent's Daughters of Charity coronets (based on Breton folk headdresses so those will work, too)

Laughing Moon #110 Ladies Sporting Costumes
Laughing Moon #109 Frockcoat

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