Hi, I'm Melissa!

First things first:
  1. All bodies are worthy in whatever form they take.
  2. When we get dressed, it should be an expression of ourselves, not of hiding ourselves.
  3. I am not brave for wearing colors or patterns or calling myself fat.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, I love to create my own clothes. It’s great! No one can impose dumb fashion rules on me, and I can make whatever I can imagine. I spend so much time thinking about all of the above that I decided to start writing it all down. 

Now I have somewhere to track projects, ideas, and my thoughts on big fat fashion!

Hi, I'm Melissa!

I love to wear bright colors, and I am fat. I like to make my clothes, partially because what I want isn’t available off the rack but also because I like to explore my creativity and style without the constraints of current trends.

Your size shouldn’t dictate how you express yourself. We all should have access to clothing that makes us feel empowered, comfortable, and happy. I’m on a journey to find that for myself, and I am sharing it here.

Isla Wrap Dress

The Isla Wrap Dress

The Isla is a wrap dress with no peek-a-boo bra issues because it crosses over in the back. I love it! The pattern is so simple to put together; there aren’t any really tricky bits. If you can sew a dart, you can make this dress.

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Pink Lyra Dress

Lyra Dress

I made this version of the Lyra Dress from the Tilly and the Buttons as a muslin. It originally had long sleeves, but after I chopped them off, I loved it enough to add it to my wardrobe. It just so happens to match my new boots, so I had a photo shoot today.

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Ultimate Shift Dress Front

Ultimate Shift Dress

The Ultimate Shift Dress is simple and easy to sew. My fabric choice seemingly featured at least one private body part, but I’m not complaining about it. I think it comes close to reaching my goal of finding the perfect pattern to create a vintage style-shift wardrobe.

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