I’ve been designing handmade plus size clothing for over a decade. It’s hard, but rewarding and satisfying, work. I love to see a completed design – the way it all comes together is inspiring.
If my experience has taught me one thing, it’s this: design success is all in the details.
I recently shared one of my favorite new designs on Instagram:
Now I want to share with you some of the details that set handmade designs apart from the mass manufactured separates you’ll find in big box stores.
Rounded Back Hem
You might not pay much attention to the hem on your plus size top but it can make a big difference. A straight hem creates a horizontal line that breaks up more flattering, vertical lines in your outfit.
That’s why this design features a rounded back hem. This small detail does more than you might think.
- Adds visual interest by mixing up the standard structure
- Creates a flattering, vertical line
- Looks great untucked
I love gorgeous fabric that drapes well and adds a unique visual touch to my designs. This cascading front helps balance your look by drawing the eye up.
A cascading front also allows for gorgeous layering. Add some eye-catching accessories and heads will turn without a doubt.
6” Side Slit
This is one of my favorite examples of how a simple detail makes a big difference for your style. Adding a 6” side slit to this top takes an already beautiful piece and makes it stunning. How?
- Flatters all body shapes with a lengthening effect
- Softens a strong line at the waist and hips
- Keeps the look light and breezy
These side slits are an example of how classic designs can be taken up just a touch and made into something truly unique and unforgettable.
I’m Your Personal Designer
I love designing plus size clothing for big, beautiful women. Exploring my passion by creating handmade plus size tops is a dream come true. I enjoy sharing my personal approach with you and hope you’ll share your thoughts in the comments.
Stephen, Your Designer
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen