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Subject: [soc.support.fat-acceptance,alt.support.big-folks] Clothing for big folks in the UK

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Archive-name: fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/uk Posting-Frequency: monthly to *.answers,bi-weekly to soc.support.fat-acceptance and alt.support.big-folks Last-modified: January 31, 1999 Version: 2.4 URL: http://home.sol.no/~geirerni/Alexandra/faq_uk.htm Copyright: (c) 1998 Alexandra Nielsen Maintainer: Alexandra Nielsen <zandra@online.no>
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Clothing for Big Folks: UK This document contains information about clothing for fat people in the UK. If you don't find what you're looking for here, try one of the related FAQs (see question B1 for a complete list). - -------------------------------------------------------------------- Changes from last version: Added Sizedwell. Section A2, part 2. The most up-to-date copy of the FAQ is kept in HTML format. The URL is: http://home.sol.no/~geirerni/Alexandra/faq_uk.htm - -------------------------------------------------------------------- Contents SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the UK A1) How do I know what size I am, and how do I convert between sizes? A2) Where can I find clothing catalogues? Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women Part 2) Clothing catalogues for men Part 3) Unisex or miscellaneous clothing catalogues A3) Where can I shop for clothes? Part 1) Retail clothing for women Part 2) Retail clothing for men A4) Where can I find bridal wear? A5) Where can I find underwear? A6) Where can I find sewing/knitting patterns? A7) Are there any web pages about UK clothing for big folks? A8) Where can I find shoes for big feet? SECTION B: Information about this FAQ B1) Are there other related FAQs? B2) Posting information B3) Availability of the FAQ B4) Contributors - -------------------------------------------------------------------- - -------------------------------------------------------------------- SECTION A: FAQ about clothing for big folks in the UK A1) How do I know what size I am, and how do I convert between sizes? Here are some conversions between general European, UK, and US sizes: Women's dresses and suits UK size is 2 more than US European size is 30 more than US i.e., UK 28 = US 26 = Euro 56 Women's shoes UK sizes are 1.5 less than US i.e., UK 8 = US 9.5 Men's suits and coats UK sizes are the same as US European sizes are 10 more than US/UK i.e., UK 56 = US 56 = Euro 66 Men's shirts UK sizes are the same as US i.e., UK 20 = US 20 Men's socks UK sizes are the same as US i.e., UK 10.5 = US 10.5 Men's shoes UK sizes are 1 less than US i.e., UK 10.5 = US 11.5 For better guidelines, here are the measurements for women's sizes in the UK. If your figures differ, please pass them on to the FAQ maintainer. Women's Sizes Sizes 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 BUST 35" 37" 39" 41" 43" 45" 47" 49" 51" 53" HIP 36" 38" 40" 42" 44" 46" 48" 50" 52" 54" For bra sizes, measure yourself over a bra, and make the following two measurements: 1) Measure around the body directly under the bust. If odd, add 5"; if even, add 4". This is your bra size. 2) Measure around the fullest part of your bust. The difference between 2) and your bra size is your cup size. A B C D DD E F FF G CUP SIZE 0" 1" 2" 3" 4" 5" 6" 7" 8" - -------------------------------------------------------------------- A2) Where can I find clothing catalogues? Also check the list of shops. Some of them do mail order. Part 1) Clothing catalogues for women All Woman Unit 7, Clegge Street Workshops, Clegge Street, Warrington WA2 7AT tel. 01925 652938 swimwear, leggings, bodies, aerobic wear etc. sizes 26-36+, also made-to-measure service available Ambrose Wilson tel. 0800 262717 sizes up to 26 Big Dept YES! 12 The Shaw Barn Whitesmith Nr. Lewes East Sussex BN8 6JD tel. 01825 873111 sizes 16-38; please send A4 SAE for catalogue The Big Idea Doreen Knight, 19 School Rd, Durrington, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 8HJ tel. 01980 652773 size 16+ knitwear by mail order size 28+ a speciality write or phone for a brochure Candid 53 Dale Street Manchester M60 6ES Orders: 0161 236 9911 Enquiries: 0161 236 5511 Open 7 days a week, from 8am to 9pm UK local time. Casual, work, evening/party outfits. Also lingerie. Small catalogue, but great styles, up to 26 Classic Combination tel. Freephone 456 654 sizes mostly up to 26 Delia Marketing Ltd 24 Craven Park Rd, London NW10 4AB tel. 0181 965 8707 underwear up to large sizes ring for a free catalogue Elegance tel. 0115 9678 123 swimwear and coverups up to size 24 Fashion Extra Fashion World Ltd. and also JD Williams at this address/phone 53 Dale St. Manchester M60 6ES orders: 0161 236 9911 queries: 0161 236 5511 Lines are open 8am to 9pm 7 days a week. Fashion World Ltd sell reasonably priced interesting clothes sizes 10-30, and JD Williams sell practical and stylish clothes, plus useful products for older or disabled people Fine Figures 8 Nazeing Glassworks Estate, Broxbourne Hertfordshire tel. 01992 442974 sizes 16-36; dresses, separates, lingerie, rainwear, bridalwear; send SAE for full details Joyce Mustow 1 Low Seaton, Workington, Cumbria CA14 1PP tel. 01900 604759 pure wool casual knitwear, machine knitted to order, sizes 16-32 prices from 15 pounds Leah Extremes Leah House 55A Chadwick Road Peckham London SE15 4RA tel. 0171 639 1653 day wear, easy care fabrics, affordable, any size catered for, phone for brochure Long Tall Sally Mail Order Dept., Unit B, Pioneers Industrial Park Beddington Farm Park, Croydon CR0 4XB tel. 0181 689 9000 clothes for the taller woman, size 12-20 (also see Part 3 for specialist catalogues, and those catering to both sexes) Part 2) Clothing catalogues for men Atlas Kingsize 197-199 Cricklewood Broadway London NW2 3HS Tel: 0181 450 6556 or 0181 452 0541 Fax: 0181 450 9292 George Deakin & Sons Fore Street Redruth Cornwall 01209 2162222 Georges http://www.georges.u-net.com We are an established menswear shop in Chester, UK and have catered solely for big men for the past 12 years. Our size ranges run up to about 62" chest (larger in some items) and 68" waist and up to 23" collar in shirts. We also stock a range of kingsize shoes, boots, and socks. Some mail order is possible. Greenwoods Greenwoods (Menswear) Ltd. White Cross Guiseley Leeds West Yorkshire LS20 8ND Help desk tel: 01943 876100 Website: http://www.greenwoodmenswear.ltd.uk Email: sales@greenwoodsmenswear.aol.com Greenwoods have a new Mansize range which caters for gentlemen up to 20" collar, and 54" chest and waist, unfortunately we no longer do a catalogue so we are always looking for new ways to target our mansize customer and we believe that the Big folks web site is a great way to get information about ourselves to the very people we are trying to reach. High and Mighty Head Office, The Old School House, High Street, Hungerford Berkshire, RG17 0NF, UK. Tel: 01488 684666 Fax: 01488 684912 Orders: Freephone 0800 521542 Also a chain. Osbornes Fore Street Beer Devon 01297 24028 Part 3) Unisex or miscellaneous clothing catalogues Cocoon Macdonald Originals, Trade Centre Lomond Industrial Estate Alexandria, Strathclyde G83 0TL tel. 01389 55511 manufacturer with factory shop, also mail order any size, any length made to order Flamedragon Minns Farm, Ranworth Road, Blofield Heath, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 4PW tel. 01603 714378 Web site: http://www.ncsl.co.uk/flame.html please send 50p in stamps for a catalogue attractive belts in larger sizes Sizedwell Sizedwell Clothing Club P.O.Box 2037 unit 26 Lychgate Ind Est Rayleigh Essex SS6 7BY TEL: 01268 773928 FAX: 07070 663928 MOBILE: 0976 413 858 Mostly men's clothes, but some are unisex. Carries clothes up to 72" chest and 60" waist. The type of clothes that I sell are more casual and workwear, some fashionable, but at a reasonable prices. We sell our garments by mail order at the moment, but we will be opening a shop in the next few weeks in Rayleigh for general retail. JD Williams 53 Dale Street Manchester M60 6ES Orders: 0161 236 9911 Enquiries: 0161 236 5511 Open 7 days a week, from 8am to 9pm UK local time. Practical clothes for both sexes, also stylish clothes. Also has useful products for older or disabled people. - -------------------------------------------------------------------- A3) Where can I shop for clothes? Part 1) Retail clothing for women In this section, I have tried to include the name of the county where the shop is located, to make it easier to use a search to find shops local to you. 16+ 34 West Street, Conisborgh, Nr. Doncaster Yorkshire DN12 3JR tel. 01709 369832 sizes 16-30 at affordable prices 1647 Ltd. 69 Gloucester Avenue London NW1 8LD 0171 722 1647 0171 483 0733 Catalogue 1 pound. Open 10-6, Mon-Sat. London shop that sells clothing in sizes 16 - 47. Skirts, trousers, dresses come in two lengths. Handmade. Slightly expensive but well-made and tailored to large women, not just sized-up. So called because at some point 47% of British women were a size 16 or over. Founded and owned by Dawn French. Collection in Littlewoods mailorder catalogues (phone 0800 600 400 to get a catalogue) 18+ Dress Agency 48 Headley Street, Maidstone Kent ME14 5AD tel. 01622 759778 good quality second-hand clothes and accessories, size 18 and over. Open Sat 10an-4pm or ring for appointment Above Average 12 The Parade, St. Mary's Place, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1UR tel. 01743 366625 sizes 16+; contemporary, unusual, wearable, affordable And.Y.Not 58 Evelyn Drive, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 4RR tel. 0956 280215 16+ clothing for the young fashion-conscious fuller figure house parties of appointment Aquarius 39/41 Wellington Rd Ashton-on-Ribble Preston Lancashire tel. 01772 728069 sizes up to 60" hip please telephone Louise for a brochure B B's 7 Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone, Kent tel. 01622 688575 sizes 16-26 Base 55 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden London WC2H 9DG tel. 0171 240 8914 Small shop with expensive clothing, but not just for the "middle-aged" look Basically Black 1 The Strand, opp. Town Hall, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 1NX tel. 01253 751110 sizes 16-32 mother of bride/groom outfits Becoming Chain: to find your nearest branch look under Maternity in the Yellow Pages or tel. 01793 537905 sizes 8-32 maternity wear Beige 5 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8JR tel. 0181 4551122 small shop, expensive Belks and Dillards South Square, Durham Blake House 2A Earsham Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1AG tel. 01986 893131 sizes 16-34+, distinctive clothes, friendly service Big Ideas, Edinburgh Business Centre, 11 Maritime Street, Leith, Edinburgh Scotland EH6 6SB tel. 0131 555 2939 two shops, one stocking Jacques Vert Plus, the other stocking German and Scandinavian clothes plus the JB collectables range from America alternative address 96 & 116 West Bow, Grassmarket, Edinburgh Scotland EH1 2HH tel. 031 226 2532 Big Impressions 93 High Street, Haverhill Suffolk CB9 8AN tel. 01440 712830 sizes 14-36 Big is Beautiful 164 Rush Green Rd, Romford, Essex RM7 0GH tel. 01708 745379 sizes 14-34+ Big Tops 20/21 The Variety Centre The Maltings St. Alban's Hertfordshire also Units 101/102 Indoor Market St. George's Way Stevenage, Hertfordshire tel. 01708 441252 Separates sizes 16-32 and Party Plan Buy and Large 4 Holbein Place, Slone Square London SW1 W8NP tel. 0171 730 6534 Small expensive shop catering mostly for middle-aged tastes. Blouses, skirts, dresses, coats mostly. C & A Chain: branches all over the country a plus range of clothing up to size 26 Capella Collections 32 Clytha Park Road, Newport Gwent NP9 4NZ tel. 01633 220082 beautiful clothes for any occasion, sizes 14-28, exclusive model hats for hire/sale Catherine Fenez Ltd 15 Broad Street, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AR tel. 01692 734116 sizes 8-26 Chapel Gallery 111 High Street, Riseley, Bedfordshire MK44 1DF tel. 01234 708604 sizes 16-24 in beautiful gallery shop Cherry's 10 Mayport Road Lady Mary Estate Cardiff South Glamorgan Wales CF2 5JX tel. 01222 757048 Claire's 18-32 10 College Street, St. Helens Merseyside WA10 1TD tel. 01744 29303 Claire's 26-40 Plus Unit D5, Moor Lane Nusiness Centre Moor Lane Widnes Cheshire WA8 7AQ tel. 0151 495 2500 factory shop open 10.30-4.30, Tue-Sat shirts from 15 pounds, gored skirts from 12 pounds Clothes by Jane John Mayfield Studio, Crowthorne, Berkshire RG11 7JE tel. 01344 771625 sizes 16-30 open Mon 10-4 or by appointment The Coach House Clark Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV3 9NW tel. 01902 710783 sizes 14-26 Coffee and Creme 12 Moneyhill Parade, Uxbridge Rd, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 2BE tel. 010923 770471 sizes 8-26 Contrasts 29 Worcester Rd Malvern, Worcestershire tel. 01684 568858 sizes 10-24 The Different Approach 123 Poole Rd, Westbourne Bournemouth Dorset BH4 9BG British/foreign to size 28, inc 5' 2", rainwear, alterations East-gate Fashions 3 Eastgate Lincoln Lincolnshire LN2 1GA tel. 01522 521125 sizes 12-20 Elaine 29 Beehive Lane, Redbridge, Ilford, Essex tel. 0181 554 9990 sizes 14-30; mail order facility available Elaine Fashions Ltd 80 Bedford Place, Southampton Dorset tel. 01703 228242 sizes up to 26, as well as matching hats Emma Plus 16 Church Street Brighton East Sussex BN1 1RB tel. 01273 327240 URL http://www.webmaker.co.uk/emmaplus/ email emmaplus@webmaker.co.uk sizes 18-30, designer fashions from around the world Encore 19 London Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7JT tel. 01625 582024 sizes 16-26 Etam Plus Chain: branches within Etam shops. Jubilee House, 197-213 Oxford Street, London W1 tel. 0171 493 4004 sizes 16-24 Elvi Chain. Also branches within some Lewis' department stores clothing size 14+ Evans Chain. Web page at http://www.evans.ltd.uk/ stocks cheap clothing size 16-32. Lots of casuals, some office-wear, some glamorous things around Christmas. Also stocks tights and swimsuits. Everywoman 72 Worcester Street, Wolverhampton West Midlands WV2 4LE tel. 01902 711989 specialists in ladies fashions, sizes 10-30+ Exelle 22 Frodsham Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3JL tel. 01244 400623 and Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AP tel. 01625 539403 Exelle 87b Low Petergate, York Yorkshire YO1 2HY tel. 01904 613260 sizes 16-26 Exelle (Stratford) 6 The Minories off Henley Street Stratford upon Avon Warwickshire CV37 6NF tel. 01789 296103 sizes 16-26 affordable occasionwear to daywear Exelle Clothes Cambridge Walks, Off Eastbank Stret, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1EZ tel. 01704 501118 sizes 16-26 Extra Elegance 10 Lindow Parade, Off Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5JL tel. 01625 525402 sizes 16-28 Extra Special 22-24 Hospital Street Nantwich Cheshire tel. 01270 626611 sizes 14-30 Extra Special 2 Chipping Court, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8ES tel. 01666 505474 sizes 18-28 Fabrics and Fashions 21 High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NP tel. 01803 863314 fabrics, clothes to measure (visit in person), any size Fashele Modes 205 Whittington Roa, London N22 4YW tel. 0181 881 0963 daywear and separates for all ages, sizes 12-30 Fashion Affair 7 The Green, Westerham, Kent tel. 01959 564486 sizes 10-24 Fitting Image 201 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1LA tel. 01689 898292 beautiful clothes for those size 16 and over quality alteration service available Florentyna Dawn 327 London Rd Hazel Grove Stockport Cheshire SK7 4PS tel. 0161 487 1679 beautiful occasion wear up to size 28 10% discount for YES! readers Fuller Figures 15A London Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG12 1NT tel. 01256 842772 sizes 14-30 "beautiful clothes for all ages at affordable prices" Georgia Brown 3 Brown Street, Burnley, Lancashire tel. 01282 420775 sizes 16-30 Harringtons, 129 The Broadway Mill Hill London NW7 4RN tel. 0181 959 2312 fax. 0181 906 4823 size 16-30 Harry Arens / Harry Aarons / Arens (?) 3 Lyndhurst Rise, Chigwell Essex IG7 5BB tel. 0181 500 8227 sizes 14-28; party evening wear and separates; Mon/Tues Hechts Crabtree Mall, Durham House of Fraser Schneberger range at: Cavendish House, Cheltenham within Kendals, Manchester within D.H.Evans, Oxford Street, London within Dickins and Jones, Regent Street, London within Rackhams (West Midlands) sizes 18-26 Image Plus 212 Hallgate, Cottingham, Hull, Humberside tel. 01482 875578 sizes 16-26+ Inextenso 43 Queens Road, Sheen, London SW14 tel. 0181 876 6765 sizes 16-28 Jacksons Ltd. Kings Road Reading Berkshire tel. 01734 574477 sizes up to 26, in makes such as Toddy and Finn Karelia agents for Norman Linton (catalogue order) Jane Jordan 10 High Street Kingston-upon-Thames Surrey KT1 1EY tel. 0181 541 0155 sizes 10-24; special occasion wear Jill's Fashions 10A Burgate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2HG tel. 01227 464203 sizes 14-26, also underwear John Neville 5 Club Row Bethnal Green London E1 6JX tel. 0171 739 8936 sizes 16-30; day dresses, co-ordinates, cocktail and evening dresses, wedding occasion outfits Juno's Fashions 76b Hare Lane, Farncombe, nr Godalming, Surrey GU7 3EF tel. 01483 429021 sizes 16-30 Just Janice 275 High Road, Loughton Essex IG10 1AH tel. 0181 508 8882 (just off junction 26 on the M25) outfits for every occasion; alterations service available; sizes 16-30 Ken Smith Designs, 6 Charlotte Place, London W1P 1AQ tel. 0171 631 3341 sizes 16 to 30+ coasts, dresses, separates and evening wear. also make-to-measure Kudos 8 Jaxons Court Hallgate Wigan Lancashire WN1 1LR tel. 01942 825010 sizes 16+; classics, casuals, knitwear, suits Lady of West Wickham 57 High Street West Wickham Kent tel. 0181 777 4596 sizes 10-26 Lady Bountiful Upper ground level, 40 King Street West, Manchester tel. 0161 834 0043 Manchester's only city-centre shop specialising in exclusive good quality clothes for sizes 18-30 Large & Lovely 30 Burlington St, Chesterfield. tel. 01246 221165 ladies fashion, sizes 16-32 (including light jackets, but no winter coats) Large and Luscious `In-shops' South Mall, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, Edmonton, London N6 0TT tel. 0958 293898 sizes 16-32, they aim to make you look good in affordable fashion Larger Options 38A Queens Rd, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 5JX tel. 01203 642474 sizes 18-30+, fashionable, affordable Larger than Life 3 Mortlake Terrace, Mortlake Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3DT tel. 0181 332 6506 and evening wear. also make-to-measure shop or mail order, sizes 14-24 Lorraine's Fashion Plus 148 Sheffield Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 1JH tel. 01226 249637 sizes 16-34 Mabel James 4-6 Cross Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire tel. 01924 291711 not a shop specifically for large sizes, but they've recently opened an 18+ department, stocking size 18-26 Madeline 40 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TH4 8AU tel. 01892 525028 extensive stock sizes 12-30 personal attention and expert alterations Marks and Spencers Chain: branches nationwide up to size 24/26 in underwear, limited range of clothing up to size 24 Margaret Ann, Milestone COttage, Tytherington, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7AE tel. 01985 840520 specialist underwear, nightwear, swimwear in fullest range of sizes. Also mastectonomy, maternity and bridal Mary Mary 87 Great Western Road, Glasgow Scotland G4 9AH tel. 0141 333 9329 Maseys 1 St. Andrew's St, Plymouth Devon PL1 2AH tel. 01752 222141 sizes 18-28, British + European collections Maximus, 33 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BN tel. 0181 299 6761 fax 0181 299 6561 sizes 18-28 Maximus 418 Croydon Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EP tel. 0181 663 6133 sizes 16-28 special occasion, casual, evening, knitwear etc. MB Fashions St. Marks Lane Newark, Nottinghamshire opening SOON! (before December, hopefully) a shop run by Barry and Marie, contact barry@ssl1.demon.co.uk sizes 14-32, they aim for quality clothing at reasonable prices Mish Mash 10 High Road Wood Green London N22 6DX tel. 0181 889 7256 Narda Fashion Studios 67-68 High Street Oxford Oxfordshire OX1 4BA tel. 01865 793082 "We fashion clothes for the woman whose beauty is determined, not by the perfection of one or a few attributes she may possess, but by the whole of her original purpose." stunning flowing original designs in all (yes, all) sizes in beautiful fabrics; also silk embroidered jewellery Nemesis Ducie House Ducie Street/Peak Street Manchester M1 2JW tel. 0161 236 3858 exclusive British designs, 2 mins. from Piccadilly station Papillon 11 Cockhedge Way, Cockhedge Centre, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 2QQ tel. 01925 234 326 sizes 16-30 Park Plus 12 Regent Arcade Brighton, East Sussex tel. 01273 326653 sizes 14-26 Pink Sarah, Greenwich Arts and Crafts Market (Saturdays and Sundays) London tel. 0181 691 8444 three main sizes up to 24, but larger can be made to order Razzberry Bazaar 69A Front Street, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear NE30 4BP tel. 0191 258 6392 ethnic style cottons and silks + own designed range in Jersey. sizes 10-20, bigger to order Rendezvous 11 & 12 The parade, St. Mary's Place, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1DL tel. 01743 368325 sizes 16-32 smart/casual, all ages + prices Richard Roberts Great Central Street Highcross Street Leicester tel. 0116 251 3183 sizes 18-30 Rita Jarvis 16 Queen's Grove London NW8 6EL tel. 0171 722 1127 sizes 16+; mail order catalogue available Rita Models 6 Turnpike Parade, Green Lanes, London N15 3EA tel. 0181 888 6234 sizes 12-30 Ritz n Glitz 4 Angel Crescent, Bridgewater, Somerset TA6 3EW tel. 01278 450928 fashionable clothes 16-28, plus swimwear Robita 519 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 9IJ tel. 01702 334266 sizes 14-30 Rock Follies Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset sells end-of-ranges and quality second-hand clothing, sizes 8-30. Prices very reasonable, stock varies a lot Rogers and Rogers Chain: branches at Belfast, Brighton, Brimsdown (Middlesex), Bristol, Carlisle, Coventry, Glasgow, Harrow (Middlesex), Manchester, Middlesborough, Watford size 16+ Rubenesque 22 Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 2AU tel. 01380 728972 sizes 16-34 - young fun and different Sam's Ladieswear 65 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AT tel. 01772 253100 sizes 16-34, Mon-Sat 9.30-5 S.A.S. Manderville, Links Road, Amble, Morpeth, Northumberland, ME65 0SB tel. 01665 712939 sizes 14-30+ Sapphire 19 Hawkeys Lane, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE29 0JF tel. 0191 296 0814 sizes 10-26 Scruples (Fashion) Ltd. Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS13 1LS tel. 0113 247 0766 size 16-32+ Sheina 779 Christchurch Road Boscombe Bournemouth Dorset BH7 6AW tel. 01202 428866 sizes 16-34; day and evening wear Simply Big 222 Bennett Street, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire NG10 4HH tel. 0115 946 5203 ladies fashions sizes 16-30+ Sized Up 11 Hedingham Rd, Halstead, Essex CO9 2DA tel. 01787 472633 size 14-26, young colourful clothes; alterations overnight Stepping Up, part of Familytique 9/11 Market Place, Market Bosworth Warwickshire tel. 01455 290234 stocks Jacques Vert Plus, Oliver James, Frank Usher, Bellino, Tricoville, Hucke Mode, Lucia sizes 10-26 Sundial 5 Lendal, York North Yorkshire Y01 2AQ tel. 01904 644410 sizes 16-24 Suters 14 St. Mary's St Wallingford Oxfordshire tel. 01491 825301 or Rachel on 0491 836002 sizes 16-26 Twice as Nice 115 Nicholls Field, Harlow, Essex CM18 6EB tel. 01279 860733 Buys and sells only best quality used clothes. Casual and occasionwear always available. Ulla Popken Caters to young women. Sells somewhat expensive high quality clothing. Up and Above 48 Don Street, St. Helier, Jersey The Channel Islands JE2 4TR tel. 01534 58808 ladies fashions, size 16-30 Valerie Dee, 9 Shirehall Plain, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6HT tel. 01263 713545 sizes 12-32 Vivace 2 Bridge Street, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey TW9 1TQ tel. 0181 948 7840 sizes 16-22, their specialities colour and fabrics Watercolours 37 Station Rd, Beaconsfield New Town, Buckinghamshire HP9 1QG tel. 01494 677666 Wishes 13 South St, Wellington, Somerset TA12 8NR tel. 01823 662354 special occasion + smart casuals, sizes 16-28 Women at Large 95 George Lane, South Woodford London E18 1AN tel. 0181 989 5133 trendy styles, sizes 16-34, stockist for Roger clothing at unbelievable prices Woman at Large Ltd 2 Spon Street Coventry Warwickshire CV1 3BA tel. 011203 550300 sizes 16-30+ XL Fashions 74 High Street Colliers Wood London SW19 2BY tel. 0181 241 0010 large collection up to size 30 Yes Stores Ltd 25-27 Duke Street Liverpool L1 5AD tel. 0151 708 6388 Part 2) Retail clothing for men Atlas Kingsize 197/199 Cricklewood Broadway London NW2 3HS tel. 0181 452 0541 or 0181 450 6556 also 3B Spires 111 High Street Barnet EN5 5XY tel. 0181 441 9892 good selection of clothes at realistic prices helpful staff, also a catalogue The Big Man's Shop 43 Abington Avenue Northampton NN1 4PA tel. 01604 37727 up to 60" chest/waist Big Man's Shop 1 Higher Fore Street Redruth, Cornwall tel. 01209 216868 or 216222 for a catalogue, P.O. Box 3 they do menswear and footwear Big and Tall Menswear The Lanes Brighton BJE Banks Ltd. 512-524 Slade Road Birmingham, B23 7JE tel. 0121 373 5450 fax 0121 382 5434 large and comprehensive stock of clothing for large and extra-tall men. e.g. 30-56" waist trouser size for tall men and 30-64" in jeans Brook York formal wear Ltd. Coxs Lane, Old Hill, Warley, West Midlands B64 5NS tel. 01384 636311 menswear shop, collar 14-18, chest 38-50in, waist 30-48in Dunn & Co. Freepost, Swansea SA5 5ZZ tel. Freephone 0800 378 755 branches nationwide, free mail order catalogue available, also made-to-measure and hire service collar 14 1/2-20, chest 38-54in, waist 32-54in Greenwoods. Chain, mainly in the midlands and north. Also has catalogue. High & Mighty Head Office, The Old School House, High Street, Hungerford Berkshire, RG17 0NF. Tel: 01488 684666 Fax: 01488 684912 Orders: Freephone 0800 52142 23 shops in UK, also Holland, Belgium and Germany. Free catalogue available. collar 17-21, chest 44-60in, waist 40-60in, shoes 11-15 Houston Menswear 67 High Street, Paisley, Strathclyde, PA1 2AY tel. 0141 889 4879 http://www.houston-menswear.co.uk menswear shop mail order catalogue available collar 14-24in, chest 36-72in, waist 28-72in Howards 54 Leabrooks Rd Somercotes nr. Alfreton Derbyshire tel. 01773 603714 Leon's Exclusive Tailoring, 115 - 117 High Street, Harlesden, London, NW10 4TR tel. 0181 838 5551 fax. 0181 965 5958 made to measure by computer, ready in two weeks; up to 72" chest, "comfortably priced" Mr. Big 60-62 Upper Parliament Street Nottingham Nottinghamshire tel. 0115 985 9169 also at 54 London Road Derby Derbyshire tel. 01332 342293 Oakland tel. 0181 450 3100 menswear shops nationwide, collar 14 1/2-18, chest 40-50in, waist 30-42in Rochester Big and Tall 90 Brompton Road, London SW3 1ER tel. freephone 0800 442277 menswear shop, mail order catalogue available collar 15 1/2-22, chest 46-62, waist 34-60in shoes 12-17D, 10-15 EEE - -------------------------------------------------------------------- A4) Where can I find bridal wear? The Bridal Room 6 Park Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1BT tel. 01737 773390 gowns for sale or hire design service available, bridesmaids, pageboys accessories by appointment Chapel Belles 8 East Street Sudbury, Suffolk. CO10 6TP tel. 01787 371037 stock or made-to-measure bridal gowns, sizes 10-32 bridesmaids' dresses and all accessories Doriel Benjamin 123 Ribblesdale Roaad, Streatham, London SW16 6SP tel. 0181 769 2422 Made to measure bridal and evening wear Experienced with royal wedding designer and top designers Elizabeth of York 1st floor, 12 Blake St, York. tel. 01904 658600 bridal and evening gowns from stock or made-to-measure also second wedding ensembles Fairytale Dresses 245 High Road, South Woodford, London E18 2PB tel. 0181 505 2626 wedding dresses to hire or buy sizes 18-26; shoes, accessories, bridesmaids dresses Hollywood Bride 342 Newchurch Road, Bacup, Lancashire OL13 0LD tel. 01706 877949 wedding gowns for sale or hire, sizes 8-34 bridesmaids dresses free information pack available The Jenny Wren Bridal Collection 23 Montpelier Avenue, Bexley, Kent DA5 3AP tel. 0181 301 3867 sizes 8-34; gowns, bridesmaid dresses, accessories; stock or made to measure Lady Grace Sposa Bella Manufacturing Ltd., 22 James Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2BA tel. 0121 708 1841 wedding dresses in sizes 18-30 with an elastic backed "magic sample" to try on Lyn Lundie 788 Kenton Lane Harrow Weald Middlesex HA3 6AG tel. 0181 954 7039 sizes 18-24; catalogue 5pounds by post - please request special size list My Fair Lady Ltd 45 Upminster Road South Rainham Essex RM13 9YS tel. 01708 523395 sizes up to 28; dresses to buy or hire, shoes 2-10 telephone for brochure One Stop Wedding Centre 24 High Street, South Norwood, London SE25 6EZ tel. 0181 653 4292 bridal gowns for sale and hire; mother of bride outfits Rosie Annabella Bridal Couture White Rose House, Market Weighton York YO4 3JU tel. 01430 871541 pure silk bridal gowns individually designed and hand-created to order Wedding World 279/289 Central Drive Blackpool Lancashire FY1 5HZ tel. 01253 21301/751556 bridalwear up to size 28; mother of the bride; also occasionwear - -------------------------------------------------------------------- A5) Where can I find underwear? You can often find large-size underwear in the usual shops, however there are also specialist shops/catalogues. Delia Marketing Ltd 24 Craven Park Rd, London NW10 4AB tel. 0181 965 8707 underwear up to large sizes ring for a free catalogue Gipsy Gloriette Hosiery Co. P.O. Box 2BE, 50 New Bond St, London W1A 2BE tel. 0171 629 0641 italian hosiery for the fuller figure reasonably priced, sizes 42" to 60" Lady Harriet's Highertown Farmhouse, Advent, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9QL tel. 01840 213976 inexpensive silk/satin lingerie. Clothing up to size 34, made to measure sae for details Margaret Ann Milestone Cottage, Tytherington Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7AE tel. 01985 840520 specialist foundationwear, lingerie, nightwear, swimwear, in fullest range of sizes also mastectomy, maternity and bridal The Bra Box In Taplin's, 25c Broadway, West Ealing, London W13 0SU tel. 0181 567 6152 phone or write for a brochure bras from 34 to 46, B to G cups - -------------------------------------------------------------------- A6) Where can I find sewing/knitting patterns? Two books containing knitting patterns for large-size women (Patterns go from very simple, classic designs, to very complex intarsias. Proper large-size models.): "Big knits : bold beautiful designer knitwear", by Dawn French and Sylvie Soudan, Century, London, 1990 ISBN/ISSN: 071263505X hbk / 0712650970 pbk "Great big knits : over twenty designer patterns", by Dawn French and Sylvie Soudan, Ebury, London, 1992 ISBN/ISSN: 0091770386 Common makes of sewing patterns often stock select ranges in larger sizes, including the following: McCalls, Simplicity Burda Patterns Perivale-Guterman Ltd, Wadsworth Rd, Greenford Middlesex UB6 7JS tel. 0181 998 5000 multi-sized Burda patterns; plus section is up to size 34 - -------------------------------------------------------------------- A7) Are there any web pages about UK clothing for big folks? A UK page, "Big Times", in the Internet Emporium, offers information about shops in England and Scotland (and the Channel Islands!) catering for larger ladies, and also information about mail order services and non-clothing services. The URL is http://www.emporium.co.uk/bigtimes/ A lingerie selection, Ximage, is available through http://www.ftech.net/~ximage and their email is admin@ximage.co.uk Evans now has a web page, at http://www.evans.ltd.uk/ A8) Where can I find shoes for big feet? No idea, sorry. This FAQ is really for finding clothing for fat folks, rather than people who are tall or who have big feet, who are big in a different way. However, the British Footwear Association do publish a brochure called "Footwear for Special Needs", priced at approx 2.50. The address to write to is 5 Portland Place, London W1N 3AA. Ask them, not me. - -------------------------------------------------------------------- - -------------------------------------------------------------------- SECTION B: Information about this FAQ B1) Are there other related FAQs? Yes. The list of them below can be found from the following page: http://www.sover.net/~astarte/fa/faqs.html fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/canada information about clothing for large people in Canada fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/europe information about clothing for large people in Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/us information about clothing for large people in the U.S. fat-acceptance-faq/health information about health issues affecting large people fat-acceptance-faq/research information about research concerning large people fat-acceptance-faq/maternity information about large-size maternity resources fat-acceptance-faq/sports information about resources for sports and activities for large people fat-acceptance-faq/fitness information about resources for fitness for large people fat-acceptance-faq/organizations information about organizations for large people fat-acceptance-faq/resources information about resources for large people (that aren't covered in the other resources FAQs) fat-acceptance-faq/physical information about resources for dealing with the physical aspects of being large fat-acceptance-faq/publications information about publications for large people fat-acceptance-faq/size-acceptance information about size-acceptance big-folks-faq general information file for alt.support.big-folks There is some overlap in the topics covered by the FAQs. If you don't find what you're looking for here, try the other FAQs. - -------------------------------------------------------------------- B2) Posting information This document is posted monthly to news.answers, alt.answers and soc.answers, and posted bi-weekly to alt.support.big-folks and soc.support.fat-acceptance. Alexandra Nielsen (zandra@online.no) maintains this FAQ. - -------------------------------------------------------------------- B3) Availability of the FAQ All FAQs posted to news.answers are archived at rtfm.mit.edu and its mirror sites. You can get any of these FAQs from rtfm.mit.edu via anonymous FTP or via the mail archive server. (To get information about the mail server, send email to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the body of the message containing the word "help", without the quotes.) FAQs posted to news.answers are also available on the Web from: http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/top.html This particular FAQ is archived at rtfm.mit.edu and its mirror sites under the filenames: /pub/usenet/news.answers/fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/uk /pub/usenet/soc.answers/fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/uk /pub/usenet/soc.support.fat-acceptance/ Big_Folks_Clothing_UK_Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQ) It is available on the Web at: http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/ faq/usenet/fat-acceptance-faq/clothing/uk/faq.html although the latest version specifically adapted for HTML and maintained by the maintainer can be found at http://home.sol.no/~geirerni/Alexandra/faq_uk.htm The file Big_Folks_Clothing_UK_Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQ) contains the last post to soc.support.fat-acceptance which has the same subject line as this FAQ. In general, this is the most recent copy of the FAQ. Occasionally, however, it is a random post that has the same subject line as this FAQ. If this is the case, please look in one of the other files. The files named uk and the file available via the WWW, contain the last version of the FAQ posted to news.answers. Since this FAQ is posted to alt.support.big-folks and soc.support.fat-acceptance more often than it is posted to news.answers, sometimes the version available via these links is not the most recent one. - -------------------------------------------------------------------- B4) Contributors These are the people who have contributed significant chunks to this FAQ. Sharon Curtis (Sharon.Curtis@comlab.ox.ac.uk) Sasha Wood (Sasha.Wood@cs.cmu.edu) Also, lots and lots of other people (too many to credit) contributed information that appears herein, some via email and some on a.s.b-f. Thanks to them all. Suggestions for additions/improvements are always welcome. If you have information you think should be here (either in response to an existing question or in response to a new question), send it to the maintainers. If you think another question should be addressed here, and you do not have the information for it, post the question to s.s.f-a and drop a note to the maintainers suggesting that it be in the FAQ. Also, please let us know if any of this material is incorrect or out-of-date. In particular, if you have new information about clothing in other countries, please send it to the maintainers. We would be very happy to update this information to include more countries. Copyright 1998 by Alexandra Nielsen (zandra@online.no). Permission is granted to copy and redistribute this article in its entirety for non-commercial use provided that this copyright notice is not removed or altered. No portion of this work may be sold, either by itself or as part of a larger work, without the express written permission of the author; this restriction covers all publication media, including (but not limited to) CD-ROM.