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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Clothing for Big Folks: Europe

This document contains information about clothing for fat people in
Europe, excluding the UK, which has its separate FAQ. If you don't
find
what you're looking for here, try one of the related FAQs (see
question
F1 for a complete list).
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Changes from last version:
Added addresses for several stores located in Norway. See section B3.
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Contents

SECTION A:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in the Netherlands
A1) How do I convert between sizes?
A2) Where can I find clothing catalogues in the Netherlands?
   Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women
   Part 2) Unisex or miscellaneous clothing catalogues
A3) Where can I shop for clothes?
   Part 1) Retail clothing for women
   Part 2) Retail clothing for men
A4) Where can I find bridal wear?
A5) Where can I find sewing/knitting patterns?

SECTION B:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in Norway
B1) How do I convert between sizes?
B2) Where can I find clothing catalogues?
   Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women
B3) Where can I shop for clothes?
   Part 1) Retail clothing for women
   Part 2) Retail clothing for men

SECTION C:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in Sweden
C1) How do I know what size I am, and how do I convert between sizes?
C2) Where can I find clothing catalogues?
   Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women
C3) Where can I shop for clothes?
   Part 1) Retail clothing for women

SECTION D:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in the rest of Europe
D1) How do I convert between sizes?
D2) Where can I find clothing in the rest of Europe?

SECTION E:  European Web Pages about clothing for big folks

SECTION F:  Information about this FAQ
F1)     Are there other related FAQs?
F2)     Posting information
F3)     Availability of the FAQ
F4)     Contributors

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SECTION A:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in the Netherlands

A1) How do I convert between sizes?

Here are some conversions between general European, UK, and US sizes:

Women's dresses and suits
        UK size is 2 more than US
        European size is 30 more than US
        i.e., UK 28 = US 26 = Euro 56

Women's shoes
        UK sizes are 1.5 less than US
        i.e., UK 8 = US 9.5

Men's suits and coats
        UK sizes are the same as US
        European sizes are 10 more than US/UK
        i.e., UK 56 = US 56 = Euro 66

Men's shirts
        UK sizes are the same as US
        i.e., UK 20 = US 20

Men's socks
        UK sizes are the same as US
        i.e., UK 10.5 = US 10.5

Men's shoes
        UK sizes are 1 less than US
        i.e., UK 10.5 = US 11.5

For better guidelines, here are the measurements for women's sizes in
the Netherlands (all measurements in cm). If your figures differ,
please
pass them on to the FAQ maintainer.

Women's Sizes
Sizes    40   42   44   46   48   50   52   54   56   58

BUST     91   96  100  104  110  116  122  128  134  140
HIP      99  102  105  109  114  120  126  132  138  144
WAIST    75   78   81   85   90   96  102  108  114  120

These are the sizes for normal length women (1.64m). There is also
a set of sizes for short women (under 1.60m) and tall women (unknown).
These are derived from the normal length sizes by dividing by 2
(short)
or multiplying by 2 (tall). Thus a short woman, having the
measurements
of size 52 above would actually have size 26. Some catalogues
cater to short women, and there are sewing patterns for both
short and tall women available.

Bra sizes:
1) Measure around the body directly under the bust. Round the number
to the nearest multiple of 5. This is your bra size.
2) Measure around the fullest part of your bust.
The difference between 2) and your bra size is your cup size.


CUP SIZE   AA A  B  C  D  DD E  F  FF G
         10-12-14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28-30


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A2) Where can I find clothing catalogues in the Netherlands?

Also check the list of shops. Some of them do mail order.
Note that the country telephone code for the Netherlands is 31.

   Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women

Ulla Popken BV
        Ginnekenstraat 141, 4811 JG Breda
        Telephone: 076 - 20 88 21 (mo-fr 8.00-16.30 live, else
machine)
        Fax: 076 - 20 94 92
        URL: http://www.ullapopken.com/UllaPopken/WorldWide.asp
        Sizes: 42 to 56, some models up to 60
               bra's C to F cups
        (also several shops in the Netherlands, and Germany, Austria
and
        Switzerland, see the URL for complete listings)

   Part 2) Unisex or miscellaneous clothing catalogues

Wehkamp BV
        Postbus 400, 8000 AK Zwolle
        Antwoordnummer 600, 8000 XD Zwolle (ordering only, free)
        Telephone: 038-264777 (Customer Services)
                   06-0606 (Free calling, computer ordering only)
                   038-264264 (ordering only, mo-fr 8.30-21.00
                        and sa-su 9.00-17.00 live, else computer)
        Fax: 038-264830
        Sizes: women's 34-60, men's 44-62, bra's AA to G cups

Otto BV
        Postbus 90200, 5000 LX Tilburg
        Antwoordnummer 5000, 5005 AA Tilburg (ordering only, free)
        Telephone: 013-666666 (mo-su 0.00-24.00)
        Fax: 013-651565
        Sizes: women's 32-62, men's 40-62, bra's A to F cups

Neckermann Nederland BV
        Antwoordnummer 28, 4530 VB Terneuzen (free)
        Telephone: 01150-40044 (information, mo-fr 9.00-17.00)
                   01150-40000 (ordering only)
                   06-0688 (free, computer)
        Fax: 01150-40640
        Sizes: women's 32-62, men's 40-62, bra's A to F cups


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A3) Where can I shop for clothes?

Note that the country telephone code for the Netherlands is 31.

   Part 1) Retail clothing for women


BB Fashions
        Noorderhagen 66 c
        7511 EM  Enschede
        tel. 053-4314649
          lingerie and clothing

Big Size Fashion
        Zuidhoek 214 b
        3082 PR  Rotterdam
        tel. 010-4293466
        fax. 010-4295046
          stocks luxury lingerie for women (also for transvestites &
transexuals)

Christina mode in grote maten
        Walstraat 37
        7411 GJ  Deventer
        tel. 0570-612527
        fax. 0570-610955
          women's clothing, ranging from casual to well-dressed

Gran Diva
        Veerplein 19
        Zwijndrecht
        tel. 078-6123377
          young clothing



   Part 2) Retail clothing for men

Club Languit
        Laanstraat 83
        Baarn
        tel. 035 5418665
    en
        Troelstraplein 14
        Meppel,
        tel. 052 253683
          specializes in clothing for tall and fat men;
          jeans up to 62", shirts up to collar 54, jackets up to 70,
          underwear up to 14; medium priced
          http://www.worldaccess.nl/~clublang/index.htm

G&G Special sizes
        Brugstraat 22
        9711 HZ Groningen
        The Netherlands
        tel. +31 50 3121675

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A4) Where can I find bridal wear?

Most bridal shops do made-to-measure bridal wear in all sizes.

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A5) Where can I find sewing/knitting patterns?

Burda Patterns has a magazine for full-figured women,
        sizes 44 - 60 and 22-26 (thus short)
This is also available in Belgium and Germany.

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SECTION B:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in Norway

B1) How do I convert between sizes?

Sizings are European (see section A1).


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B2) Where can I find clothing catalogues?

Note that 47 is the country code for Norway.

   Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women

Ellos AS
        Postboks 210
        1411  Kolbotn
        tel. 66 99 75 00
        fax. 66 99 75 99
            clothing sizes 36-56, lingerie 36-58
            (though not all clothing past size 46-48)

Miss Mary of Sweden
        Postordre Nytt AS
        Postboks 57
        1751 Halden
        tel. 69 18 21 00
        fax. 69 18 45 45
            clothing, lingerie and swimsuits sizes 38-60

B3) Where can I shop for clothes?

Note that 47 is the country code for Norway.

   Part 1) Retail clothing for women

BiB Fashion
        Grev Wedelsg. 4B
        3111 Toensberg
        tel.33 31 47 70
            sizes 42-56

Big Lady
        Skippergt. 23
        0154 Oslo
        tel. (+47) 22 41 34 51
            sizes 44-56

Boutiqe XL
        Storgt. 4
        1531 Moss
        tel. 69 25 77 37
            sizes 42-56

Cappuccino
        Xkernveien 145 (Xkern Senter)
            sizes 36-60

Chic Stor Mote
        Gyldeloevegt. 1D
        4611 Kristiansand
        tel. 38 02 01 80
            sizes 42-56

Cinderella
        Storgt. 23
        2800 Gjoevik
        tel. 61 17 56 66
            sizes 42-56

Dominique
        Gml. Ringeriks vei 37
        Bekkestua
        67 53 51 14
            Sizes 40-60.         

Erica Design
        Hollendergt. 5
        5017 Bergen
        tel. 55 23 23 49
            sizes 42-56

Gerd's Stor Mote
        Bogstadv. 11
        0355 Oslo
        tel. 22 46 62 20
     and also
        Romerikssenteret
        2040 Kloefta
        tel. 63 98 21 28
            sizes 42-56

Hanne's Mote
        Kongegt. 29
        3256 Larvik
        tel. 33 18 21 70
            sizes 42-56

H&M (chain store)--Oslo
        Oslo City
        Aker Brygge
        Karl Johan
        Storo Shopping
        Bogstadveien
            sizes 38-54/56

KappAhl (chain store)--Oslo
        Grensen 3
        Oslo City
            sizes 42-56 
            underclothes to 105E

Karma
        Markedsgt: 17
        8450 Stokmarknes
        tel. 76 15 26 80
            sizes 42-56

Lady Large
        Storgt. 112
        3921 Porsgrunn
        tel. 35 55 90 20
            sizes 42-56

LaLina
        Waldemar Thranesgt. 22
        0171 Oslo
        tel.  22 60 03 80
           Lingerie, with Bras Cup A-H
           Other sizes 36-58

Lindex/Generous (chain store)--located in Oslo

        Bogstadveien 40/42
        Erich Mogensxnsv. 38
        Karl Johans gt. 27
        Storg. 2
        Oslo City
        Stranden 3 (Aker Brygge)
        Stovner Senter 3
           sizes 46-52

Marina Rinaldi
        Karl Johans gt. 37/41 (Paleet)
        Oslo
           sizes 38-52

Maxiline
        Storgt. 9
        6002 Aalesund
        tel. 70 13 22 00
            sizes 42-56

Mona Lisa
        Olav Tryggvasonsgt. 21
        7011 Trondheim
        tel. 73 92 94 55
            sizes 42-56

Monzu'si
        Trondhjemsvn. 275
        0589 Oslo
        tel. 22 72 22 00
            sizes 36-58

Pip Stormote
        Gamle Stokkav. 1
        4300 Sandnes
        tel. 51 63 11 61
     and also
        Oestervaag 9
        4013 Stavanger
        tel. 51 89 35 55
            sizes 42-56

Piraten
        Akersgt. 32
        0180 Oslo
        tel.  22 42 70 91
            This one is special. No sizes, just a section with big
clothes
            for "big girls". The style is more "alternative", the
stock
            consists of skirts and dresses and unisex shirts. The
owner
            claims that Pavarotti bought a shirt last time he visited
Oslo!
            And not too expensive. Note: I recently went into Piraten.
While I 
            liked the unique clothes, the nicest outfits were only
offered in 
            the smaller sizes (approx. size 12). Most of the clothing
offered 
            for larger sizes were nothing more than shapeless garments
and very 
            unflattering.  

Stort og Flott
        Smauet
        6800 Foerde
        tel. 57 82 00 17
            sizes 42-56

Unik
        Broetergt. 1
        2000 Lillestroem
        tel. 63 81 00 94
     and also
        Oevre Torggt. 3
        3017 Drammen
        tel. 32 89 45 90
            sizes 38-54

Youngs Mote
        
        Youngstorget 1
        Oslo
             sizes 36-54

   Part 2) Retail clothing for men

Dressman/Mr. Big
        Storgaten 26
        Oslo
             sizes to 72

Follestad & Co
        Storgt. 28
        0184 Oslo
        tel. 22 17 36 36
             sizes 44-74

Herremagasinet
        Storg. 28
        Oslo
             sizes 44-72
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SECTION C:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in Sweden

See also Section E.

C1) How do I know what size I am, and how do I convert between sizes?

Sizings are European (see section A1).


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C2) Where can I find clothing catalogues?

Note that 46 is the country code for Sweden.

   Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women

Ellos Ab          .
        501 86 Boras
        tel. 033-33 000
            clothing sizes 36-56, lingerie 36-58

Miss Mary of Sweden
        Box 44038
                  .
        506 02 Boras
        tel. 033-13 72 05
        fax. 033-13 40 30
            clothing, lingerie and swimsuits sizes 38-60

C3) Where can I shop for clothes?

   Part 1) Retail clothing for women

Asico AB
        (Lillhagsv"agen 50)
        Box 2021
        422 43 Hisings-Backa (G"oteborg)
        tel. 031-51 87 40

Bella Grande AB
        G"otgatan 99
        111 62 Stockholm
        tel. 08-641 02 57

Berit P.
        "Ostra Hamngatan 50A
        411 09 G"oteborg
        tel. 031-711 56 11

Big Chic
        (Fr"olunda Torg)
        Box 47
        421 44 V"astra Fr"olunda (G"oteborg)
        tel. 031 49 70 70

Classy AB
        "Ostergatan 2
        211 25 Malm"o
        tel. 040-30 32 80

Domani Designers
        Luntmakaregatan 54
        111 37 Stockholm
        tel. 08-19 96 54

Eja's XL Mode
        ("Ostra Torggatan 19)
        Box 64
        651 03 Karlstad
        tel. 054-21 77 74

E'nemesis
        Storgatan 44
                   .
        573 32 Tranas
        tel. 0140-530 10
        fax 0140-530 11

Extra Large Butik
        Landsv"agsgatan 4
        413 04 G"oteborg
        tel. 031-701 00 60

      .   .
Inte sa smatt
        Storgatan 29
        272 32 Simrishamn
        tel. 0414-148 58

Madame Chic
        Kaggensgatan 32
        392 32 Kalmar
        tel. 0480-234 30

Max-Elle
        Kyttgatan 23
        811 30 Sandviken
        tel. 026-25 29 02

Mulligt & Gulligt
        Brytaregatan 15
        981 34 Kiruna
        tel. 0980-193 51

NK Dam avd. collection plus
        "Ostra Hamngatan 42
        G"oteborg
        tel. 031-10 72 55
            sizes 42-52 knitwear and tricot

Robusta i Ronneby
        Karlskronagatan 9
        372 30 Ronneby
        tel. 0457-158 20

Rund & Rosig
        Tullportsgatan 7D
        761 30 Norrt"alje
        tel. 0176-239 02

Stinas kl"adbutik
        Svedbergsgatan 11
        913 31 Holmsund
        tel. 090-17 91 21

Storartat Boutique
        H"otorget 1
                  .
        502 32 Boras
        tel. 033-41 96 70

XELLE
        Alstr"omersgatan 24
        541 31 Sk"ovide
        tel. 0500-41 38 04

        Nya Stadens Torg 1
        531 31 Lidk"oping
        tel. 0519-286 40

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SECTION D:  FAQ about clothing for big folks in the rest of Europe

D1) How do I convert between sizes?

See section A1.

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D2) Where can I find clothing in the rest of Europe?

Not many items in this section so far, please send any other
information
you might have. You might also want to check the lists for the
Netherlands.
Some chains of shops occur across continental Europe, for example Ulla
Popken
(see Section E for URL with complete worldwide store listings).
Also Burda sewing patterns are available in Belgium and Germany.


Drim
        Dendermondsesteenweg 1a
        Aalst
        Belgium
            ladies fashions sizes 40-54, including French designers
            Gerard Pasquier, Weinberg, Eva Negri, Mary West, Umberto,
Monza...

High and Mighty
        Continental Office, Bahnstrasse 40, 40210 Dusseldorf,
        Deutschland.
        Vox:    +49 211 131135
        Fax:    +49 211 124125
        Chain for men's clothing found in the U.K., Germany, Holland,
        and Belgium.


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SECTION E:  European Web Pages about clothing for big folks

A Finnish page, "Fashion Fit Patterns" provides a service for patterns
created by computer to fit any size. You can send off for information
by email or post. The URL is

     http://www.finhost.fi/fashion/fashion.htm

A Swedish page, maintained by "Overviktigas Riksf"orbund (The Swedish
Association of Overweight People) of large-size clothing shops is

    http://www.overvikt.se/index.html

This is the page for Marin Mode, a manufacturer of ladies plus size
clothing in the Natherlands. They supply main stores in the
Netherlands
and elsewhere in Europe, and also have the occasional bargain offer
sold directly from their web site.

        http://www.etrade.nl/marin_mode

Ulla Popken has women's clothing sizes 12 and up; there are many shops
in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. You can
also order a catalogue online.

        http://www.ullapopken.com/UllaPopken/WorldWide.asp


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SECTION F: Information about this FAQ

F1)     Are there other related FAQs?

Yes. The list of them below can be found from the following page:

http://www.sover.net/~astarte/fa/faqs.html

  fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/canada
        information about clothing for large people in Canada
  fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/uk
        information about clothing for large people in the UK
  fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/us
        information about clothing for large people in the US
  fat-acceptance-faq/health
        information about health issues affecting large people
  fat-acceptance-faq/research
        information about research concerning large people
  fat-acceptance-faq/maternity
        information about large-size maternity resources
  fat-acceptance-faq/sports
        information about resources for sports and activities
        for large people
  fat-acceptance-faq/fitness
        information about resources for fitness for large people
  fat-acceptance-faq/organizations
        information about organizations for large people
  fat-acceptance-faq/resources
        information about resources for large people (that aren't
        covered in the other resources FAQs)
  fat-acceptance-faq/physical
        information about resources for dealing with the physical
        aspects of being large
  fat-acceptance-faq/publications
        information about publications for large people
  fat-acceptance-faq/size-acceptance
        information about size-acceptance
  big-folks-faq
        general information file for alt.support.big-folks

There is some overlap in the topics covered by the FAQs. If you don't
find what you're looking for here, try the other FAQs.

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F2)     Posting information

This document is posted monthly to news.answers, alt.answers and
soc.answers, and posted bi-weekly to alt.support.big-folks and
soc.support.fat-acceptance.
Alexandra Nielsen (zandra@online.no) maintains this FAQ.

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F3)     Availability of the FAQ

All FAQs posted to news.answers are archived at rtfm.mit.edu and its
mirror sites.  You can get any of these FAQs from rtfm.mit.edu via
anonymous FTP or via the mail archive server.  (To get information
about the mail server, send email to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the
body of the message containing the word "help", without the quotes.)
FAQs posted to news.answers are also available on the Web from:

http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/top.html

This particular FAQ is archived at rtfm.mit.edu and its mirror sites
under the filenames:

/pub/usenet/news.answers/fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/europe
/pub/usenet/soc.answers/fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/europe
/pub/usenet/soc.support.fat-acceptance/

Big_Folks_Clothing_Europe_Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQ)

It is available on the Web at:

http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/
        faq/usenet/fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/europe/faq.html

although the latest version specifically adapted for HTML and
maintained
by the maintainer can be found at

   http://home.sol.no/~geirerni/Alexandra/faq_europe.htm

The file Big_Folks_Clothing_Europe_Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQ)
contains the last post to soc.support.fat-acceptance which has the
same subject
line as this FAQ.  In general, this is the most recent copy of the
FAQ.
Occasionally, however, it is a random post that has the same subject
line as this FAQ.  If this is the case, please look in one of the
other files.

The files named europe and the file available via the WWW,
contain the last version of the FAQ posted to news.answers.  Since
this FAQ is posted to alt.support.big-folks and
soc.support.fat-acceptance
more often than it is posted to news.answers, sometimes the version
available via these links is not the most recent one.

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F4)     Contributors

These are the people who have contributed significant chunks to this
FAQ.

Sharon Curtis           (Sharon.Curtis@comlab.ox.ac.uk)
Elly Jeurissen            (obistat@plex.nl)
Birgitta Szanday        (birgitta@utri.no)
Anders Stigo            (stigo@swipnet.se)

Also, lots and lots of other people (too many to credit) contributed
information that appears herein, some via email and some on a.s.b-f.
Thanks to them all.

Suggestions for additions/improvements are always welcome.
If you have information you think should be here (either in response
to an existing question or in response to a new question), send it to
the maintainers.  If you think another question should be addressed
here, and you do not have the information for it, post the question to
s.s.f-a and drop a note to the maintainers suggesting that it be in
the FAQ.  Also, please let us know if any of this material is
incorrect or out-of-date.

In particular, if you have new information about clothing in other
countries, please send it to the maintainers. We would be very happy
to update this information to include more countries.

Copyright 1998 by Alexandra Nielsen (zandra@online.no).
Permission is granted to copy and redistribute this article in its
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