Retro Clothing for Larger Sizes

Does anyone know where I can purchase reproduction sexy retro clothing for a size 14 voluptuous figure? Or, maybe just a pattern? Mae West was a very large woman, but try and find sexy, satin, form fitting dresses for a size 14 now. Have tried Daddy's O's and Pinup Girl. Their large is 38-31-40 (get real)!


Edie from Aberdeen, MD

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By ravininca (Guest Post)
September 17, 20080 found this helpful

Try: I don't know how retro you want to go but this site is very nice.

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By Jess (Guest Post)
September 17, 20080 found this helpful

Try - Good luck!

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September 21, 20080 found this helpful has some very pretty retro style items but they are very expensive.

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By Amanda (Guest Post)
October 14, 20080 found this helpful

Butterick has, and continues to on occasion, reissued 1940's and 1950's patterns, which go up to a size 22 (which is about the same as a size 18 off the rack-- pattern sizes are always larger than your off the rack size!). The patterns are only issued for a short period, though, so you will probably want to look for used patterns on ebay or through resellers. Google "Butterick Retro". Be aware, though, that all these patterns, even though they come in larger sizes, are still sloped for a B cup-- so purchase by your high chest measurement and do a full-bust adjustment.


If you just want a 1950's-ish dress, take a dress or blouse pattern that fits you well. Make all necessary adjustments to the bodice, and cut ONLY the bodice (if using a dress pattern)-- then cut a circle skirt and gather it to the bodice. Add a wide self-fabric or contrasting belt and a petticoat or crinoline if you really want the skirt to flare out. I have full hips and find that a full circle skirt isn't terribly flattering-- if your rear is like mine, you may find a half-circle skirt will work better, or even an A-line.

If you don't really want the full poofy "New Look" dress, a classic shirtwaist made up in a polka-dot fabric with piping or bias trim will be flattering, but still have a bit of retro flair.

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Sure! vogue patterns has a bunch of vintage patterns and also she's fab and makes every size!

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May 26, 20090 found this helpful

I don't consider a size 14 large. But then on the other hand, I am past

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