There’s no reason why us curvy gals can’t have flattering summer dresses! Just take a look at these 6 designs…

McCalls 7157

Like Modcloth? Go retro with this halter dress, featuring close-fitting, self-lined bodice and midriff and a gathered bodice and skirt. Choose either a shirred or flat midriff section, and either a zipper or tie at the back waist. Designed for mid-weight woven fabrics, this pattern goes up to a size 22.


McCalls 7161

The mock-wrap v-neckline and empire waist on this maxi dress flatter and enhance your curves; the skirt’s slit creates a slimming, lengthening line. The pattern goes to size 22, and is designed for light to mid-weight woven fabrics. Choose a fabric with good drape, and this dress with be especially flattering.


Vogue 9103 is indicated as being flattering on hourglass, pear, and rectangle shaped bodies. This Easy pattern features several different necklines and either a knee length or midi length skirt. The waistline is raised in front and features a curved midriff in back. Designed for woven fabrics; suggestions include lightweight linen and crepe. Pattern goes to a size 22.


9103’s “cousin” designed for two way stretch knit fabrics is Vogue 9101. This Very Easy pullover knit dress includes a sundress version with straps and a version with a v-neck and short sleeves, and is indicated as being flattering for inverted triangle, pear, and hourglass shaped bodies. The length is similar to the longer length of 9103, and this dress also features a raised waistline. Pattern goes to a size 22.


This Burda Style downloadable pattern (from the June 2015 European version of the magazine) is a pretty maxi sundress with a flattering smocked waistline and flirty multiple layers for the skirt. This pattern is available in European sizes 44-52. The pattern is designed for a softly draping fabric like rayon challis.


Who says curvy ladies can’t do cutouts? This flattering tea-length cross-back dress was featured in the April 2015 European version of Burda Style magazine and is available for download. The pattern is available in European sizes 44 to 52.