Plus-Size Street Style: Made For Mermaids Tai + Ruby
Friends, I finally left my house after being holed up for more than a year. I did it. I met up with some girlfriends and we went out to have lunch at a local eatery. But before I left, I seriously had to do a Pinterest search for “Plus-Size Brunch Outfits”–don’t judge me! As I browsed some really cute images, I was inspired by a spaghetti (or noodle strap as my daughter calls it) midi dress with a shirt under it. It’s still pretty chilly here in Atlanta sometimes so I knew this would be perfect–especially since I had my favorite Made for Mermaids Tai in black and colorful Ruby. So boom. Let’s get into some plus-size street style: me made edition.
I’m not going to lie. I wanted to make a brand new outfit but that just wasn’t in the cards for today. Also: I have made enough clothes this past year that I really don’t need to make anything new!
Since we were going to eat, I knew I wanted to be in something that was not only comfortable but also stretchy just in case my belly got a little more full than anticipated–sis loooooves some chips and salsa! I made both of these pieces last year and knew it would be perfect.
Me Made Plus-Size Street Style
The Made For Mermaids Tai Bodysuit + Midi Ruby Dress
Last year when the Made for Mermaids Ruby Dress pattern tested, I made an obscene amount. I mean, I have tie-dye, dinosaurs, solids, etc. It is the perfect layering piece.
This pattern comes in a couple of different lengths from a tank down to a maxi and everything in between. There’s also the option to do a cute little slit in the front. Midi length is my absolute fave though. There’s something about where it hits on your calf that is just so sexy to me! The Ruby is a form-fitting dress that has a sway-back adjustment already built-in. It is *chefs kiss* perfect for every body!
Styling a form fitting dress can be tricky because you don’t want bunching underneath nor do you want the lines that can come with layering. This is why the Tai bodysuit was a perfect option. The Tai bodysuit has lots of options too–long/short sleeves and different cut lines for back and front pieces. I love a low back so all mine have that.
One of the things that I’m really happy that I did during the pandemic is start making basics from solids. I have so much fabric that is patterned but not enough solids to compliment this patterned makes. Having these solids in your wardrobes are key to building a versatile and cohesive closet. And also: Black is such a must in every wardrobe!
I feel like I’ve been living in loungewear for the past 6 weeks. Whether I’m actually working out or actively maintaining my sanity, it seems like workout and lounge attire is my pandemic go-to look. But being plus-size, I can sometimes look sloppy and that’s not the look I’m going for. So here’s a roundup of my favorite plus-size loungewear looks that I’ve been sporting as of late.
Plus-Size Loungewear Patterns
Made for Mermaids Stella Sweatshirt
I’m not going to say how many of these I made in testing–it’s an absurd amount. But this year I’ve added even more to my collection. I love how there are so many options for this sweatshirt–my personal fave is the off-the-shoulder look. I love showing off my tattoo and it adds a little jazz to an otherwise possibly bland look. This isn’t a baggy sweatshirt–it’s more fitted and highlights my curves so that’s a plus for me.
High-Waist Bike Shorts
Last year my friend Katie said that bike shorts were everything for working out and living. I didn’t want to believe her or agree. And then I caved and made some because I didn’t have enough of the fabric to make full out leggings. Friends. I’ve been missing out on a big part of life! High-waist bike shorts + a sports bra or crop top is this plus-size girls dream! I used the Patterns for Pirates Pegs + Classic Sports Bra to create these looks. Another excellent pattern for this is Petite Stitchery Megara Leggings.
Patterns for Pirates Loggers
I remember when these went into testing and I was like, “yay… another jogger pattern!” I was wrong. I finally bought them and am so in love. Like I even taught myself how to put in grommets so I could have a cute little drawstring. Loggers are basically the love child of the shape of joggers and the fit of leggings. They are peak comfortable.
So Sew English Seattle T-Shirt
This is the one pictured above. I LOVE a good v-neck tee. But when your bust is 4 sizes smaller than your hip range, making your own t-shirts is definitely a thing. I love the curved hem and fit on this t-shirt pattern. If crew neck is more your style, they have that option too.
Petite Stitchery LAB Lounger
Lounging. In. Style. And yes, I made two versions that were both out of cheetah print–judge someone else. This pull-on jumpsuit is comfy enough to wear around the house and cute enough to style for an outing. For the off the shoulder look, I didn’t band or hem anything and I love the look.
Staying Put With The Patterns for Pirates Naughty or Nice PJs
Ok. So there’s a lot of days that I just don’t feel like leaving the bed or need to look like I’ve left. The Naughty or Nice PJs from P4P is my fave jammie set to make. I normally make mine in the cheekie style with long sleeves because I hate for my legs to be hot.
Ok friends. What are your plus-size loungewear go-to looks?
I’ve been sitting on the Rachel Jumpsuit from AK Patterns for over 2 months. I was so nervous to make it because not only is it super cute, but it’s everything that I’d been looking for in a jumpsuit for the summer. I started testing with AK Patterns earlier this year and really love Athina’s patterns so I shouldn’t have been nervous at all.
The Rachel Jumpsuit
This pattern is a wide leg pant drafted for woven fabrics. It features a pleat in the front with a dart in the back offering a beautifully tailored look. There is the option to just have it as pants with an invisible zipper in the back to close it in or to create a jumpsuit. Athina has photos of herself in the Rachel Jumpsuit wearing denim and that’s my inspiration behind this make here!
Naturally, I did have to make some mods. I chose to use stretch denim from Joann’s so I needed to make sure that I adjusted the waist area for that. I ended up making my pleats 2inches in the front and doubled the size of the darts in the back to accommodate this. I also took the waistband in about 4 inches to make sure that it didn’t fall off me.
I also did a full butt adjustment that increased my rise in the back to accommodate this booty that doesn’t quit *wink wink*. The last adjustment I made was in adding 2 inches to the length of the bodice part. After wearing it all day, I think I could have gotten away without adding any additional length because the fabric was stretchy.
Changes I Would Make
Because I waited until the last minute to make this jumper before heading out of town, I was really just freestyling it. I did something wrong with one of the pockets that caused the front leg to be longer than the back on one side so I had to cut the legs down making it shorter than I wanted. I plan on creating cuffs to give it some length. Next time I’ll legit use a woven fabric that doesn’t stretch to see how that feels too!
Overall I love this pattern and can’t wait to make another one!
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I’ve been studying capsule wardrobes for at least 3 years now and have wanted to have them for all of the people in my house. The idea of them is so cool and they supposedly help to decrease the amount of laundry and confusion regarding clothes for everyone. Three years after studying, I’ve finally taken my first attempt at a preschool girl capsule wardrobe for my 4.5 year old.
DIY Preschool Girl Capsule Wardrobe
My middle child is affectionately known as abc. Like most women, she loves wearing clothes with pockets (to collect endless amounts of rocks and to hold her supply of LOL dolls), dresses and yellow. She swears that her favorite color is pink but she’s always drawn to yellows, which honestly works for me because she looks beautiful in the color.
Decision making for this was hardest for me. I figured that I would start out by choosing a designer whose patterns I knew I loved. For this go round I chose Petite Stitchery. They have really fun patterns that work for the style of both abc and I. When it comes to my kids, I’m pretty conservative with what I put them in.
I knew she needed at least 3 pairs of pants, 4 tops, and 1 dress–this is her base wardrobe that can will likely be expanded. My kids tend to grow straight up like bean poles so I knew I needed styles that would last this.
Here are the patterns I chose (clicking the name will take you to the pattern page):
So far she loves it. Having a custom capsule wardrobe for my preschool girl who is incredibly opinionated has made our lives way easier. She loves ALL the looks which is really satisfying to me too!
Have you ever created a capsule wardrobe?
My name is Aaronica and I'm the sewist behind The Needle and the Belle. I started sewing when I was 13 and then fell back in love with sewing through PDF patterns. I now document my pieces I make here!