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

This document contains information about clothing for fat people in the
U.S. If you don't find what you're looking for here, try one of the
related FAQs (see question B1 for a complete list).
Note: This FAQ is very long. To look for stores in a particular state,
try using your browser's or word-processor's search feature to search on
the state name.


Recent changes
June 1997
Added Triumph Hosiery, Birkenstock Express, Sensual Adventures, Soho
Woman on the Park, Kaufman's Tall & Big, Oddessy Martial Arts and
Medieval Supply Center, web site with wedding dress measurements.
Updated Lane Bryant, JC Penney, Decent Exposures, Silhouettes, Big
Stitches (review), By Ro Designs (review), Big Day at the Beach (new
phone number), JW Ramage (new web site). 
Removed Above & Beyond (out of business).
July 1997
Updated Laughing Sisters email address, Ashley Stuart; added web site
that sells collar expanders.
Changed URL for Ripley Custom Shirtmaker. Added Jump In. Small update to
Peggy Lutz. Review of J. Jill.



SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the U.S.
A1) 	Where can I find clothing and shoes?
A2) 	What manufacturers make clothes/shoes/spectacles for large folks?
A3) 	Where can I find a wedding dress?
A4) 	Where can I find sewing/knitting patterns?
A5) 	How do I convert between sizes?

SECTION B: Information about this FAQ
B1)	Are there other related FAQs?
B2)	Posting information
B3)	Contributors


SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the U.S.

A1) Where can I find clothing and shoes?

This question contains an alphabetized list of all the large-size
clothing/shoes retailers I know of. Each retailer is associated with
various keywords:

Type of store
[catalog]	Catalog store
[internet]	Web store
[chain]		Retail chain store
[single]	Retail single store. [state name] follows.
[consignment]	Sells some clothes on consignment
[overseas]	Will ship overseas
[misc]		Other lists of clothing resources

Whom they make clothing for
[maternity]	Maternity and/or nursing clothing and/or bras.

What sizes they make
	Note: All of the outlets make midsize clothing (1X-3X, women's
	sizes 16-28), except as noted in the listings. Not all outlets
	make clothing in all sizes in that range, however.
[supersize]	4X or 5X or bigger, women's size 30 and up
[petite]	Petite women's sizes
[tall]		Tall women's sizes
[custom]	Does custom work

Type of clothing
[accessories]	Jewelry, belts
[casual]	Slacks, nice shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses
[career]	Suits
[costumes]	Halloween and other holiday costumes
[evening]	Evening dresses, evening suits
[lingerie]	Lingerie, including bras, underwear, sleepwear
[outdoors]	Jackets, coats, other cold weather gear
[shoes]         Shoes and boots in large sizes and/or wide widths
[sportswear]	T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, shorts
[swimwear]	Bathing suits (men or women)
[uniforms]      Nurses' uniforms, etc.
[wedding]	Wedding and wedding-party dresses

14 Plus (formerly 16 Plus)
	Mall store.
	One store's number: (215) 365-0499
	Used to be owned by The Limited, which owns Sizes Unlimited
	and Lane Bryant stores, but is now a separate company. Casual
	to elegant clothing in sizes up to 32 and 4X. Fashionable,
	very little dowdy stuff. They sell large-size lingerie and proper
	denim jeans. They sell large-size underwear. They also sell
	large-size petites. Good sales.

	Arnott Mason Corporation
	PO Box 293
	Clifton, VA  22024
	Phone: (703) 503-2916
	Fax: (703) 425-1243
	Women's riding clothes in big sizes -- breeches, riding sweats,
	stretch jeans, Kentucky jods, t-shirts, sweatshirts; semi-custom
	boots; half chaps and full chaps. (checked 2/97)

A Jalon Full Figured Women's Fashion
	PO Box 751014
	Forest Hills Station, NY  11375
	Phone: (800) 316-2877
	Web site:
	Sportswear, suits, and leisure wear, accessories, and men's
	shirts. Coats in silk, leather, suede and fur-trimmed. Sizes
	from 14/1X to 30/5X, also 34W and 36W. They use large-size

A Personal Touch
	1411 Broadway
	New York, NY  10018
	Phone: (212) 398-0007
	Fax: (212) 398-1987
	Tops to size 60, skirts to size 46, tunics to size 5X.

Absolute Woman
	15 NE 181st St
	Portland, OR  97230

Abundant Fashions
[catalog][single][New Jersey][women][supersize][lingerie]
	Belmar, NJ
	Phone: (908) 988-0550
	One of a kind fashions up to size 7X.

Added Dimensions
	Mall store.

Adini En Plus
[single][Rhode Island][women][casual]
	725 Branch Ave
	Providence, RI 02904
	Phone: (800) 556-2443
	Casual wear, sizes 1X-3X

Alice's Undercover World  
	Torrence, Calif.  
	Phone: (310) 326-6775 
	Bras and foundation garments. 28Ato 64Z and custom.  

All Ashore
	7959 Broadway St #404
	San Antonio, TX 78209
	Phone: (210) 829-7813
	Swimwear in sizes 16W-26W

All of Me
	7 Old South Street
	Northampton, MA 01060
	Phone: (413) 584-3474
	Natural fiber and Danskin clothing.

All the Rage 
	5711 Kennedy Boulevard
	North Bergen, 07047, NJ,
	Phone: 800-515-1229
	Web site:
	Midsize lingerie: lace t-shirts and gowns

Amazon Designs
	1473 Old Airport Rd.
	Paris, Arkansas  72855
	Phone: (800) 315-8332, (501) 963-6548
	Fax: (501) 963-6536 
	Email: jhess@MAIL.CSWNET.COM
	Clothing for big and tall women. Special catalog of nurse's
	uniforms. Custom work ($20 pattern fee) and standard size chart,
	1-9, to 84" hip. Jeans to blazers, broomstick skirts,
	turtle-necks, custom rainwear and polar-fleece coats, denim
	western wear, "Munro shoes" and sandals to 14ww. Embroidered
	t-top, pant sets, sweatshirts. Custom embroidery. One person
	reports: "The jeans are wonderful!  Real denim (in blue or
	black), front pockets, zipper, belt loops ... just regular
	old-fashioned jeans. If they don't fit quite right when you get
	them, she'll fix them."

America's Shirt Catalog
	Phone: (800) 259-SAVE
	Web site:
	Button-down shirts up to neck size 22.

Ample Annie
	717 Pacific Ave.
	Santa Cruz, CA 95060
	Phone: (408) 425-3838
	Large-size consignment shop. Small store, but full of clothes at
	great prices, both consignment and new. You need to shop there
	often to get the great deals on consignment since good things
	move very fast.

Ample Boutique
	Colorado Springs, CO

Ample Duds
	Jeans up to size 60, T-shirts to 10X. Women's clothing to size
	52 or 60.

Ana's Accoutremonts
	834 Pine Tree St
	Slidell, LA 70458-4514
	Custom-made period costumes, their design or yours, their fabric
	or yours. Also custom-sized patterns. Custom men's wear, bridal
	wear, and dresses. 

Andee Unlimited
	New address (2/97):
	944 SE Sellwood Blvd.
	Portland, OR 97202-5919
	Phone: Reported not listed with phone company 03/97
	(503) 292-5176
	Sizes to 30.

Annette's Armoire
	27 E. Delaware
	Chicago, IL  60611
	Phone: (312) 337-6706
	Sizes 14-26. Original clothing, custom work. Special occasion
	dresses, casual, and work clothes, coats, jean, jackets. Mostly
	natural fabrics. One person complained that she had difficulty
	returning an item and that another expensive item she bought was
	sewn poorly and they gave her trouble about repairing it.

Annette's Fine Fashions
	Southern California
	Phone: (707) 528-8281
	Sizes 14 and up

The Answer
	Mall store.
	They carry clothes for significantly less (say, half the price)
	than you'd find in a department store.

Anthony Richards
	6836 Engle Rd
	PO Box 94503
	Cleveland, OH 44101-4503
	Phone: (800) 359-5933, (216) 826-3008, (216) 826-1712

	70 James St
	Worcester, MA  01603
	Phone: (508) 791-8589
	Fax: (508) 754-9331
	Some clothes in larger sizes; the proprieter is open to carrying
	more large sizes.

Apples and Pears
	20488 SW Inglis Dr.
	Aloha, OR  97007
	Phone: Reported disconnected 03/97 
	(800) 475-5166, (503) 649-4601 in Oregon and overseas
	Casual women's clothing -- tunics, coats, sweatshirts,
	cardigans, knit tops and shorts. Much of the clothing has
	embroidered designs. Sizes 1X-8X. Pricey, and they may charge
	more for clothing in sizes 6X-8X. [checked 4/7/95]

	100 Elm St
	Salisbury, Ma 01952 
	Phone: (508) 462-6444
	Best selection of everything and they will order things for you.
	Hundreds of bathing suits, lots of wedding dresses you can try
	on, party dresses, Renata B clothing, bras, etc. 

	219-A Elm
	Reading, PA 19606
	Queen-size panties, hips 48"-71", sizes 13-18.

[single][New York][women]
	New York City
	Clothes run the gamut of prices. Unique items (like
	hand-painting on fabric). Gorgeous fabrics. High quality.
	One-of-a-kind jewelry. 

Ashley Stuart Woman
[chain][New York, Philadelphia][women][swimwear][lingerie][evening]
	Chain store with outlets in New York and Philadelphia (and
	possibly elsewhere). Clothing is a little more formal than Lane
	Bryant's. Good service.

Astarte Woman by Design
	24582 Hawthorne Blvd.
	Torrance, CA 90505
	Phone: (310) 373-0638
	Web site:
	Family owned, clothing designed in-house. Expensive, but good
	quality and good service! Sizes up to 32-34W. All kinds of
	stuff, from casual wear to lingerie and holiday party dresses.
	They have a mailing list and a great quarterly newsletter. They
	also have a video catalog available for purchase, with a
	discount coupon worth more than the purchase price of the video.

Attitudes and Lace
	Phone: (800) 519-5568
	Web site:
	Catalog: $4.95, refundable from first purchase.
	Lingerie in regular sizes and sizes 1X-4X. Large models on web site.

Auction Web Classifieds
	Sometimes offers large-size clothing for auction.

August Max
	Mall store.
	Career and casual, small but dependable selection of
	nightgowns/lingerie, some petites. Prices from moderate to
	expensive. Excellent quality and service. Sizes 14-26. 

The Avenue
	Mall store.
	Casual clothes, pantyhose (Gloria Vanderbilt in sizes up to 3 or
	4X). Funky fashions and basic shorts/jeans/sweats. People seem
	to disagree about what sizes they carry: some say to 24, some
	say to 32. It may vary from store to store. Review 2/97: "Very
	reasonably priced, silky little nightie things to size 32. The
	Avenue/Sizes Unlimited (same store, just one is a mall name and
	one is a strip mall name) used to be Lerner Woman, and used to
	be part of The Limited group. (Lane Bryant is also owned by this
	group.) They carry up to 30/32, unlike Lane Bryant. Also, they
	have certain outfits that I find "younger" than LB. I like their
	lines of underwear lots better than LB, too. [...] I've gotten
	some of my best clothes there over the years." One woman likes
	their pants selection better than Lane Bryant or Sizes Unlimited
	because it is "height-proportional." 

B.A. Mason
	1251 First Ave.
	Chippewa Falls, WI  54729-9981
	Phone: (800) 457-9325, M-F 7-5 Central Time
	Men's shoes up to 13EEE, women's shoes up to 12EE. 

Baby Becoming
	PO Box 7238
	10 Nate Whipple Hwy
	Michigan Bldg., 2d Flr. #5
	Cumberland, RI  02864
	Phone: 401-658-0688
	Fax: 401-658-3008
	Email: or
	Web site:
	Good customer service, friendly and inspirational owner --
	Charlotte Bradley. Nice shirts, pants to size 8X. Some nice
	nursing attire. Sizes 16-48, bras 30AA-60M. Baby slings.

Back to Basics II for plus sizes
	1107 West Main St., #201
	Durham, NC  27701
	Phone: (919) 477-5669
	Fax: (919) 477-6476
	Small catalog of simple cotton and cotton-blend clothes and
	underwear. Bike shorts, leggings, T-shirts, tights, socks,
	underwear. Reasonable prices. Sizes 1X-4X.

Barbara Stone Designs
	1800 Shasta St., Suite B
	Redding, CA  96001
	Phone: (916) 246-1927

Barb's Large & Lovely 
	4928 Woodhaven, Jefferson City, MO 65109
	Phone: (573) 761-5311, (888) 761-5311 
	Web site:
	Catalog $5
	Plus and supersize lingerie to 8X. They use large and supersize
	models, unlike a lot of the lingerie catalogs who use models who
	are barely plus size.

Barely Nothings
	1514 Grand Ave.
	Grover Beach, CA  93433-2209
	Phone orders: (800) 4-BARELY (800-422-7359)
	Customer service: (805) 489-5591 
	Fax: (805) 489-5987
	Web page:
	Catalog $3.
	Regular size and mid-size lingerie -- stretch lace bustiers and
	teddies, garter belts and stockings, baby doll nighties and long
	silky gowns, faux leather bustiers and thongs, bare bosom
	bustiers, French maid costumes, split crotch panties, fishnet
	stockings. and a few other items (T-shirts, Danskin Bodywear,
	etc.). Sizes up to 6X in some items, 4X in others. (Note: web
	page seems to show only mid-size items.) They also sell bra
	extenders, bustier extenders, and torso extenders (which
	elongate the crotch section so as to better fit long
	waisted/round bellied folks). (These items are also not
	available on the web page.) Clothing is high quality and
	telephone operators are helpful. Web page uses large models.
	[checked 12/96]

Beautiful Skier
	Phone: 800-638-3334
	Ski wear in sizes 16-30.

Bedford Fair Lifestyles
	421 Landmark Dr
	Wilmington NC 28410
	Phone (800) 964-1000
	Inexpensive casual and career clothes. About 1/3 of the styles
	are available in women's sizes up to 28.

Beloff's Women's World
	192 West Main St.
	Meriden, CT 06450

Betsy & Co.
	PO Box 1911
	Philadelphia, PA  19105-1911
	Catalog $2.
	Sizes 1X-3X.

Big & Tall Outlet Store
	1240 W. 7th St.
	Upland, CA
	Phone: (909) 946-7234
	Warehouse-type place with racks of clothes at incredible prices.
	Dress shirts up to size 21, sports shirts to 6X, pants to size
	60 and higher.

Big Ass Sportswear (AKA Butson Company)
	Out of business 4/97

Big Black Boots
	Phone: (619) 298-1973
	Custom and stock leather boots for women and men. Sizes 2A to
	16EEE, heights from 11" to 38" and custom-fitted leg and foot. 
	I think they specialize in "mannish" styles: engineer boots,
	western-style boots, logging boots, etc.

Big Clothes For Big Men
	Freda Rosenberg, Freda's Secrets
	PO Box 2765
	Philadelphia PA  19118
	Directory of big men's catalogs.

Big Day at the Beach
	Phone: (909) 798-5228
	Custom sizing. Good prices.

Big Guys
[single][New Jersey][catalog][men][supersize][evening][casual][career]
	Locust Grove Plaza
	1692 Clements Bridge Rd.
	Deptford, NJ  08096
	Phone: (800) 848-8255, (609) 848-8255
	721 E. Landis Ave.
	Vinland, NJ  08360
	Phone: (609) 848-8255, (609) 696-0955
	Good selection of dress and casual men's clothes with dress suit
	sizes in stock up to 72, dress shirts up to 8x, jeans to 74, and
	dress and casual pants to 74. Also bathrobes, underwear,
	T-shirts, outerwear, etc. They will mail order within the U.S.

Big on Batik Sarongwear 
	2649 Vista Way #8207 
	Oceanside, Ca 92054
	Web site:
	Email your mailing address for brochure.
   	Owner Cathy Miller writes: "I make cocoon jackets and flowing
	tops out of washable rayon Indonesian batik sarongs. The jackets
	fit all sizes up to at least 50, and the tops through about size
	32 or so. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind garment." 

Big Shots
[single][New York][women][supersize][casual][career][outdoors][swimwear]
	182A merrick rd.
	Lynbrook, NY 11563   
	Phone: 516-593-2900
	Lingerie catalog: $6 to Large Encounters, PO Box 364, Island
	Park, NY 11558-0364
	Sizes to 60; all types of clothing, lingerie, accessories.

Big Stitches Swimwear
	2423 Douglas St.
	San Pablo, CA 94806
	Phone: (510) 237-3978
	Send long self-addressed stamped envelope for catalog and
	Custom made large-size bathing suits. Basic suit is about $70.
	Special fabrics, extra features $20 more. They also make bicycle
	shorts and cover-ups to hip size 84 inches. Good service. One
	person complained the suits don't hold up well in chlorine, but
	that may depend on the fabric; they may also make suits out of
	fabric you send them.

The Big, the Bad & the Beautiful 
	Main store:
	19225 Ventura Blvd,
	Tarzana, CA  91356
	Phone: (818) 345-3593, (800) 347-3593
	Fax: 818-345-1033 
	Outlet (discount) store:
	29002 Roadside Drive 
	Agoura Hills, CA
	Phone: 818-735-0706
	Catalog $2 (credited to first order)
	Sizes 14-32+. They also do custom work. Among other things, they
	sell bike shorts and lingerie. Inexpensive.

Birkenstock Authority
	Phone: (800) 597-3338
	Web site:
	Internet catalog of Birkenstock shoes. Free shipping. Many big
	folks claim that Birkenstocks are good for wide feet.

Birkenstock Express
	301 SW Madison St.
	Corvallis, OR 97333
	Phone: (800) 451-1459 U.S. and Canada; (541) 758-7631 Other Countries
	Fax: (541) 752-6313
	Web site:
	Searchable "sale corner" for folks to find bargains in their
	size. Repairs on Birkenstock products and can custom fabricate
	footbeds for folks whose feet are wider than the "norm". 
Blair Women's Wear
	220 Hickory St
	Warren, PA 16366
	Phone: (800) 458-2000 (orders), 800-458-6057 (customer service)
	Sporty, casual, and career stuff, very middle-of-the-road,
	mostly poly and/or cotton, to size 26 (51" bust, 45" waist, 54"
	hip). They use thin models.

Blue Victorian Big & Tall & Pinmania
	1325 Columbus Ave. (near Fisherman's Wharf)
	San Francisco, CA 94133
	Phone: (415) 775-6909
	Fax: (415) 346-4623
	Two stores next to each other offer souvenir type printed and
	embroidered T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and shorts in
	extremely high quality cotton. Sizes up to 8X. T-shirt dresses
	up to 22. T-shirts $15-$22, sweatshirts $25-$45. Nice to see a
	funky tourist place catering to large folks. 

Boutique Unique: Fashions for the Unique Woman, Sizes 18 to 8X 
	Colony Square Mall 
	3575 Maple Avenue
	Zanesville, OH  43701 
	Phone: (614) 453-1053, (614) 454-3886
	Located 50 to 55 miles east of Columbus, Ohio on Interstate 7.
	I understand it's the only large size store out in that area.  

Bras Custom-Fit by Maxine
	11104 E. Sheley, Independence, MO 64052 (near 30th & Sterling) 
	Phone: (816) 252-1899 
	Bras 28A-64N & Custom (some Maternity, Prosthesis, and Strapless
	as well), Swimwear cup-sized. When calling, state that you found
	her listed on the fat-acceptance clothing list on the Internet.

	Web site:
	BridesMart has 16 Texas locations.

Brownstone Woman
	685 Third Ave.
	New York NY  10017-4024
	Phone orders: (800) 221-2468 
	Customer service: (800) 322-2991 
	Sizes 14-28W. Somewhat expensive. They use thin models.
	One person complained their sizing is inaccurate (too small), 
	some of their accessories are poor quality, and the colors in
	the catalog photos were way off. 

Bullock's Woman
	Nice clothes, designer labels, good quality.

Burlington Coat Factory
	Women's coats up to at least 30W. Inexpensive. Men's coats up to
	4X or so. Some locations also offer career/casual wear. 

Bust Stop
	8270 E. 71st St.
	Tulsa, OK  74122
	Phone: (800) 858-3887
	Catalog $2.
	Bras up to 60-OO (double-O), including sports, strapless, and
	maternity/nursing bras.

By Ro! Designs
	New address: 567 W 5th St #1 San Pedro, CA 90731
	Phone: (310) 221-0059 
	Fax: (310) 221-0307 
	For brochure send a long SASE with $.55 postage 
	Active wear for plus- and supersize women to size 5X (36). Bike
	shorts, unitards, sports bras, swimsuits, lycra dresses. Several
	people reported extremely slow service (six to nine month
	delays, unreturned phone calls) on clothing promised much more
	quickly and paid for in advance.

	24843 Del Prado, Ste 249
	Dana Point, CA  92629
	Phone: (714) 496-7042
	Catalog $1 (refundable with first order)
	Large size bangles -- 8, 9, or 10 inches around.  

	812 13th Ave.
	Sidney, NE  69160
	Phone: (800) 237-4444 (orders U.S. or Canada), (800) 742-4008 
	(catalog request)
	Fax: 800-496-6329
	TDD: 800-695-5000
	Web site:
	GoreTex parkas and pants up to at least 5XL. Many other items up
	to 3XL in both big and tall sizes. Reasonable prices. 

California Rainbow Tie Dye
	John Holland
	Web site:
	Tie-dye shirts up to 3X.

Cameo Coutures, Inc.
	Dallas, TX  75247
	Phone: (214) 631-4860
	They custom-make large-size bras. They are expensive (about $50)
	but are very comfortable, well-made, and long-lasting, with no
	underwires, so they won't poke you or stick out in funny places.
	One woman (size 52DDD) reports that changing to Cameo bras
	completely alleviated shoulder pain she experienced due to large
	breasts and ill-fitting bras. 

Carol Doda Boutique
	Lingerie boutique in San Francisco.

Castles Direct
	PO Box 690002
	Houston, TX  77269
	Phone: (618) 675-0121, (800) 424-1008
	T-shirts up to 4X (some have fat-positive designs). The sizes
	seem to run small.

Casual Male/Big & Tall
	Web site:
	Good customer service, nice stuff, reasonable prices. Sizes up
	to 6X.

	Mall store.
	Upscale sister store of PS (see below). Boutiquey, concentrated
	in the South and on the East Coast (they also have stores in the
	Chicago area). Styles and quality can vary from store to store.
	Moderately priced, good service. Nice, good quality lingerie,
	nice formal evening wear, among other things. Also leather
	bomber jackets. Sizes 14-26, and some up to 32 or 34, also up to
	4X. The sizes run large, including the pantyhose and tights.

Cathy O
	Mail returned 4/97

Cato Plus
	Mall store.

Chadwick's of Boston 
	Phone: (800) 525-6650 
	1 Chadwick Pl Box 1600 
	Brockton, MA 02403-1600
	Midsize women's clothing. One reader reported they have great
	swing coats.

Charlene's Sportswear 
	BKI PO Box 782 - Charlene's
	Las Vegas NV 89125
	Phone: (702) 695-3889
	Fax: (702) 735-2309 
	Email orders:
	Web site:
	Catalog $1
	Sweats and jersey slacks/shirts to 12x.

Cheyenne Outfitters
	Cheyenne, WY
	Phone: (800) 234-0432
	All sizes of Levis 501s from tiny to huge. Many other "Western
	styles" in big sizes.

	There's one at Valley Fair Mall, Santa Clara, CA
	Good quality, natural fiber clothes up to size 20/22.

Collar Expander
	Web site:
	"Wonder Button"  Collar Expander allows men to increase the neck
	size of their shirts by 1/2 inch.

Color Me Big
	PO Box 9773
	San Bernadino, CA 92427
	Phone: (909) 887-8969
	Catalog $3.
	Sizes 16-60, custom work available.

The Company Store
	Fillmore St.
	San Francisco, CA.

Coole Designs (formerly Richman Cotton)
	2631 Piner Rd
	Santa Rosa, CA 95401
	Phone: (707) 575-8924, 800-992-8924
	Fax: 1-707-575-8924
	Web site:
	All-cotton, dyed-on-the-premises clothing in sizes from infant
	to 3X. Shirts, skirts, dresses, long johns, cotton/lycra bike
	shorts, leggings, and Renaissance costumes. Reasonable prices.
	Can be slow to ship because they make some things to order and
	dye in batches.

Coward Shoes
	Phone: (800) 362-8410

Creative Woman
	1530 S Myrtle
	Monrovia, CA
	Phone: (818) 358-6216
	Nursing bras in sizes up to 46H, with extenders for larger band
	sizes. Large-size bras (including Goddess Bras) and lingerie
	(including g-strings). They carry costumes around the various
	holidays. They do custom fitting. 

Dallis Fashion 
[single][New York][supersize][career][casual]
	34 W 37th St 
	NY, NY 10018 
	Phone: 212-967-9744

Danskin Outlet
	Phone: (800) 288-6749
	Bike shorts, leggings, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long and
	short-sleeved T-shirts, jackets, and sports bras in sizes to 4X.
	Clothes are well-made. They use large-size models. They don't
	have a retail catalog, but they'll photocopy the plus-size pages
	of their catalog for retailers and send them to you. (Danskin
	sportswear is also available in a number of other large women's
	clothing outlets, both retail and catalogs.) They pay shipping
	for orders of $50 or more. 

[single][New York][custom][women][supersize][lingerie]
	473 Amsterdam Ave.
	New York, NY  10024
	Phone: (212) 579-0479
	Sizes 1X-5X, and custom sizes over 32. Good fabrics, nice
	clothes, clothes run the gamut of prices.  

David's Bridal
	National chain that carries large-size wedding and bridal party
	dresses. One person had a very good experience with them.

Decent Exposures
	PO Box 27206
	2202 NE 115th
	Seattle, WA 98125-1606
	Phone: (800) 524-4949 (U.S./Canada), (206) 364-4540 (Seattle/overseas)
	Fax (206) 364-0488
	Web site:
	Maternity/nursing bras and leisure bras which "look like outerwear,
	have no hardware and are quite comfortable." Cup sizes AA to K
	and band sizes 30-58 or so, and custom sizes. Bras come in cotton,
	velour, and lycra and in a number of colors (they will send
	swatches). Elastic is covered. Follow their special sizing
	instructions. The sizes run large. Some women think the bras
	aren't supportive enough; some love them. They also sell underwear
	up to size 12 in several styles, cotton or lycra leggings and
	T-shirts to 4X, and cotton nightshirts to size 67 hip. If you
	don't like how something fits, they will adjust it for free.
	Excellent service. 
Dehner Company, Inc.
	3614 Martha St.
	Omaha, NE  68105
	Phone: (402) 342-7788
	Fax: (402) 342-5444
	Web site:
	Custom boots for riding, Trooper boots, Wellingtons, chukkas,
	laced or strap tank boots, and oxfords. Excellent quality. Boots
	are all custom and can be ordered to fit any size foot or leg.
	Also have a nice style of riding boot with buckles down the side
	instead of pulling straight on --- great if you have arthritic
	ankles that don't flex well. Everyone I've talked to who has
	custom Dehner boots says that they will last forever. They
	aren't cheap, but are well worth the price.

Desert Rain Mercantile Co.
	4705 N. Sanders Road
	Tucson, AZ 85743
	Phone: (800) 771-9771
	T-shirts and pants with glittery Native American and
	southwestern designs. T-shirts up to 5X, sweatshirts up to 4X. 

Design by Batya
	1200 Santee St. 208 
        Los Angeles, CA 90015
	Phone: (213) 746-7844
	Web page:
	Designs for "tall, large, big, and super" women in fabric and
	leather. Ships internationally. Accepts special, wholesale, and
	retail orders for coats, suits, blazers, skirts, pants and other
	fashion wear.

Designs by Phillippe
	Phone: (800-9-KAFTAN)
	Caftans, loungewear, and evening wear in plus and supersizes. 

Deva Lifewear
	Box SM4
	110 1st Ave., West
	Westhope, ND 58793-0266
	Phone: (800) 222-8024
	Casual, natural-fiber clothing for men and women in unique
	designs and attractive colors; many styles flatter larger
	figures and shapes. Reasonable prices and good quality. Order
	tops and bottoms that you want to match at the same time and
	indicate that you want cloth from the same dye lot. Sizing may
	be more generous than the size chart indicates; the woman's L is
	about an 18. Nearly all unisex items (and some women's items)
	come in XXL. Nearly all women's items come in XL.  

Dion Jones 
	Web site: 
	555 W Roosevelt #7 
	Chicago, Il, 60607
	Phone: 312-243-4333 
	Fax: 312-243-4592 
	Sizes to 7X, petite, average and tall. Coats, dresses, jackets,
	pants, blouses. Web site uses large and older models. Moderate
	to expensive. 

Draper's & Damon's 
	17911 Mitchell Ave S 
	Irvine, Ca 92614-6015
	Phone: 800-843-1174
	Fax: 714-440-2968 

Dream Big International
	4427 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
	Washington, D.C. 20036
	Catalog $3 (credited to first order)  
	Filmy night stuff.

Dream Dresser
	1042 Washington Avenue, N.W.
	Georgetown, Washington, DC 20007
	Phone: 202.625.0373 
	8444-50 Santa Monica Boulevard
	West Hollywood, CA 90069
	Phone: 213.848.3480
	PO Box 16158
	Beverly Hills, CA  90209
	Phone: 800-96-DREAM
	Web site:
	Catalog $10, refundable with first order.
	Lingerie and sexplay wear for men and women, including stuff
	made by Stormy Leather, in mostly regular sizes, but some items
	go up to women's size 22. Web site uses thin models.

Dress Barn Woman
	Seconds/discount store -- the large size version of Dress Barn.
	Cheap to moderately priced.

Drysdales Western Wear
	1555 N 107th East Ave.
	Tulsa, OK 74116
	Phone orders: (800) 444-6481, (617) 982-8681 (local/overseas)
	Customer service: (800) 608-9800 
	Fax: (617) 982-8766 
	Web site:
	Blue jeans, various styles and sizes, one style to 54-inch
	waist. T-shirts to 2X. Cowboy and work boots, some to men's size

Eagleson's Outlet
	Large men's clothing.

Eddie Bauer
	Phone: (800) 426-8020
	Web site:
	Affiliated with Spiegel. Some women's clothing up to size 22W,
	similar to that sold by L.L. Bean and Land's End. Women's
	swimwear to 20 long and D cup. Some men's items up to 3X. They
	don't charge extra for large sizes.

Electric Earth Gemstone Jewelry
	1840 41st Ave., #102-149
	Capitola, CA  95010
	Y-necklaces of various lengths. Send SASE for brochure.

Elegance at Large
	Jamie Fox 
	San Diego
	Phone: 619-285-9265
	Designer who does custom work for plus and supersizes 

Elegance Plus
	Phone: (213) 292-6283
	Can order up to 6X or 8X.

	7758 Via Rosa Maria 
	Burbank, Ca 91504
	Phone: 213-622-8868
	Fax: 213-653-5585 
	Supersize clothing, tall and petite.

Elliot-Brown Boutique
	PO Box 49338, LA, Ca 90049
	Fax: 310-858-4993
	Web site:
	Email your address for a catalog.
	"Special occasion fashions" to 3X. The web site has been under
	construction for months.

	Mall store.
	Liz Claiborne's large sizes store. Sizes 14-22 (tell them you
	want larger sizes!), some petites. Clothes are well-made and
	somewhat expensive. Their service is attentive -- the saleswomen
	follow you around the store pointing things out that you might
	be interested in, holding clothes for you, helping you
	coordinate. Their pants seem very well-made -- the one with
	buttons at the waist all have two buttons so the waistband sits
	nicely. Most have some elastic in the waist too. 

Enchanted Attic
	San Bernadino, CA
	Phone: (909) 862-1170
	Halloween costumes in sizes 1X-4X.

ER Moore Academic Apparel and Choir Robes
	1810 West Grace St.
	Chicago, IL  60613
	Phone: (312) 477-7277
	Fax: (773) 549 4625
	Web site:
	A poster reports: "All they asked was my height and weight (5'6"
	and 450), and they provided me with a gown (size 509) that fits
	beautifully. I also needed a larger cap, and they provided that
	as well. The best part is that they didn't charge me any more
	for mine than they did anyone else. (It was less than $20.)" 

E.T. Wright Executive Shoes
	Phone: 800-934-1022
	Web site:
	Men's shoes in sizes 6 to 16 and widths from AAA to EEEEE. Also
	refurbish old shoes.

Exceptional Shop
	529 N. Center St.
	Cumberland, MD  21502
	Phone: (301) 724-0624
	Bridal as well as dressy/elegant.

Exclusive Appeal
	4809 Avenue N, Ste 306
	Brooklyn, NY  11234
	Phone: (718) 604-9297
	Catalog $7 ($5 refunded with first order)
	Danskin Plus catalog (14-28), also lingerie.

Extra Emphasis
	PO Box 1725
	Tahoe City, CA  96145
	Phone: (800) 539-0030, 1-916-581-0848
	Fax: (916) 581-5719 
	Bras in sizes 32-56, cup sizes C-H. Some prenatal, maternity,
	and sports bras as well. Particularly recommended is the Leading
	Lady Nursing Bra, model LL491.

	PO Box 3374 R-4
	Beverley Hills, Ca  90212-0374
	Catalog $4.
	Lingerie in sizes 16-26.

Fairy Godmother at Large
        153 E Fremont Ave
        Sunnyvale, CA 94087
        Phone: (408) 737-7684
        Catalog $1.
        New and used clothing in sizes 14-super. Women's jeans up to
	size 60. T-shirts up to 72" around; big shirts up to 78" around;
	panties up to size 16. Nylon pettipants up to 6X. They also sell
	maternity clothes. In the past, some folks had bad experiences
	giving them consignments. The proprieter, Marcia Shea, says she
	has responded to these problems by improving her consignment
	policies and hiring additional staff to handle consignments.

Fashion Bug Plus
	Mall store.

Fashion Connection
[casual] [catalog] [women] 
	N410 Thunderbird
	Genoa City, WI 53128 
	Phone: (888) 251-4248 

	Web site:
	Phone: 800-376-7180 
	Custom designed decorated blouses and tuxedo shirts to 3X

Feminine Fancies Catalog Sales
	PO Box 96
	Walterville OR  97489-0096
	Phone: (503) 484-4040
	Catalog $5 (credited to first order)
	Plus-size leather catalog. Be sure to ask for the Plus Size
	catalog, as they also have a small sizes catalog.

Femme Fancy
	217 S. Ellsworth
	San Mateo, CA  94401
	Phone: (415) 340-8392
	Plus and supersize wedding gowns.

Filene's and Filene's Basement
	Web site: (lists phone numbers for stores)
	Department store with locations throughout the US East Coast.
	Jones New York Woman clothing, and others. Sizes up to 24. 

Fine & Fancy Lingerie  
	(415) 861-4576 
	Intimate apparel for sizes 1X-5X

Fit To Be Tried
	4754 East Grant,
	Tuscon, AZ 85712
	Phone: 520-881-6449
	Catalog $2. 
	Activewear up to 4X, including bicycle shorts.

Forgotten Woman
	Mall store.
	Expensive, very dressy clothes, but good sales. Also beautiful
	clothes based on ethnic designs with beadwork, batik, etc. Silk

Frank's Big & Tall
	One store's info: 
	115 Franklin Turnpike
	Mahwah, NJ 07430
	Phone: (201) 529-5445

Frederick's of Hollywood
	6608 Hollywood Blvd.
	PO Box 229
	Hollywood, CA  90078-0229
	Phone: (800) 323-9525, (310) 637-7770 Customer Service
	Fax: (310) 764-2988 
	Web site:
	An increasing selection of their lingerie and "trashy street
	clothes" is available in sizes up to 3X (50-inch bust, 44-inch
	waist, 52-inch hips). Some folks think the tops are too small,
	some think the tops are too large. Good service. The clothing is
	not especially well-made. Most of their clothes are made for
	hourglass figures. They use thin models, even in the plus size
	section of their web site.

Full Bloom
	185 South Pearl
	Denver, CO 80209
	Phone: (303) 733-6264
	Catalog $2 (credited to first order)  
	Sizes 2x-12x T-shirts, sweatshirts, nightshirts, tank tops,
	"fanny wraps".

Full Figure Design Company
	490 S. Stone Mountain-Lithonia Rd., #59
	Stone Mountain, GA  30088
	Phone: (770) 413-9520

Glamour Puss
	Phone: (818) 357-7277

Gotcha Covered
	PO Box 40443
	Downey, CA  90241
	Pants, T-shirts, etc. in sizes 1X-5X. Reasonably priced.

Great Changes
	12516 Riverside Dr, 
	North Hollywood, CA 91607 
	Phone: 818-769-4626 
	"Wonderful Victorian style boutique with an equally wonderful
	selection of avant guard, vintage, elegant clothes plus fun
	stuff like leather vests, beautiful lingerie, great swimsuits
	and a good selection of Danskin exercise wear." Their own line
	of leather lingerie, as well as Stormy Leather lingerie. Sizes
	to 6x.

Great Impressions
	720 Anderson Rd.
	St. Cloud, MN  56340

Greater Salt Lake Clothing Company
	Phone: 800-273-8700
	Ski clothes up to size 30.  

Greater Woman
	10360 Ellison Cir.
	Omaha, NE  68134
	Phone: (800) 68-WOMAN
	Seasonal video catalogs. Update: "They appear to be out of
	business. I am a subscriber and have received no tapes for a
	year and they have quit advertising. Their phone is still
	active, but they appear to only be taking orders from old
	tapes." (Jan 97)

GynoCentric Catalog
	PO Box 934
	Santa Cruz, CA 95061-0934
	Phone: (408) 457-4838
	Email: (Dawn Atkins) 
	T-shirts (two designs, sizes small-10X) and jewelry that promote
	body image diversity. 

Gypsy Moon Enchantment Collection
	1780 Mass Ave.
	Cambridge, MA  02140
	Phone: (617) 876-7095 (store), (800) 955-GYPSY (mail order)
	Web site:
	Catalog $3.
	Velvets and chiffons, faerie tale clothes. Definitely designed
	for the romantic dreamer in us, these fashions include a
	gorgeous floor length, hooded cape in silk velvet (the most
	expensive item in the selection at $285), flowing skirts,
	tunics, and shawls. My favorite skirt, described as looking "as
	if it could be made of cobwebs and stardust," is actually made
	of a more practical silk chiffon and costs right around $100. A
	bit pricey, but these are exciting, unusual, and very feminine
	and available in "bountiful" or custom sizes. Regarding large
	sizes, they write: "We have found, in the last year, that our
	Bountiful clientele is quite diverse. Rather than trying to make
	clothes that are not going to fit you, we suggest you inquire
	about the fashions you are interested in. We keep a very small
	inventory to begin with, so many of our orders are made up when
	we receive them. We only charge about $10 more on most Bountiful
	items and this is truly because we tend to receive fabrics that
	are not very wide and do in fact use more yardage for these
	items. It is not a fat tax! So, please call us and let's see
	what is possible." 

Harper Greer
	580 4th St.
	San Francisco, CA  94107
	Phone: (415) 543-4066, (800) 578-4066
	San Francisco store. Expensive. Casual career to dressy. Clothes
	made in the store, so they will be unique!

Hartfield's Plus
	Maui, HI
	Clothing similar to what Lane Bryant sells. Fashionable and

Heinz Gift Shop
	PO Box 18714
	San Antonio, TX  78218
	Phone: (210) 657-9421
	Catalog $8 (refunded with first order)
	Lingerie 1X to 4X.

Henri's Full Figure Boutique
	1419 Krameria St
	Denver, Co 80220,
	Phone: 303-355-1811
	Web site:
	Lacy bridal and evening wear, suits. Some items in supersizes.
	They use thin models.

High Places
	PO Box 4406
	Highlands Ranch, CO  80126
	Phone: (303) 791-1819
	Corsets, jewelry, bustiers, lingerie, and bustiers. Sizes to

Hitchcock Wide Shoes for Men
	225 Beal St
	Hingham, MA 02043
	Phone: (617) 749-3571, (800) 992-WIDE
	Web site:
	Men's shoes sizes 5-13, EEE through EEEEEE. Dress, casual,
	athletic, outdoor, and work shoes, boots, slippers, rubbers,
	sandals. Email address for free catalog.

H.L.S. Belts
	4757 W. Park #106-410
	Plano, TX 75093
	Catalog $2
	Belts in plus and super sizes.

Hot Off the Tour
	Phone: (800) 878-8189
	They specialize in golf wear, but some of their stuff may also
	be applicable to tennis and other sports. They are pricey (polo
	shirt $68, twill shorts $56).

Hovis Jeans by Hoveland Mfg. Co.		
	Box 1717
	Cody, WY 82414
	Phone: (307) 587-5233
	Denim blue jeans (to 60" waist), vests, blazers, dusters, and
	jackets. 1X to 5X - up to 60" waist & custom sizing. Hovis is
	carried by a number of retail outlets, and catalogs, but if you
	can't find them, they will sell to you direct.

	PO Box 1482222
	Chicago, IL  60614-8222
	Catalog $3 (refunded with first order)
	Lingerie up to size 4X.

In Full Swing
	285 Sutter St., at Grant
	San Francisco, CA
	Phone: (415) 433-1564

Indulgence Lingerie
	Phone: (617) 893-1986

Intimate Appeal
	Arizona Mail Order Company, Inc.
	PO Box 27800
	Tuscon, AZ  85726
	Phone orders: (602) 747-5000 
	Customer service: (602) 748-8600 
	Connected with Regalia (see below) but better selection.
	Somewhat tacky nightgowns, pajamas, loungewear in sizes small to
	3X. Good selection of bras in bigger sizes, some styles up to
	48G. Reasonably priced.

Irene's Fashions at Large 
	2939 Arden Way 
	Sacramento, CA  95825 
	Phone: (916) 483-1065  
	Pam Segalman is the owner. Irene's has been serving large women
	for over 25 years. Sizes are 36-60. They carry everything from
	career wear, evening wear, slacks, jeans, sweater, lingerie &
	bras. Pam will ship items to customers.  

It's A Secret Plus
	PO Box 5001
	Englewood, CO  80155-5001
	Phone: 800-390-3528 
	Catalog $3.
	Sexy lingerie, also oils, lotions, books, etc. Sizes 1X-6X.
	Average prices.

The J
	Western Division
	507 E. 10th 
	Spokane, WA 99202
	Phone: (509) 624-4795
	Bridal and bridal party gowns in sizes 2W-28W.

JC Penney's 
	PO Box 2021
	Milwaukee, WI  53201-2021
	Phone: (800) 222-6161
	Web site:
	Their regular catalog has some large-size clothing, in
	particular maternity clothing. They fill orders in a few days.
	They are good about returns. You can return catalog merchandise
	to their stores. Some folks have had problems ordering from JC
	Penney's large size and kids' catalogs (for example, one person
	complained that many items are sold out before the catalog even
	arrives). Others have had good experiences. Their outlet stores
	have good sales on women's and men's and maternity clothing and 
	offer clothing in women's sizes 28-30 and up.
	Bridal catalog (their larger stores have bridal departments).
	Fashion Plus catalog
  		Women's jeans, casual and career dresses and separates,
		suits, outerwear, swimsuits, leggings, and split slips.
		Sizes 14W-34W, and also women's talls and petites.
		Swimsuits up to size 26W. Several people say their sizes
		run small. Report: "I think their quality is pretty
		good. They have more what I would call dressey and
		career type clothing and their spring issue also has
		some ethnic prints. Their models, are a decent size,
		bigger than some other women's catalog's models....they
		also carry some of the Delta Burke Collection." 
	JC Penney's Big & Extra Tall Catalog
   		Basic men's clothes -- waists up to 60:, chests up to
		64", necks up to 21", sizes to 4X or 5X. Dress slacks
		with elastic or partially elastic waists.
	Big Kids Catalog
		Two catalogs a year (spring and fall), with girl's Plus
		and Extra Plus sizes and boy's husky and shorter husky
		sizes. Levi's Dockers, Union Bay, Bugle Boy, snow pants,
		wind suits, denim and flannel shirts, the works. Fairly
		thin models. 
	Maternity Catalog
	   	Maternity outfits up to size 26, bras to 44DD,
		maternity panties and pantyhose. Good quality, sized
		well, somewhat limited selection, somewhat pricey.

J. Jill Ltd.
	PO Box 3006
	Winterbrook Way
	Meredith, NH 03253-3006
	Phone: (800) 642-9989
	Style described as "New England Country." About 2/3 of
	merchandise is available in women's sizes to 28. Generous fit.
	Dresses cost around $80 and two-piece items cost around $200.
	Overnight shipping on in-stock items. Courteous service. One
	woman wrote that she has worn their clothing for years. Another
	wrote: "Sometimes they may not "upsize" their designs
	correctly--for example, a sweater will be made wider for the
	larger sizes, but not longer. Unfortunately, you never know when
	you are going to have this problem, since they never use
	plus-sized models in their catalogues." One woman wrote that the
	clothing in the catalogs looked high-quality and "What I
	especially liked was that most of the selections went from a
	size 2 to size 3-4X--not special (read: uglier) selections for
	larger sizes....They specialize in natural fibers and
	comfort--slightly funky--yet definitely appropriate for work."

J. Silver
	Chain of clothing stores located in RI, MA, CT, NY and FL.
	Plus size department in every store. Clothing, lingerie, and
	shoes. Inexpensive, sexy clothes.

JW Ramage Catalog (formerly Nightlines Plus)
	1007 Oak Hill Road, Suite B,
	Lafayette, CA 94549-3805
	Phone: (800) 715-PLUS (7587), (510) 284-7528
	Web site:
	Lingerie and clothing in plus and supersizes; Danskin Plus; some
	swimswuits. John Sun silks. Salon coat. Almost everything in the
	catalog goes up to 4X, some up to 6X and larger. Boots in custom
	calf sizes. Several folks commented on the pretty packaging and
	helpful sales staff.

[chain] [casual] [career] [women] 
	PO Box 844
	Jackson, MI 49204
	Michigan department store with a plus size department. Pricey,
	good quality.

[catalog] [lingere] [supersize] [women] 
	PO Box 26458
	Tucson, AZ 85726
	Phone: (520) 746-9474
	Bras to 76 and cups to Z

Jasco Uniform Co.
	Phone: (800) 222-4445 
	Fax: (708) 291-7928 
	Uniforms in misses' sizes up to 20, women's sizes up to 32W/52,
	unisex sizes up to 3XL. Women's scrubs up to 5XL (54-56). Men's
	scrubs up to 5XL (chest 62-64, waist 56-58). They won't sell to
	people in FL and five other states. UPS won't deliver for them. 

Jean Nicole Plus
	Mall store.

J. Lumarel Corp.
	801 So. University Drive, Suite C-110
	Plantation, FL 33324
	Phone: (800) 606-1816
	Catalog $3 (refundable with order)
	Longer length Y-necklaces in gold and silver.

Johansen Bros. Shoes
	(800) 624-9079
	1915 W Main  
	Corning, AR   72422
	Hard to find shoes 5-13, A-EE

John Sun Silks Design Center
	1600 E 29th Street, Signal Hill, CA
	Phone: (310) 989-1242 
	Handpainted silk clothing, one-of-a-kind, designer originals,
	shirts, separates. Rather expensive. JW Ramage also offers some
	of his designs.

Judith Couturiere
	S. 1314 Grand Se. 2-252; Spokane, Wa. 99202 
	Phone: 800-483-5598, 509-624-4795 
	Fax: 509-624-4795 
	Web page
	Two lines of bride and bridesmaid gowns, to size 28-30, priced
	from $100.

Jump In
[single][New York][women][supersize][lingerie]
	46 W 14th St
	New York, NY 10011
	Phone: (212) 352-1777
	Supersize as well as regular sized lingerie (wholesale to the
	public). Example: royal blue silk camisole with beaded lace
	applique in 5X is $5.99. 

Junonia for Active Women 
	The Minnesota Building, Suite 216
	46 East Fourth Street
	St. Paul, MN  55101
	Phone: (800) 671-0175
	Web site:
	Sportswear from Danskin and other brands. Swimwear to 4X. Bike
	shorts, great sports bras, support panties, lots of T-shirts and
	leggings, tennis skirt, and ski wear. All clothes available in
	sizes 14-26; many items, and all of Junonia's own brand, to a
	roomy size 32. Sports bras 38-48 DD, 46 EE/F. They say they will
	be carrying sports bras to 50s. Good service (although one order
	was not delivered when promised) and good quality. Their web
	site offers discount specials. 

Just Big Sportswear
	4700 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
	Charlotte, NC  28216
	T-shirts up to 10XL.  Also sweats, dorm shirts, and hooded

Just My Size
	PO Box 748
	Rural Hill, NC 27098-0748
	Phone orders: (800) 522-9567, (910) 635-3447 
	Customer service: (800) 522-0889 
	Web site:
	They don't ship to Canada.
	Pantyhose up to super sizes. Some people have complained that
	their pantyhose aren't sized right for pear shaped bodies, feel
	rough against the skin, and tend to bag at the knees and ankles.
	Bras: Bali, Playtex, JMS and other brands, up to 50DDD or so.
	Panties to size 14. Inexpensive casual and sports clothes to 4X.
	Their sweatshirts are generously sized and comfortable. Lately
	the models seem to have been getting smaller, and haven't seen
	any disabled models in the last few catalogs.

Just Right
[catalog][women][swimwear] [midsize]
	30 Tozer Rd.
	PO Box 1020
	Beverly, MA  01915-0720
	Phone: (800) 767-6666
	Sizes to 26

Kaufman's Tall & Big Men's Shop
	Two locations:
	3395 South Broadway
	Englewood, Colorado 80110
	Phone: (303) 761-6000; (888) 761-8255
	Fax: (303) 761-3395
	10707 N. E. Fourth Street
	Bellevue, Washington 98004
	Phone: (425) 453-8255; (888) 761-8255
	Fax: (425) 453-8181
	Web site:
	No printed catalog.
	Men's clothing to sizes 5LT and 5X (60-inch waist).
K Mart
	Department store.
	Big men's clothes.

Kathleen's Full-Size Fashions
	In Seattle's Ballard district, near Market street, across 
	from the original Ballard Computer.
	Jeans, sportswear, separates, dresses, including wedding
	dresses. Sizes 14-32+. Many styles in limited size range: i.e.,
	1x-3x, 1x-4x, or 4x-6x. No shoes or business suits. Not much
	variety in bras or panties. Styles range from casual to
	fashionable to funky to elegant to sexy. One reader buys most of
	her clothes there. 

Kay Largo Custom Sized Jewelry & Accessories
	PO Box 7088, Huntsville, AL 35807
	Phone: 205-518-9413
	Fax: 205-518-9415
	Web site:
	Custom-sized jewelry (including eyeglass keepers, tummy chains,
	and jewelry for the feet) and leather jackets and chaps in large
	sizes (some to 70).

Key Industries 
	Phone: (800) 835-0365 
	Bib overalls to about a 66" waist. 

King Size
	PO Box 8385
	Indianapolis, IN  46283-8385
	Phone orders: (800) 846-1600 
	Fax: (800) 682-8109
	TDD: (800) 682-8095
	Tall and big men's clothing: T-shirts up to 9XL for $14.95. Cotton
	draw-string pants, turtlenecks, overalls, shorts, swimsuits.
	Inexpensive. Large-size unisex rain gear, extra-large umbrellas,
	ties, and fanny packs. Levis up to 60" waist.

LL Bean
	Freeport, ME 04033
	Phone: (800) 221-4221
	Web site:
	Women's sizes to 20.  Men's pants to 46 in some styles (inseam
	sometimes to 36), shirts and jackets to XXL Tall in some styles.
	Shoes in wider sizes. Great quality. Ships FedEx in continental
	US for no extra charge. Service varies. Some clothing runs
	small, especially pants/tops, not so much outerwear, which is
	cut for layering. 

Lady Dare  -- "For the Distinctive Woman sizes 14-32"
[single][North Carolina][women][supersize][casual]
	MP14, Outer Banks Mall
	P.O. Box 441
	Nags Head, NC
	Phone: 919-441-7461
	This is a fairly small store, but they had some unusual clothes
	there, such as a batiked summer dress.  Good quality, kinda high
	prices. They don't have a catalog, but they have a mailing list
	and they will notify you if they get something in that you might
	be interested in. 

Lady Grace Intimate Apparel
	61 Exchange St.
	PO Box 128
	Malden, MA  02148
	Phone: (800) 922-0504
	Web site:
	Bras and maternity bras to 52-I, bustiers, panties to 9X,
	girdles. Stores are located on East Coast of US. Send email with
	name, mailing address, and daytime telephone number for free

Land's End
	1 Land's End Ln.
	Dodgeville, WI 53595
	Phone: (800) 356-4444
	Web site:
	Some of the women's clothing goes up to 20W or 2XL (bathing
	suits go up to 18). Some men's clothing goes up to size 3X. Some
	shoes in wide widths. Quality is good, prices moderate. Phone
	service is good (service reps they have all the clothing
	measurements on screen). The web site has a special index of
	men's big and big/tall items. 
	A while back, they ran a picture on the front cover of their
	catalog of a slender woman standing in a pair of shorts about
	ten sizes too big for her, which she has to hold up the
	waistband to keep from falling off her. Two other women stand at
	either side holding the legs of the shorts out to show how huge
	they are on her. They are all smiling as if at a joke. Some
	folks do not patronize them because they feel this picture was
	inappropriate and offensive to fat people.

Lane Bryant Catalog
	PO Box 8301
	Indianapolis, IN 46283-8301
	Phone orders: (800) 477-7070 
	Customer service: (800) 477-7030 
	The catalog is not affiliated with the retail stores. Misses'
	sizes 14-20, women's sizes 36-60. They do have strapless bras
	and soft-cup bras that aren't underwires and don't give you a
	monobosom look. They have swimsuits. They use thin models.
	Clothing varies in quality (for example, buttons sometimes
	come off easily) and fashion consciousness. The general consensus
	seems to be that if you read the catalog carefully and avoid
	certain fabrics (such as rayon, which tends to shrink) you can
	find a few fashionable good quality things. Clothing sizes tend to
	be accurate. Some have praised their silk blouses and Hunter's
	Run denim leggings. Good sales. Good about taking things back.
	They may be offering some large and supersize men's clothing
	to 9X. "I know it's common to pooh-pooh the Lane Bryant and
	Roaman's catalogs, but the fact is that they *are* the most
	affordable clothing source for women up to the smaller end of
	supersize." Dresses and suits are less commonly offered in larger

Lane Bryant Stores
	Web site:
	Mall store.
	Owned by the people who own the Limited; found in malls across
	the U.S. Trendy clothing, pricey if you don't buy on sale. Sizes
	to 28 or 32. Some people have (big) problems with the quality. 
	Selections vary a lot by location. So far they haven't used
	large-size models in their advertising. Their web site,
	infuriatingly, prattles about "real women" and advertises a
	"search for real women contest" for women size 14 and over --
	while using thin models in the pictures! Not affiliated with the
	Lane Bryant catalog. 

Large Lovely Lady
[catalog] [wedding] [supersize] [evening] [career]
	PO Box 4385 
	Chatsworth, CA 91312-4385
	Phone: (818) 709-0950
	Catalog $2 

Laughing Sisters
	4514 Manitou Way
	San Diego CA  92117
	Phone: (619) 272-1976
	Catalog $1.
	They make and sell unusually high quality nightgowns of their
	own design, old-fashioned, extremely full, and graciously
	gathered with set-in sleeves. Sizes to super and custom.
	Well-constructed and high-quality. They also make flannel or
	summerweight cotton nightgowns for nursing women, with two
	openings concealed in deep pleats in gathers at the yoke. "The
	owner is an amusing woman to speak with. She sells her gowns in
	two sizes, Small and Medium. Medium is for about 24-36+, which
	she said she named Medium because that's her size and it's her
	company. She also will custom-size as necessary."

Leather Lady
	248 Rt. 25A
	Setauket, NY 11733
	Phone: Toll free (888) LEA-LADY (532-5239)
	Fax: (516) 751-6761
	Web page:
	Catalog $5
	They have several catalogs. The one for large sizes is called
	"Twice as Sexy." High quality, nice-looking sexy lingerie in
	leather and PVC. Also choker and chain bra extenders, hosiery
	and bondage toys. The models are large size (18-20), the
	clothing offered is size 1X to 4X (51-inch bust, 42-inch waist,
	53-inch hip) in most cases. 

Lebow Brothers Clothing for Men and Boys
	178 Linden Street
	Diehl's Plaza
	Wellesley, MA 02181
	Phone: (617) 431-7194, (800) 814-2229
	Web site:

Leggings Plus	
	36 Pequot
	Ringwood, NJ 07456
	Phone: 201-962-4678
	Web site:
	Quite inexpensive leggings, bike shorts, T-shirts to 3X-4X

	1696 Valencia
	San Francisco, CA
	Phone: (415) 282-1243
	Men's work clothing to 6X or so. Pricey, but very good quality. 

Lillian Lavergne Designs
	7401 Lunar Dr.
	Austin, TX  78745
	Phone: (800) 416-0063
	Slips and camisoles in sizes XS to 10X. Prices around $40.  

Linda's Classic Woman
	139 E. Chicago Blvd.
	Tecumseh, MI
	Phone: (517)423-7155
	Classic women's clothing

Lingerie at Large
	161 Carousel Mall 
	San Bernadino Ca 92401
	Phone: 909-885-5611
	Fax: 909-624-2288
	Web site:
	Catalog $5 (comes with $5 coupon)
	Sizes to 4X (a few items to 5X). Also sells Danskin Plus. The
	web site uses large models. Bras to 52DDD. Longline bras and
	bridal corselettes. Half-slips, camisoles, bra liners, teddy and
	bra extenders, and strapless bras, teddies, baby dolls,
	garterbelts, gowns, open bust and glow in the dark teddies. 

Lingerie Net
	633 Post Street, Suite 200
	San Francisco, CA 94109
	Phone: 800-336-4945 (orders only)
	Fax: 800-336-4945 or 415-757-8485 
	Web site:
	Catalog: 5.95 (ask for the Plump and Pretty catalog)
	Midsize to 4X (bust 51 inches, waist 43 inches, hips 53 inches)

Lionwear Custom Clothing
	Web site:
	Made-to-measure men's dress shirts, using 10 measurements you
	take yourself (with their instructions). They also offer velcro
	fasteners (underneath cosmetic buttons) to make fastening
	easier. $2 of each order is contributed to United Cerebral
	Palsy. Prices $75-$110/shirt depending on fabric and size. US
	shipping is included. 

Long Elegant Legs 
	PO Box 1290
	Somerville, NJ  08876
	Phone orders: (800) 344-2225 
	Customer service: (800) 344-2235 
	Fax: (908) 359-0691 
	Clothes for tall women, up to size 22.  

Lord & Taylor
	Department store.
	Web site: (lists phone numbers of stores) 
	Good plus-size department.

Loving Woman Lingerie and More
	425 Broadway
	Millbrae, CA  94030
	Phone: (415) 652-7980

MTF Geriatrics
	PO Box 320
	Ellis, KS  67637
	Phone: (913) 726-4807
	Dresses, slips/camisoles, skirts, blouses -- clothing for folks
	with disabilities.

	Web site:
	Department store. Plus-size clothes in Macy's Woman section.
	Pricey, evening/career focus. Recommended that you get a
	"Personal Shopper" who can help if you have problems. Sizes up
	to 24. Jockey For Her underwear to size 12 or 13.

Madame X Lingerie
	3023 N. Clark St., Suite 271R
	Chicago, IL 60657
	Catalog $5
	Lingerie to 4X (24).

Magical Creations Boutique
	4232 NE Sandy Blvd.
	Portland, OR
	Phone: (503) 288-5450
	Plus and supersize designer samples, wearable art, ethnic.

Making It Big
	9595 Main Street
	Penngrove, CA 
	Phone: (707) 795-6861 (store), (707) 795-1995 (catalog)
	Web site:
	Dresses, pants, tops, career clothes, some underclothes,
	sportswear. Carefully tailored, natural fibers, dyed to order
	(so sometimes you have to wait a while), high quality. Good
	source of basics. Some pants, dresses, and shirts are available
	in petite and/or tall sizes. Some folks feel they aren't
	sufficiently responsive to supersize needs; other folks think
	they do a good job. They use large models. Pretty colors. They
	have their own size chart. Their clothes seem to be long enough
	for tall women. "Their leggings are the most comfortable
	garments I've ever worn, in a very soft cotton-lycra mix which
	does not seem to be available anywhere else. They are receptive
	to customer comments." One person said that the environmentally
	friendly dyes are not color-fast, but another had no problem
	with clothing fading quickly.

Marianne Plus
	Mall store.
	Funky clothes at reasonable prices. Cool urban fashion.

Marian's Full Figure Designs
	385 W. Marigold
	Altadena, CA  91001
	Phone: (213) 681-5845
	Catalog $2 (refunded with first order)
	Tops, shirts, stirrup pants.

	PO Box 1117
	Santa Maria, CA 93456
	Phone: (800) 462-4447
	Lingerie in sizes 1X-4X. A little pricey.

	Discount store.  
	Hit or miss, but sometimes they have good stuff. 

Marshall Field's
	Department store. Sizes to 24-28. Not bad in price if you hit a
	sale. Quality and selection varies by location.

	601 Twelfth St.
	PO Box 10088
	Lynchburg, VA  24506-0088
	Phone: (800) 4-MASSEY
	Women's shoes up to size 14 in a variety of widths.

	San Francisco, CA
	Limited selection of larger clothes (sizes 12-22). If their
	style matches yours, you'll be in heaven.

McB's Shoes
	715 Market St.
	San Francisco, CA 94103
	Phone: (415) 546-9444, (415) 957-9988
	Sizes 6-13, AAAAA-EE.

Miss M.
	4470-107 Sunset Blvd, Suite 131
	Hollywood, CA 90027
	"Slutwear" in sizes 1X-6X.  Possibly no longer in business

Modern Woman
	Phone: (717) 396-9000 (corporate headquarters)
	Clothing store similar to Lane Bryant; mostly casual and career,
	some dressy stuff. Their lingerie selection is much better than
	LB's. Somewhat pricey, but great sales, excellent service. Call
	corporate headquarters for location near you.  Sizes 14-26
	mostly, some stuff to size 32. 

More To Hug
	Phone: (800) 850-8525
	Web site:
	Stores in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo, CA.

More To Love, Too
	Breckenridge Lane South in the Hikes Point area
	Louisville, KY
	Sizes from 14 to 36 and can special order anything from a size 3
	up to 8x

Myles Ahead 
	6652 NW 57 St.
	Tamarac, FL 33321
	Phone: 888-MylesAhead, (305) 724-0500
	Fax: (305) 724-7177

NAAFA Feminist SIG
	Lynn Meletiche
	2065 First Ave. #19-D
	Dept. RM
	New York, NY  10029
	Phone: (212) 721-8259
	Large-size hospital gowns (allow 4-6 weeks for delivery). 

[single][New York][women][casual][evening]
	132 Thompson St NY, NY 10012
	Phone: 212-505-7768

Nancy Lawrence
	Edina, Minnesota
	Phone: (612) 925-9305
	Pricey boutique, sizes 14-26. 

Nancy's Choice
	Indianapolis, IN  46201
	Misses' sizes 10-20, women's sizes 36-46, also shoes.

National Wholesale Co.
	400 National Blvd.
	Lexington, NC  27294
	Phone: 910-249-0211 (orders only), 910-249-4202
	Fax: 910-249-9326
	Pantyhose by the dozen at reasonable prices. Several
	queen-size styles. Non-run pantyhose in large (up to 200 lbs).

Naturally Yours
	PO Box 86481
	Portland, OR  97286
	3405 SE 63rd St.
	Portland, OR  97206
	Phone: (503) 777-1027
	Leggings in sizes 1X-4X.

New Attitude
	1289 Kilauea Ave.
	Hilo, HI
	Phone: (808) 935-6055
	Clothing "with an island attitude." Sizes 14-34. They ship.

New Look
	Phone: (800) 998-1985
	Tall and BBW.

Newport News
	Avon Lane
	Hampton, VA  23630-1244
	Phone: (800) 688-2830, (804) 827-9000 (customer service)
	Formerly Avon Fashions. Casual clothes. Some of their stuff goes
	up to size 16, 18, 20, 2X.

Nicole Summers
[catalog] [career] [casual] [evening] 
	PO Box 3003
	Winterbrook Way
	Meridith, NH 03253-3003
	Phone: 800-642-6786
	Sizes to 26

	Catalog info:
	PO Box 91018
	Seattle WA 98111-9118
	Phone: (800) 285-5800, (206) 215-7100 (outside US and Canada)
	Fax: (800) 285-7288, (208) 215-7288 (outside US and Canada)
	TDD: (800) 285-7344
	Web site: 
	Department store is upscale, service oriented. Plus-size clothes
	in Encore department. This is a *great* place to find large
	shoes, especially for women. They will move heaven and earth to
	find a fit! They have a new plus-size catalog that uses large

Nothing in Moderation
	801 Lake St.
	Oak Park, IL
	Phone: (708) 386-9750
	Fax: (708) 386-9767
	Wearable art, natural fabric, nice women, lots of styles.

Oddessy Martial Arts and Medieval Supply Center
	Phone: 1-800-ODDESSY (1-800-633-3779)
	Web site:  
	Large martial arts uniforms, including Karate gis up to size
	12 (equivalent to men's 5X). Also Japanese swords and knives,
	medieval swords, Karate, Kung Fu, and Tae Kwon Do training
	equipment, aids and safety gear, and numerous other martial
	arts and medieval related products and literature. Web site
	uses some large models. The supersize uniforms are quite 

Oh! Susanna
	206 Culver St
	Chatta, TN  37415
	Phone: (615) 874-0792
	Shorts, sweats, T-shirts in 5X to 8X.

Old Pueblo Traders
[catalog] [casual] [petite] [women] [lingerie] [shoes]
	Palo Verde at 34th St
	PO Box 27800
	Tucson, AZ 85726-7800
	Phone: (520) 747-5000
	Catalog $2 

Orchard Corset Discount Center
[internet][single][New York][overseas][women][lingerie][costume]
	Orchard Corset Center 
	157 Orchard Street 
	New York, NY 10002
	Phone: (212) 674-0786
	Web site:
	Many kinds and brands of lingerie, sizes to 54-I. Also
	theatrical, costume and period items.

Original Jo's
	8766 Wicklow Lane
	Dublin, CA 94568-1149
	Phone: (800) 352-9156
	T-shirts decorated with sayings or pictures, sizes 1X-8X. 

PS Plus Sizes Plus Savings
	Mall store.
	Business and casual wear. Very reasonable prices. Sizes up to
	30/32 routinely, and sometimes up to 34/36 and 5X. Sizes run
	large, including the pantyhose and tights.

Pango Pango Swimwear
	1905 E. Atlantic Boulevard
	Pompano Beach, FL  33060-6562
	Phone: (305) 786-0255
	Really skimpy, really sleazy swimsuits, mostly bikinis.
	Bottoms up to XXL (45"-47" hips). Tops have cup sizes AA to F,
	and they make the band to your measurements. They do special

Parsinen Design
	1011 Boren Ave., Suite 178
	Seattle, WA  98104
	Phone: (206) 682-9814, (800) 422-5808
	Fax: (206) 329-0944

Peacock Clothes
	331 Town & Country Village
	Sunnyvale, CA 94086
	Phone: (408) 730-0941
	Carries XL-XXXL (28 can fit up to 500lbs or more). Reasonable
	prices. Some people think quality is good, a few disagree.

Peggy Lutz Plus Size Designer Outlet
	6784 Depot St.
	Sebastopol, CA
	Phone: (707) 824-1634, (800) 498-3294
	Web page:
	Catalog $3.
	Carries We Be Bop. Offers "custom clothing" and "fantasy wear."
	Elegant designs and high-quality interesting fabrics. Good
	selection of sizes. Not cheap. Internet catalog uses plus size
	models and older models. "If you get put on Peggy's mailing
	list, you will receive all sorts of things in the mail--fabric
	samples, photos, printed brochures, flyers. Sometimes it is a
	little overwhelming...but the reason is a great one--there are
	no limitations: she will literally sew anything for you that you
	want in any fabric that she has. Peggy's designs get more
	beautiful and refined every year, and she has an intuitive sense
	of what looks good on plus-size bodies...She is very pleasant on
	the phone and will spend all the time you need...offering
	suggestions and taking notes about any modifications you want."
	Lutz is a featured designed in the Winter 1997 (Rosie O'Donnell
	issue) of Radiance.

Phoenix Big and Tall
	805 Branch Drive,
	Alpharetto, GA 30201
	Phone: (800) 251-8067
	They sell a range of men's wear. They have boxers and briefs in
	sizes 44-72, Levi's action slacks up to size 54. Their clothes
	are moderate to expensive, the quality is moderate to good. Will
	ship overseas. 

Plus Woman (formerly FSA Plus Woman)
	60 Laurel Haven
	Fairview, NC  28730
	Phone: 800-628-5525, 704-628-3562
	Web site:
	Each season they put out a catalog with a selection of fabrics
	and a selection of separates. You can get most separates in any
	fabric and specify inseam, length; sleeve length; neckline type,
	and so on. For my taste, the separates fabrics tend too much
	toward polyester and rayon and busy prints. One person writes:
	"I love their sizing--42" to 50" busts are small!" but complains
	they don't have much of a selection of petite sizes. They also
	carry shorts, stirrups, leggings, sweaters. Sizes 1X-8X. They do
	custom work with a one-time $10 pattern fee. Good quality. Good
	customer service and prompt delivery. 

Poley's Big & Tall
	Web site:
	Men's clothes up to 4XT and 8X.

Prescription Sportswear
	Phone: (800) 557-4478
	Web site:
	T-shirts with sportsfish designs up to 6X, 4XT.
	They have a picture of a skinny woman in a bikini (which they
	evidently don't sell) on their web page. Sigh.

Prairie Rose Lingerie
	New addresses:
	Vendredi Enterprises
	1030 E. El Camino Real #314 Sunnyvale, CA 94087
	PO Box 70817 Sunnyvale, CA 94086
	Phone: 408-739-4192
	Fax: 408-739-4192
	Catalog $10 (refunded with $50 order)
	Lingerie in sizes 40-46, variety of colors, fabrics, and
	styles. Large-size models.

Pretty Plus Plus
[single][New York][women][consignment]
	Madison Ave, around 90th St.
	Manhattan, NY
	Phone: (212) 427-4724
	Consignment store with good large-size clothing.  

Pretty Woman Plus
	Peoria, IL
	Good quality, somewhat expensive.  

[single][North Carolina][women][casual]
	Durham, NC
	Ethnic clothes up to size 24 or so.

	QVC (one of the home shopping television channels) offers
	high-quality clothing at (usually) good prices. The Forgotten
	Woman (see retail for women) hosts shows on QVC, as does August
	Max Woman. Other names sold include Le Chute, DVFurstenberg,
	etc. About 90% of the clothing lines they sell include plus
	sizes (3X == 26-28). They deliver within 5 working days and have
	a "no questions asked" 30-day money-back return. They also have
	large-size models working right alongside thin models. On the
	jewelry end of things, they usually offer rings up to size 10,
	and they occasionally have the longer bracelets. 

Queen Size Boutique
	Near the main Microsoft campus 
	Bellevue, Washington
	Some jeans, but much more stylish separates & dresses evening
	dresses. The type of sportswear one wears to work, not to work
	out. More upscale (hey, it's Bellevue) and more dressy than
	Kathleen's; also more in bras & non-wedding dressy & formal
	wear. Styles from casual to fashionable to elegant. Much
	clothing up to 26, but they do carry many styles in beyond that.
	If you wear super sizes, be sure to work the staff to find what
	you want in your size.

Queen of Hearts
	19 Merrick Ave.
	Merrick, NY 11566
	Phone: (516) 377-1357
	Catalogue $5
	Sizes 14-22/24

Rainy County Knit Wear
	PO Box 7852
	Everett, WA  98201-0852
	Phone: (206) 653-7189
	Custom-made sweaters.

	3740 East 34th St.
	Tuscon, AZ  85713-5305
	Phone orders: (800) 362-8420 
	Customer service: (602) 748-8600 
	Catalog $1
	Bras up to sizes F & G.  Connected with Intimate Appeal.

Repp Ltd. Big & Tall
	1492 Bluegrass Lakes Parkway
	Alpharetta, Georgia 30201
	Phone: 800-690-REPP 
	Fax: 800-225-6072
	Brand name men's careerwear and sportswear. Most items to size
	4XT and 6X; some items to 8X. Some shoes to size 16 EEEE.
	On the expensive side. (5/97)

Right Touch
	Mail returned 4/97

Ripley Custom Shirtmaker
	222 City Park Avenue
	New Orleans, LA  70119
	Phone: (504) 488-2288
	Fax: (214) 941-3340
        Web site:
	Manufacturer of upscale men's custom shirts (dress and western
	style). You send them $5 and they send you a "Shirting Packet."
	It contains measuring instructions, a tape measure, 100+ fabric
	samples and a brochure illustrating different pocket designs,
	cuffs, collars, etc. The $5 can be credited to your first order. 

	PO Box 8360
	Indianapolis, IN 46283-8360
	Phone: (800) 274-7130 (24 hour ordering)
	Sister company of Lane Bryant catalog. Sizes run larger than
	in LB. Women's sizes 38-60. Some unattractive pieces. Some random
	sexy pieces. Cute casuals. Nice coats. Swimsuits. See the Lane
	Bryant entry for more information. There have been complaints
	that Roaman's is unresponsive to the need for larger women's
	sizes, but at the same time they have offered men's clothing
	that is larger than the women's clothing they offer.

Rochester's Big & Tall Clothing
	There's a store in San Francisco, 1-415-982-6455.
	They sell, among other things, suits.

Rocky Mountain Clothing
	Phone: (800) 688-4449
	Call to find a location in your area where they sell this
	company's jeans and blouses. Currently sizes up to 26, soon up
	to 30.

	347 14th St.
	Oakland, CA  94612
	Phone: (510) 444-7472
	Fax (510) 444-4754
	Dresses, suits, lingerie, girdles and bustiers, gowns, hosiery,
	Danskin. Plus and supersizes. 

	Discount store (Midwest and West Coast) with selection of large
	sizes, 14-28. Selection can be spotty. 

Ross Unlimited
	366 Flat Shoals Ave., SE
	Atlanta, GA 30316
	Phone: (404) 522-4083
	If they don't have your size, they will custom-make clothing for
	you (such as jeans) if you purchase at least six of the item.
	Super-size underwear.

Royal Resources
	Vendredi Enterprises
	New address:
	1030 E. El Camino Real #314 Sunnyvale, CA 94087
	POBox 70817 Sunnyvale, CA 94086
	Phone: 408-739-4192
	Fax: 408-739-4192
	Information and source directory for large folks. Information
	on clothing, shoes, and much more. This is not a catalog, but
	a book -- cost is $29.95.

Royal Woman
	14 East 38th St.
	14th floor
	New York NY  10016
	Catalog $2.
	Women's sizes 14-46 in natural silks and cotton. Capes, dresses,
	blouses, sweaters, sleepwear.

Ruthie's Big Galz Boutique
	1307 First St.
	Napa, CA  94559
	Phone: (707) 255-7737, (800) 655-7738
	Fax: (707) 255-8789

Saks Fifth Avenue "Salon Z"
	Beautiful silk and cotton nightwear.

Sally's Place
	PO Box 1397
	Sausalito, CA  94966
	Phone: (415) 898-5683, (800) UR-SALLY
	Catalog $3.
	Sexy lingerie, up to size 4X (24W-26W). Bustiers, panties,
	stockings, garters, catsuits, French maid's outfits. Torso and
	back extenders. Some leather and swimwear. Some reports say it
	is expensive and some of their stuff is tacky. Others say that
	the items they've gotten were good quality, attractive, and
	reasonably priced. They use large models. They also sell out of
	their stock store in Novato.

Sara's Shoes
	5638 County Rd., #102
	Guffey, CO  80820
	Shoes, boots, and sandals made to your foot, ankle, and calf
	measurements. Very casual styles, Birkenstock-type foot shape.
	High-quality materials and work, very comfortable and durable.
	Prices run about $125-$250. May take several months to receive
	the finished shoes.

Sav-On Surplus
	Hawthorne St.
	Lawndale, CA
	Men's camping, outdoors, and regular clothes up to size 8X.
	Reasonable prices.
Says Who?
	Two locations:
	3903 Piedmont Ave.
	Oakland, CA 94611
	Phone: (510) 547-5181
	539 Bryant St.
	Palo Alto, CA  94301
	Phone: (415) 324-3511
	Catalog $1.
	Web site: (under construction)
	Very nice clothes. Somewhat expensive. Mostly casual. Some
	tall/large sizes.

Scarlet Crane
	PO Box 1931-R
	Sausalito, CA  94966
	Natural fiber clothing.

Seams to Fit
	6527 Telegraph Ave.
	Oakland, CA 94609
	Phone: (510) 428-9463
	Big dressing rooms. Responsible and honest. Great clothes, both
	consignment and new. Affiliated with Says Who? (see above).

	Phone: 800-948-8800 (catalog ordering)
	Web site:
	Several free specialty catalogs. Regular catalog sizes to
	women's 24, plus catalog sizes to women's 56 or men's 8X. Big
	and wide shoes. Apparel in stores goes to women's size 24. Mails
	within US only (but there is also a Sears Canada -- phone
	800-267-3277 in Canada for more information).

Semi Q Fashions
	Phone: (213) 623-9713

Sensual Adventures
	8967 Taft Street
	Pembroke Pines, Fl 33024
	Phone: 954-704-4114
	Fax 954-704-4113
	Thigh-high stockings, cat suits in many colors to 4x, pantyhose to
	5-6x, one-piece garter belt and stockings. Owner Alma will respond to
	customer requests.

	Indianapolis, IN

Sheer Mahogany
	3870 Crenshaw Blvd, #781
	Los Angeles, CA  90008
	Catalog $6.
	Lingerie up to 5X.

	340 Poplar St.
	Hanover, PA  17333-0069
	5 Avery Row
	Roanoke, VA  24012-8567
	Phone: (800) 852-2822
	As of spring 97, Silhouettes offers some items in sizes up to
	34. Some petites. Pricey, but good variety of stylish, young
	clothes. They often have items on back order, and the back orders
	take from 3 weeks to 3 months to fill. Service is reported to
	be prompt other than that. If you're in a hurry, this is probably
	not a great place to order from. They use thin models. There
	have been several complaints about their use of poor quality
	fabrics and clothing arriving with tears, stains, etc.

Sister Sister Ladies Plus Size Fashion	
	660 3rd St.
	San Francisco, CA  94107
	Phone: (415) 243-4392
	Outlet store, good prices, a little hit or miss.

Sizes Unlimited
	Mall store.
	One store: 1-215-365-0499
	Also called The Avenue in some malls. Owned by The Limited,
	which also owns the Lane Bryant stores. Casual to elegant clothing
	in sizes up to 32 and 4X. One woman says: "I'm 6'1" and usually
	wear a 30/32, I find a lot of stuff I can wear to work [...]
	shorter skirts, short dresses, and they even have some styles
	of pants in three different lengths." Pantyhose runs smaller.
	Fashionable. Large-size lingerie, underwear, petites, and proper
	denim jeans. Wide shoes sizes 6W-12W -- good selection of leather
	flats, some mid-size heels. Reasonably priced. Good sales.
	Merchandise is different from store to store.

Sizes Woman
	Pittsburgh, PA.
	Bright, beautiful clothes, nice clerks, reasonable prices.

The Smart Saver
	PO Box 105
	Wasco, IL  60183-0105
	Bras up to size 48DD.  Reasonably priced.  

Smart Size
	Salem, OR

SoHo Woman on the Park
[single][New York][women]
	32 West 40th Street
	New York, NY 10018
	Located in Manhattan. Carries sizes from 14 to 26. The clothes
	are reported to be "beautiful and unusual," "one-of-a-kind...
	non-restricting and in luscious fabrics that are especially
	designed and lot-dyed by the owner, Penny Healey."

	PO 182555
	Columbus, OH 43218-2555
	Automated order line: 800-448-7070 (must be current customer)
	New customer satisfaction: 800-474-5555
	Order questions: 800-706-7600
	Catalog requests: 800-345-4500
	Web site:
	They offer a line of midsize clothing for women called "For
	You." Their retail "For You" stores no longer exist. Some men's
	items to 2X. They use thin models.

Spencer's Gifts
	Mall store.
	Halloween costumes in plus sizes.

Stage Clothes USA
	Web site:
	Lingerie and sex toys for regular and plus-size women to 4X.
	Torso extenders (they snap onto the crotch area of a teddy and
	add 4"-6" length), choker extenders, and chain bra extenders.
	They use large models in the large-size section of their web

Stan's King Size Men's Shop
	7428 University Ave.
	La Mesa, CA 91941
	Phone: (619) 469-0336
	Some very large sizes.

Stormy Leather
	1158 Howard Street 
	San Francisco, CA 94103  
	Phone: (415) 626-1672
	Web site:
	Manufactures, wholesales, and retails fetish attire and sex
	toys. Leather, lingerie, and fetish wear in sizes to 6X (sizes
	run small -- 6x corresponds to 52-inch bust, 44-inch waist, and
	54-inch hips). Pricey and well made. A variety of other stores
	stock their merchandise; see their web site for more

Stout Men's Shop
	59 Temple Pl.
	Boston, MA
	Phone: (617) 542-5397
	Slacks on the rack up to 92". Swimsuits. Great selection.
	Worldwide mail order. Suits that go up to size 70 (and higher
	per order). 

Stuarts Plus 
	Mall store.
	Owned by the people who own Stuarts. Trendier and cheaper than
	Lane Bryant. 

Strom's Big & Tall Clothiers
	5801 San Pablo Ave.
	Oakland, CA
	Phone: (510) 653-3198
	Women's clothing (sizes 12-26) and men's clothing.

Styleplus Catalogue
	1201 North Dearborn Parkway 
	Suite 134 
	Chicago, IL 60610 
	Phone: (800) 34-STILE
	Beautiful lingerie, photographed on large models.

Sue Brett
	Dept. A
	Indianapolis, IN  46207
	Sportswear, dresses, lingerie, shoes, in misses' 10-24,
	women's 34-52, and half sizes.

Suits Me Swimwear
	2377 Deltona Blvd.
	Spring Hill, FL  34606
	Phone: (904) 666-1485
	Bathing suits designed to fit all sizes of folks. Easy to put on
	and take off -- They are tie-on wraparound swimsuits that can be
	fastened either as a one-piece suit or as a bikini. Four sizes:
	up to 60 lbs, 60-120 lbs, 120-250 lbs, and 250+ lbs.

Sula and the Snapdragon
	393 Commercial Street
	Provincetown, MA  02657
	Phone: (508) 487-7200
	Nice clothes up to 3X.

Suzanne Henri, Inc.
	PO Box 2399
	Appomattox, VA  24522
	Phone: (800) 634-2590
	No-underwire bras in a wide range of sizes up to 60MM. They use
	their own sizing system. The bras are very comfortable to wear,
	and never ride up or cut into the shoulders.

Sweet Cheeks 
	PO Box 7767
	Redlands, CA 92375
	Phone: (909) 792-7014
	Fax: (909) 792-5060 
	Original fun fashions, sizes 1X-6X.

Sweet Dreams Intimates
[single][New York][women][supersize][lingerie][swimwear]
	81 Route 111
	Smithtown NY 11787
	Phone: (516) 462-9097
	Bras 34B to 60H. Swimwear to 26. Lingerie sizes 1X-6X. 

Sweeter Measures
	PO Box 340
	819 Front St
	Gibbon, NE 68840
	Phone: (308) 468-5156
	Catalog $2.  
	Sizes up to 60 or 70. Some people find the quality good, some
	not so. May be a little pricey. They carry nurses' uniforms.
	They will custom-make clothing (for instance, a skirt to match a
	blouse or jacket they offer). 

Sylvia's Swimwear
	Stores in Bellevue and Seattle.

	Discount chain. Swimsuits up to about 24. Inexpensive.
	Reasonable selection of big and tall men's clothing (up to about

Today's Proud Women
	Mail returned 4/97

Today's Woman
	Chain of stores in Florida (mostly). They carry Exquisite Form
	bras, midsize clothing, and some accessories. Somewhat pricey,
	but the discount rack has bargains. Clothing ranges from
	sportswear to semi-formal. Swimsuits and a limited selection of
	lingerie. They use larger size models in their store

Triumph Hosiery Corporation
	2700 N. 29th Ave., Suite 105
	Hollywood, Florida 33020
	Phone: (954) 929-6021
	Fax: (954) 963-3344
	Web site:
	Largesse Hosiery for women size 160-450 lbs.

Two Sisters - Fashions for the Generous Figure
	Phone: (800) 343-9559
	Fax: (800) 343-9559 or (915) 580-7909
	Web site:
	Internet-only catalog. Clothing tends to be in polyester or poly
	blends and prints. Some clothing comes in petite sizes. Prices
	range from inexpensive to moderate. They use large-size models
	and give the model's height and the size she is wearing. 

Ulla Popken
	Towson Town Center, 4th floor
	825 Dulaney Valley Road
	Towson, MD  21204
	10610 Beaver Dam
	Hunt Valley, MD 21030
	Phone: (410) 494-8108, (800) 245-8552
	Fax: 410-329-1320
	Web site:
	Well-established German company trying to enter the American
	market. Sophisticated designs including career clothes, natural
	fibers (including Green Cotton, great for sensitive or allergic
	skin). Moderate to expensive. High quality. Some complaints
	about service and inaccurate sizing. "Many of their clothes have
	beautiful detailing that you can't see in the catalog pictures."
	They guarantee items of the same color will match. They make all
	their clothing themselves. Sizes to 28/30.

Uniquity Plus
	Out of business 4/97

Urban Basics
	The Seasons Mall
	Avon, CO
	Phone: (970) 845-7820
	Now carries sizes 14-26. Seems to specialize in denim items.

Valley Department Store
	245 N. Euclid Ave.
	Ontario, CA 91762
	Phone: (909) 984-8646
	Large selection, friendly staff, clothing and accessories.
	Women's clothing in 16-18 to 30-32W. Men's clothing to 10X
	shirts, pants up to about 64.

Vermont Country Store
	PO Box 3000
	Manchester Center, VT 05255-3000
	Phone: (802) 362-2400
	Web site:
	Slips, chafe shields, mumus, robes, float dresses. Sizes vary;
	some items to 28, most smaller. Good prices, good quality. They
	also sell 100% cotton mid-thigh panties which do a good job of
	preventing chafing and protecting stockings.

Village East at Gottschalks
	Most malls with Gottschalks have a Village East next door; it's
	their large women's department. Though the prices are a little
	steep, they have nice evening wear. Accessories but no shoes.
	Some undergarments (mostly slips) and granny nighties; no cute
	lingerie. Lots of separates.  

Vivian Young
	9291 Greenwich Dr
	Huntington Beach, CA 92615-8333
Votta's Wearable Art
	PO Box 243
	Wilmington, IL  60481
	Catalog $2 (refunded with first order)
	Large-size bangles and bracelets.

W & M's Fantasy Fashions
	5664 Sandylake-Polk Rd
	Sandylake, PA  16145
	Phone: (412) 376-7057
	Fax: (412) 458-7631
	Catalog $3.
	Lingerie and clothing up to size 4X.

	6310 Nancy Ridge Drive, #101 
	San Diego, CA 92121
	Phone: (800) 445-2209
	Men's and women's walking shorts and activewear up to 2XL.
	Tell them you want larger sizes!

	Some large size clothing up to 24 or 26, including lines by
	Richard Simmons and Kathie Lee. Inexpensive men's pants (cotton
	and polyester slacks, jeans) up to size 50.  Swimwear to size

[catalog][single][New Hampshire][swimwear]
	Riverview Mill
	Wilton, NH  03086
	Phone: (800) 321-SUIT
	Aquatic fitness wear, chlorine resistant fabric, sizes to 28.

We Be Bop
	Two locations:
	1903 Fillmore St.
	San Francisco, CA  94115
	Phone: (415) 771-7294
	1380 10th St., Berkeley 
	Kicky hip loose clothes, beautiful prints, up to size 4X. JW
	Ramage also sells some of their items.

Wedding Place
	Fort Wayne IN
	Boutique. One bride-to-be called them up to make an appointment
	and told them of her encounter with fatphobic salespeople at a
	local wedding chain. When she arrived for her appointment, a BBW
	saleswoman was waiting for her. She was very pleased with the

	141 Longwater Drive
	Norwell, MA 02061
	Phone: (800) 388-3300
	Fax: 800-436-3132 
	Web site:
	Work clothes, outdoors clothes, some casual clothing. Some of
	their stuff is available up to 5X.

Westport Woman
	Chain in California, possibly elsewhere.
	One in Folsom and one in Vacaville.
	Very nice clothes, from good blue jeans through handmade
	sweaters and good suits. Reasonable prices.

Wide and Comfortable
      Roseann and Joe Hall
	8021 SE Stark Street 
	Portland, Oregon, 97215 
	Phone: (503) 261-9222 
      	Web site:
      	T-Shirts to 12X, Henley's three button tab shirts to 8X and 10X.
	Sweats to 8X right now, looking at a company that goes to 12X.
	Shorts to 10x. Tank tops to 8X, in both mens and womens styles.
	Jersey Pants & Baggy pants. Jeans & Stretch jeans to 66 inches.
	Twill work pants to 74 inch waist. Custom sewing.

Willow Ridge
[casual] [career] [catalog] [midsize]
	421 Landmark Dr
	Wilmington, NC 28410
	Phone: (800) 388-8555, (800) 388-2012 customer service

Winter Silks
	2700 Laura Ln.
	PO Box 620130
	Middleton, WI  53562
	Phone: (800) 648-7455
	Web site:
	Silk long johns, shorts, robes, and so on. Some styles up to
	unisex (men's) 2X. A few styles up to women's 3X. Call and ask
	for more large sizes. 

Woman's World
	Mall store.
	They carry women's petites and sizes up to 26.

WorkAbles for Women
	Oak Valley
	Clinton, PA  15026-0214
	Phone: (800) 826-9317
	Cold weather wear up to size 20W or 22W. Call and ask for larger
	sizes. They sell, among other things, long underwear, polar
	pants, wind pants, and wool pants with access panels so that
	using the bathroom in the wilderness does not require baring

Vibrant Handknits USA
	Historic Savage Mill
	8600 Foundry St
	Savage, MD  20763
	Phone: (800) 765-KNIT
	High-quality art sweaters in sizes 16-28. Will do custom work.

XL Collection Plus
	Box 20511
	Rochester, NY  14602
	Fashion resource guide.

XTC Leather of NY Limited
	120 Nancy St., Unit E
	West Babylon, NY 11704
	Phone: (516) 643-3030
	Fax: (516) 643-3510
	Leather lingerie in sizes up to 3X. They are a wholesale
	operation and will not sell to individuals. You might be able to
	call them to see if anyone near you carries their stuff.
	"Quality is mediocre- to pretty decent, BUT their large-size
	body template wears a B cup and so *all* of their plus stuff
	comes in 1X, 2X, 3X B. This (obviously) doesn't work well for
	those of us in 40Ds."

Yellow Creek Originals
	Out of business 3/97.

Yoko Honda
	PO Box 35
	New York, NY 10018
	Phone: (212) 868-2050
	Washable A-line dress/caftans in four colors.

Zala Design
	Box 80018
	Minneapolis, MN  55408
	Phone: (612) 871-4809
	Catalog $2
	Leotards up to size 7X.


A2) What manufacturers make clothes/shoes/spectacles for large folks?


You can find these clothing lines in various retail stores and catalogs.

	Complaint of cheap manufacture.

Carole Little II
	Carol Little's large-size collection. Beautiful fabric, flowing
	cuts, nice colors. A little pricey. Well-made, and the dresses
	are quite long.

	Fancy "garden party" dresses up to 4X (sizes run large).

	Phone: (800) 87-DANSKIN
	Exercise clothing in sizes 1X-4X. Their clothes are well made
	and pretty and they use large-size models.

	Liz Claiborne's plus sizes line. Expensive, but good quality.
	Sizes 14-22. Also has some petites.

	Jeans that fit wonderfully and consistently across many styles
	up to size 44.

Fruit of the Loom
	100% cotton panties up to size 12. Also bras with large band
	and cup sizes.

Gilda Marx
	Phone: (800) 825-BODY
	Exercise clothing in sizes 1X-3X.

Goddess Bras
	Phone: (213) 629-2905 or (617) 569-3000
	Well-made, large-size bras. They have cotton bras without
	underwires up to about size 52DD. Good push-up bras, comfortable
	merrywidows. They've been actively soliciting NAAFA to find out
	what large women want in bras. They also make nursing bras
	(particularly recommended is Model 510).

Hanes Her Way
	Large size sweatpants and sweatshirts.  

	Good quality, heavy T-shirts up to size 6X.

Jockey for Her
	All-cotton underwear in three styles up to at least size 11.

Jones New York Woman
	Career wear.

Just My Size
	Underwear, socks, and pantyhose. Affiliated with L'Eggs. They
	also have their own catalog (see catalog section above). 

Kathy Lee Plus
	Carried at WalMart.

Lee Jeans 
	Tend to work well on figures with smaller waistlines, large
	hips. Sizes up to 28 or 30.

Marina Bridal
	Wedding dresses, priced reasonably ($350-$900 or so). Their
	headquarters is in NYC. You should be able to get a copy of
	their catalog (about 20 styles) by calling local bridal shops. 

No Nonsense
	Women like their plus-size pantyhose, which goes up to 4X, feels
	soft against the skin, and doesn't bag because of lycra in the
	fabric blend. They are getting harder to find.

Richard Simmons
	Carried at WalMart.

Sharon Anthony

Two Potato


You can find these clothing lines in various retail stores and catalogs.

Dolphin Swimwear

Levi's Jeans and Action Slacks
	Large-size button-fly 501s. The Action Slacks apparently wear
	like iron, wash well, and never need to be ironed.


Luxottica makes large-size frames for men. They make metal frames in XXL
sizes, and have 170mm custom temples. Also look for Zyloware frames.
Most companies do carry large-size frames; have the optical tech look in
the Frames book for listings of large frames.


Easy Spirit (reported very long lasting even for supersize people)
Ecco (made in Denmark)
Hush Puppies "Bounce"
Nordstrom's store brand
Soft Spots


Cuddler's (available at K-Mart)
New Balance
Red Wings
SAS (hiking boots)
Sorel's (winter boots -- proper mountaineering boots)
Wolverine (hiking boots)


A3) Where can I find a wedding dress?

You can probably buy a wedding dress in a regular bridal store -- many
stores carry large sizes, and almost all stores can order them. They may
have only a limited selection of sizes in stock for you to try on, so
you may have to use your imagination to figure out how the dress would
look on you in particular. Sometimes just putting your arms through the
dress and holding it in front of you will give you an idea of what it
would be like. 

Note that wedding dress designers do not size their dresses
consistently. Some call a dress with measurements of 46-36-36 a size 42;
yet another may say a size 42 has measurements of 50-40-50. Many
national bridal designer's "measurements to size" descriptions are at
this web site:

It's also very common to have dresses tailored once they arrive. (This
is common even for women who wear smaller sizes -- often they can't try
on the dress in their particular size, so when it arrives it needs to be
taken in or let out.) If the dress turns out to be too small, they can
split the side seam of the bodice and sew in a few inches of extra
fabric. This is hardly noticeable, even when you are looking for it.
They may be able to get lace trim that matches the rest of the dress and
use that to make it even less obvious.

Also, nearly all bridesmaid's dresses go to at least size 24, and some
go larger. Many of these dresses are fairly formal and can be ordered in
white or off-white, so may work as a wedding dress.

You may want to look through some of the bridal magazines -- many of the
advertisers list what sizes they make.  Also look through bridal books.
*Bridal Bargains* by Denise and Alan Fields lists which sizes various
manufacturers make. They have a Web page where they make available
updates to their books:
In December '96, they'll be putting another book out called *The Bridal
Gown Guide*, in which they'll print the size charts of major designers
along with style numbers and suggested retail prices.

Search for "[wedding]" in section A1, the big list of clothing stores,
to find stores and catalogs that carry wedding dresses. 

Here are some manufacturers who make large-size wedding dresses: 

Alfred Angelo 
	Phone: (800) 528-3589 or (215) 659-8700
	Makes 18-20 and 38-44. Both cost extra but their gowns are
	relatively cheap.  

Ange D' Amour 
	Phone: (800) 288-3888.
	Through size 20. 

	Phone: (800) 669-2346.
	Through size 20.  
	Phone: (714) 961-8884 
	Makes a line called "Essence by Esther," gowns to size 44 (costs

Bridal Originals 
	Phone: (800) 876-GOWN or (312) 467-6140
	To size 30 (encourages stores to carry large size samples!)  

Carmi Couture 
	Phone: (212) 921-7658
	Through size 20 (extra charge).  

	Large-size "garden-party" dresses that can double as wedding

Diamond Collection 
	Phone: (212) 302-0210
	Through size 20 ($100 extra).  

Designer at Heart, Inc. 
	Megan Moser Rosenhart 
	Phone: (800) 462-4889
	Custom-designs bridal gowns -- "traditional and non-traditional
	styles, from lace to leather, all sizes." 

	Phone: (818) 441-8715  
	Petites through 20-32 (extra charge). Bridal Bargains gave these
	guys 4 stars!

Eve of Milady 
	Phone: (212) 302-0050
	Through size 20. $100 extra for 18-20.

	Phone: (212) 921-5683
	Through size 20.  Extra 10% for 18-20.  

	Phone: (212) 564-1020
	Through 20, extra charge for 18-20.

Ginza Collection/Private Label by G 
	Phone: (800) 654-7375
	Through 42 (extra charge of $100).  

	Phone: (212) 967-5222
	Through 20, 18-20 are $60 extra.  

	Phone: (800) BRIDAL-1
	Through size 30. 16-20 cost $30 extra. 22-30 are $70 extra.  

	Phone: (708) 519-7778
	To size 44 (extra charge).  

Jessica McClintock 
	Phone: (800) 333-5301 or (415) 495-3030
	A few gowns through size 24.  

Jim Hjelm 
	Phone: (212) 764-6960
	Through size 20. 18-20 are $150 extra.   

	Phone: (800) 258-7944 or (818) 282-4326
	Through 26. $70 extra for 22-26.  

	Through 20. $160 extra for 18-20.

	Phone: (713) 933-9678
	Through size 30.  

Mon Cherie 
	Phone: (609) 530-1900
	Has sizes 18-20 and 38-44, $20 or $40 extra.  

	Phone: (708) 884-7199
	Sizes through 44 (extra charge).  

Mori Lee 
	Phone: (212) 947-3490
	Some designs available through size 42 for extra charge.

San Martin 
	Phone: (213) 257-5333
	Some styles available through 44.  

St. Pucchi 
	Phone: (214) 631-4039
	Through 20, 18-20 extra 20%.  

	Phone: (212) 868-7536
	Through 44 (and keeps all sizes in stock).  

Wallentin Collection
	Phone: (800) 925-5954
	Silk wedding gowns. Can custom make any gown to fit any size
	woman. Ask for Catherine.


A4) Where can I find sewing/knitting patterns?

Ana's Accoutremonts
	Custom fitted patterns of period costumes. See entry above.

Beautiful Babes
	6705 N. Seneca
	Portland, OR  97203
	Phone: (503) 286-1119
	Catalog $2.
	Easy-to-sew collection of patterns for dresses, blouses,
	blazers, pants, ponchos, jackets, swimwear, lingerie, and more.
	Sizes 38-72. A poster writes: "Laura, the owner, is real nice
	and we discussed fitting problems etc etc and the dress I made
	from her pattern is wonderful. They also have programs now where
	you can make your own patterns from an ibm compatible computer.
	They run $100-150." and "Laura's patterns are mostly casual." 

Bellamy Manufacturing
	222 N. 11th St
	Clarksville, TN  37040
	Phone: (615) 645-8249
	Catalog $4.
	Patterns for nice careerwear with skirts or pants. Maternity
	patterns also available. Sizes 22-62 average and tall. Can
	special-order sizes 64-70.

*Big Knits*, *Great Big Knits*
	Big Knits ISBN: 0-7126-5097-0. Vermont: Trafalgar Square Publishing
	Two books by Dawn French and Sylvie Soudan containing knitting
	patterns for large-size women. Patterns go from very simple,
	classic designs, to very complex intarsias. Proper large-size

	The rec.crafts.textiles.sewing newsgroup has a fantastic FAQ
	about underwire and regular bras. If you're interested in
	making your own bras and lingerie, check it out:

The Busy Woman's Fitting Book
	Nancy Zieman and Robbie Fanning
	Nancy's Notions/Open Chain Publishing ISBN: 0-932086-10-1, $9.95
	Provides instructions on how to alter patterns to fit you.

	GLP International
	PO Box 9868
	Englewood, NJ  07631-1123
	Phone: (212) 736-7455 or (201) 871-1010
	Large size patterns. Their magazine, *Burda Fashions for the
	Fuller Figure* (or Burda Plus?), has patterns up to size 34W.
	One person reports: "Burda is very true to their sizing, and
	they make patterns for up to size Euro60. The have all sorts of
	interesting patterns, with unusual (nifty cool) detailing.  I
	find that I have to do mucho fewer adjustments to make these
	patterns fit my narrow chest, big boobs, sloping shoulders,
	bottom-heavy apple-pear shape." Another writes: "I had stayed
	away from them because of the added seam and hem allowances, but
	now they are adding them in for you. They have some really nice,
	classic styles." 

	Some patterns in sizes up to 32. Now carrying new Delta Burke
	line -- some pretty styles in larger than 22's.

Computer packages for sizing patterns
	A number of companies make programs that print out customized
	patterns. You pick the basic pattern and enter the measurements
	of the person the garment is intended for, and it spits out a
	pattern. Some of these are:
	LivingSoft (also known as Dress Shop)
		PO Box 970
		Janesville, CA 96114
		Phone: (800) 626-1262
		Available for IBM, in the works for Macintosh.
	Fittingly Sew
		Available for IBM

D'ates D'signs
	3430 Robin Lane, Suite B
	Cameron Park, CA  95682
	Great wearable art patterns for coats, dusters, and shirts.

Dressmaker's dummies
	Dressmaker's dummies are available in plus sizes. Your local
	fabric shop may carry them or should be able to order them.

Fairchild Books and Videos
	7 West 34th St
	New York, NY  10001
	Fashion designs for the plus size.

Fitting Finesse
	Nancy Zieman
	Book that explains how to alter patterns so that you can make
	clothes that fit you right from patterns made for small people. 

Great Fit Patterns
	2229 NE Burnside, Suite 305
	Gresham, OR   97030
	Phone: (503) 665-3125
	Catalog $1 
	Sewing patterns, career, casual, separates, sweats, exercise,
	uniforms and lingerie. Patterns in women's sizes 38-60. Nice

Hattie Chanon
	Design Center of Charlotte
	1235-E East Blvd, #222
	Charlotte, NC  28203

Large-size patterns
	List of commercially available sewing patterns for big men
	(chest size 48" to 52", 56" or 68"). 

	Some of their patterns go up to size 50.

PAW Prints Pattern Company
Purrfection Artistic Wearables
	19618 Canyon Drive
	Granite Falls Washington 98252
	Phone: 800 691 4293 
	Web site:
	11 patterns that go up to a 3XL (bust 54 hip 56) and there are 2
	new patterns that go up to a 5XL (bust 62 hip 64). Reports:
	"I've made a kimono type jacket from one of their patterns in a
	4X (I generally wear a size 30-32) and the only alteration I did
	was to lengthen it." "These patterns are more 'fun' than
	conventional but there are some fairly unique things that I've
	never found elsewhere." 

Pijin-Hole Patterns
	804 Forest Park Blvd.
	Fort Worth, TX  76102-5805
	Phone: (817) 338-0025

	Web page:
	Their patterns go up to size 32W in two lines -- BBW and HOAX.
	HOAX is meant to be for different body types. Their sizing guide
	may run too large. They also have a multi-sized (1X-6X) pattern
	for men for a shirt and a pair of pants. Clothes made from their
	patterns are attractive and come out beautifully. New Look is
	also part of Simplicity.

Stretch and Sew
	Web page:
	One person reports "Stretch and Sew is good for those who are
	not one size all over." They are featuring a new line of plus
	size patterns, one of which is called Rita's Wardrobe (see Rita
	Farrow's *Life Is Not a Dress Size* in the Publications FAQ).
	The patterns include sizes 1X-3X (46-56 bust, 48-58 hip) in each
	design. Besides the wardrobe, there are eight separate designs
	in the collection, including pants, dresses, and a jacket. 

	Some large-size patterns

Unique Patterns
	Phone: (800) 543-4739
	Over 130 personalized patterns, no size limits.

Vogue Woman
	Dowdy, boring, waistless patterns.


A5) How do I convert between sizes?

Here are some conversions between European, U.K., and U.S. sizes:

Women's dresses and suits
	For U.S. size, subtract 2 from U.K. size.
	For U.S. size, subtract 30 from European size.
	(UK 28 = US 26 = Euro 56)

Women's shoes
	For U.S. size, add 1.5 to U.K. size.
	(UK 8 = US 9.5)

Men's suits and coats
	U.K. and U.S. sizes are the same.
	For U.S. size, subtract 10 from European size.
	(UK 56 = US 56 = Euro 66)

Men's shirts
	U.K. and U.S sizes are the same.

Men's socks
	U.K. and U.S. sizes are the same.
Men's shoes
	For U.S. size, add 1 to U.K. size. 
	(UK 10.5 = US 11.5)


SECTION B: Information about this FAQ

B1)     Are there other related FAQs?

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      	Organizations for Big Folks 
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      	Other Resources for Big Folks 

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      	Research on Big Folks 
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