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11 June 2008 @ 10:20 pm
Plus Size Lolita Buying Guide  
Last update 3/12/10

Due to the recent influx of the same question over and over (I am x size, where can I buy lolita clothes?) I have decided to write up a quick guide answering said question once and for all.

Notes:
- Most of these measurements are rough estimates and DO NOT apply for all garments from mentioned brands. Be sure to check that what you are buying is a piece that falls under the right sizing. Also note that the "up to" measurement is usually the MAX measurement and will either be incredibly tight and/or won't look good.

- This is not a brand list. Not every lolita brand, Japanese or otherwise, is going to be on here. I'll only include brands that have a trend of selling larger clothing than Japanese standard sizes.

- I worked hard on this list. Updating it alone took over four hours. If reposting it elsewhere, please give credit where credit is due.


JAPANESE BRAND

Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Has forgiving shirring.
Full-shirring JSKs will go up to about 130cm/52"
Full-shirring blouses will go up to about 140cm/55"
Some skirts up to 96cm/38"
Some cutsews up to 111cm/44"
"L SIZE"
Back-shirred JSKs can go up to 102cm/40" bust and 84cm/33" waist
"LL SIZE"
Back-shirred JSKs can go up to 110cm/43" bust and 96cm/37" waist

Innocent World
Has forgiving shirring.
Fullshirring OPs and JSKs up to about 110cm/43"
Some cuts of JSKs up to 130cm/52" (This cut)
Elastic waistband skirts up to 100cm/39"
OFFERS "L SIZE" (but not as forgiving as Baby or Meta's larger sizes)
Some blouses up to 100cm/39" bust
OFFERS "TALL SIZE"
RUMORS OF OFFERING "LL" and "3L" sizing in the future

Metamorphose Temps de Fille
Some skirts up to 100cm/39"
Some JSKs up to 105cm/41"
OFFERS "TALL SIZE"

Angelic Pretty
Full shirring JSKs up to 100cm/39"
Full-back shirring up to 107cm/42"
Full-shirred blouses up to 136cm/53" bust

h.Naoto
Some skirts up to 110cm/43"
Some tops up to 106cm/41"

MA/MAM
Full shirring up to 105cm/41"
Full elastic waistband skirts up to 100cm/39"
OFFERS "LOVELY SIZE"
JSKs up to 120cm/47"
Blouses up to 120cm/47"
Skirts up to 110cm/43"

Milky Ange
Some dresses up to 120cm/47" in the bust
Some tops up to 110cm/43"
OFFERS "L" and "XL" SIZES
*also sells maid dresses

Putumayo
Some knits up to 110cm/43"
Skirts up to 101cm/40" HIPS
Some JSKs up to 100cm/39"

Bodyline (included because it's Japan-based, though it's not necessarily considered "brand")
Up to 110cm/43"
Offers "L" and "2L" sizing
*Not all items are lolita



CHINESE "BRANDS"

Fan Plus Friend
Sizing up to 112cm/44" bust 91cm/36" waist
Offers "LARGE SIZE"
Custom Sizing $5 USD
*also sells cosplay

Anna House
Offers S, M, L, XL Sizes
XL up to 102cm/40" bust and 86cm/34" waist.
Offers custom sizing for a small charge. (about $10 USD on average)

TAOBAO SHOPS
*when ordering custom size it may be best to add an inch or two to measurements.
(Prices and info are based off of Qcute/Qutieland shopping service, as I can't read Chinese.)

Dear Celine
"Standard Size" 92cm/36" bust 77cm/30" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 65 HKD (about $6 USD)

Rose Melody
"Standard Size" 88cm/34" bust 70cm/27" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 75 HKD (about $10 USD)

Momo & Jia Baby Shop
"Standard Size" 88cm/34" bust 70cm/27" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 70 HKD (about $9 USD)

Infanta
Offers "L" and "XL" sizing
Up to 96cm/37" bust 76cm/30" waist
Does not offer custom sizing

R-Series
Offers "L" sizing
Up to 92cm/36" bust 72cm/28" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 65 HKD (about $6 USD)

Kids YoYo
JSK "Standard Size" 88cm/34" bust 68cm/26" waist
Blouse "Standard Size" 92cm/36" bust 76cm/30" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 90 HKD (about $11 USD)

White Moon
"Standard Size" 90cm/35" bust 74cm/29" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 40 HKD (about $5 USD)

PrinCutess
"Standard size" 90cm/35" bust 72cm/28" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 55 HDK (about $7 USD)

DollscroPs
"Standard size" 88cm/34" bust 68cm/26" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 75 HKD (about $10 USD)

Surface Spell
"Standard size" 90cm/35" bust 72cm/28" waist
"Oversize" custom sizing for up to 65 HKD (about $6 USD)

Taobao shopping services
Qcute/Qutieland
Taobao Now
Miwitch" (seems to be Infanta only)
Mashimaro Girl (Potential Scam?)



AMERICAN BRANDS

In the Starlight - http://inthestarlight.com/
*CLOSED*

Excalibur Girls - https://www.excaliburgirls.com
Up to 111cm/44" bust and 91cm/36" waist.
*CLOSED* ?

Sweet Rococo - http://www.sweetrococo.com/
General sizing up to 111cm/44" bust and 91cm/36" waist.

Candy Violet - http://www.candyviolet.com/
"L", "XL", and "2XL" sizing
Up to 116cm/46" bust 96cm/38" waist

Blasphemina's Closet
Custom Sizing at no extra charge

Megan Maude
"L" and "XL" sizing
101cm/40" bust 78cm/31" waist
Up to 111cm/44" waist on some skirts
*Custom sizing available as of 3/12/10



OTHER COUNTRIES' BRANDS

Ergi
Up to 100cm/39" bust 75cm/29" waist
No custom sizing

English Charm
"L" "XL" "SXL" "MXL" "LXL" and "XLXL" sizing
Up to 122cm/48" bust 107cm/42" waist
Offers custom sizing



ETSY SHOPS

11tyone
Up to 90cm/35" bust 85cm/33" waist
No custom sizing
Available for commissions

Anachronisme
Up to 5XL
Semi-custom sizing
*Currently on hiatus

Bloom Empire
Up to 101cm/40" waist

Bondage Tea
Up to 127cm/50" waist
*A lot of stuff sold isn't lolita

Delicacy
Up to 99cm/39" bust 89cm/35" waist
sometimes offers semi-custom sizing

Dreams and Outfits
"L" and "XL" sizing
Up to 91cm/36" waist
Custom sizing
*Bloomers only

I Do Declare
Up to 96cm/38" waist

Lauralyn
Up to 99cm/39" bust 96cm/38" waist
*Not all items are lolita

Petite Royale
Up to 127cm/50" waist

Pink Sugar
Up to 94cm/37" waist

Silversark
"L" and "XL" sizing
up to 127cm/50" bust 106cm/42" waist
*Not all items are lolita/a little ita-ish

Skeletons in the Closet
Custom sizing
*more aristocrat than lolita


If anyone has anything to correct/add to this, leave a comment and I'll gladly edit it ^^ I know I've probably got some stuff wrong, overlooked some brands, so please let me know.
 
 
 
toujoursprettoujourspret on June 12th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Asashiasashi on June 12th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
I don't think I'll ever own a brand jsk now ;___;

I'm sort of curious though, how do the skirts fare for btssb, IW, and Meta?
toujoursprettoujourspret on June 12th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Skirts are almost universally worse than JSKs, actually. I think Meta's the best for skirts, followed by IW, but baby's skirts are just not happening for most of us.
(no subject) - asashi on June 12th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - pancakebear on June 12th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - frootums on March 14th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - asashi on March 14th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - asashi on March 15th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - frootums on March 15th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - frootums on March 21st, 2010 04:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - frootums on March 21st, 2010 04:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
Dewy-Eyed Disney Bridetropigalia on June 12th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much! This is perfect. Putting in userinfo and memories.
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
You're welcome ^^ I actually did it cuz of Xanet's bitching lol
(no subject) - 21stcherryboy on June 12th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - silver_youko on June 12th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
liddell_rawksliddell_rawks on June 12th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
I think you shouldn't say $10 HKD on average since that isn't accurate at all. $10 USD would be!

I got a blouse done at my measurements (only 4 inches more than the top) and it was $70HKD, and skirts seem to be a bit less but still way over $10HKD. Fro a dress I think it was $100HKD more.
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ok, thank you! I must have misread that info somewhere. I'll change it ^^
grimy13grimy13 on June 12th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
For AP I know that the fully back shirred JSK's can fit 107-ish cm. And most h.NAOTO size L/XL can fit around a 106cm bust. I've recently found out that Baby cutsews can be surpizingly strechy and fit up to about a 44inch bust. (Like this one: http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/cutsaw/132717.html And I forgot what that measurement is in cm) h.NAOTO hoodies tend to have a bit of strech in them too.

My main suggestion is to aim for things with all shirring or, like with Baby and AP, full back shirring.
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Added everything ^^ Thank you
(no subject) - grimy13 on June 12th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Raven 鴉twilighteyes86 on June 12th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
what about the back panel shirring jumperskirts (not fully back shirred) from IW? i hear mixed things about them. if i can fit into the back panel shirring ones from baby, do you think i would fit into the ones from IW as well?
cheri_clairecheri_claire on June 12th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
I only have fully back shirred ones, but IW Shirring is really tight and strong in general. Maybe if you change the elastic or something.
cheri_claire: Baby Jumpercheri_claire on June 12th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this, I am sure it will be really helpful from now on!
Hulkbucktick on June 12th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
both IW and MAM offer "L size" although their "L" is less roomy than babys or meta's tall size. It's worth mentioning. MA/MAM cutsews and sweaters are rather generously sized.

Putumayo isn't on the list. Putumayo always looks promising because most of their skirts are elastic waist but in my experience they are not sized generously and the max waist tends to be the max hips.
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you ^^
Is there any way you can give me a rough measurement of the largest they'll go?
(no subject) - bucktick on June 12th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - silver_youko on June 12th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Sabiesailorphoenix84 on June 12th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
http://www.candyviolet.com/ - Candy Violet under AMERICAN BRANDS ?.?
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
added. Thanks!
leichenkellerfalling_empress on June 12th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
Gaaah just say that full shirring = 52" so people will quit asking stupid questions about whether the measurements on xx dress are accurate.
Catehimecatehime on June 12th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
she was just going for the quickiest way to end these questions. I'm impressed she did it so quickly. lol.
(no subject) - falling_empress on June 12th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - catehime on June 12th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - silver_youko on June 12th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - silver_youko on June 12th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Melwenmelwen_alana on June 12th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot!
I guess it won't cut down all of the questions, but if it avoids half of them it's a vast improvement. ^^

Btw: I own a h.naoto skirt that would easily stretch up to 110cm/43".
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that's what'll happen anyway. Let's see.
And I took an educated guess on the h.naoto skirts, so thanks for that!
Sabiesailorphoenix84 on June 12th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
http://www.hearte.co.jp/ - Heart E Japanese Brand
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Unless you can give me how large they can sometimes run, as I can find almost no sizing info on the site and most brands underestimate their stretch anyway, I'm not planning on putting them up there.
I really only managed to find info for one of their petticoats, and it says the elastic waist only goes up to 24", hardly plus sized.
Thank you though.

(sorry for the edits e_e I'm tired xD)

Edited at 2008-06-12 03:09 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - bucktick on June 13th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
hotaru230hotaru230 on June 12th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
I think I inquired Sweet Rococo on their custom sizing and either they didn't do it or it only when up to a certain measurement and that was still too small for me....sorry that I can't rememeber which it was.

thanks so much for making this!
I've also been wondering about dress styles
http://lolitafashion.org/dress_styles.php
other than stuff with shirring and how flattering if at all they are on plus sized lolis. I have been thinking about getting a dress comissioned in something other than shirred to have something else, but am really unsure of spending money on something that will look bad on me. have you seen any guidelines for that?
RayRaysilver_youko on June 12th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any, but I've been thinking of also making a guide like that for a while now (this one was just a spur-of-the-moment type thing)
Maybe I'll get around to typing something along those lines up soon.
cherrydustcherrydust on November 12th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
i have a fully shirred AP op that could fit my 52 inch bust before i lost weight. I also had an innocent world op that fit those same measurements.
Iris-Juylyennekurai_hime on March 3rd, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
where the...how did you...find this??
(no subject) - cherrydust on March 3rd, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lotusxlotusx on April 11th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Here are a couple more brands to add that offer custom sizing/larger sizes:
Blasphemina's Closet (American)
English Charm (American)
Ergi (European)
Miss Megan Maude (American)
Frootumsfrootums on March 13th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Wow thank you so much <3
getdolledup: Cupcakegetdolledup on April 22nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I noticed Bodyline has 3L 4L and 5L now.
paxlolitapaxlolita on June 10th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Just wondering - as I can't find anywhere that this is answered clearly... the measurements on Brand websites:

Are they taking the measurements as "FLAT GARMENT" or a circumference total? Some have told me (for example) that BABY uses flat measure, and some say circumference total. Very confused...I have to believe that they standardize it and not flip between 2 methods.

BTW - as a side note to add on Bodyline. They don't mention it on the website - but the measurements are a flat garment measure.
RayRaysilver_youko on June 10th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I would assume circumference just because it's more accurate, but I think the only way to truly know is to email brands and ask. Also, unless it's for dresses with no shirring it doesn't really seem to matter because for the shirred pieces they never seem to list the true max.

For example this jsk http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/jumper/134229.html
is listed as 108cm the max, when we know it can go much larger.
(no subject) - paxlolita on June 10th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - silver_youko on June 10th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Piratessanpiratessan on September 13th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
A note about Ergi by Piratessan: All items (except for t-shirts, socks and headdresses) are available in custom sizes. ^__^ Usually there's an extra fee for custom sizing at about SEK 200 (USD 27) Some items can be ordered custom size for free, like the bloomers and the Helena dress.

~ Piratessan
Yoroshi QUEEEEEEEEEEEN~!: kasumiyoroshiqueen on November 23rd, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
I was looking around Excentrique's website, and they seem to have a lot of stuff that may work for plus sizes, according to the measurements, especially the skirts.

Some examples:

http://excentrique.shop7.makeshop.jp/shopdetail/006000000201/order/ This is listed with a maximum waist of "64cm ~ 120cm"

http://excentrique.shop7.makeshop.jp/shopdetail/006000000198/order/ This one is at 64cm ~ 102cm for the waist

http://excentrique.shop7.makeshop.jp/shopdetail/006000000217/order/ This dress 109.4cm bust/88cm waist

http://excentrique.shop7.makeshop.jp/shopdetail/006000000179/order/ These bloomers seem to have pretty generous measurements (and uh..can also be transformed into a bolero?)


There's more on their site, but I've never bought or worn any of their stuff though, so I don't know how their stuff would really fit.
mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)tiferet on March 27th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
http://www.retroscopefashions.com/lolita4.html#size

It's mostly aristocrat/steampunk, but Retroscope has some cute stuff.

I have a 44" bust and a 38" waist and my LL baby jsk fits great.
Cosplay-Cafe.netcosplay_cafe on June 16th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Last I checked Retroscope Fashions was all Fan+Friend.
(no subject) - nyami_rose1 on August 29th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - nonmagicpoet on August 31st, 2011 03:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jasmine Tshyshybunny on June 18th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this ♥ it's a great help
Rose-chan: Stocking typingnyami_rose1 on August 29th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
In The Starlight reopened on Etsy a few months ago: http://www.etsy.com/shop/IntheStarlightEGL
Nanekifaerydragonet on September 1st, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Thanks. It has been updated to the new list.
Z: portraitmr_cutiepants on August 30th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Hi! Thought I'd mention that my brand Morrigan New York (morrigannyc.com) has standard sizing for all of our skirts up to a 44" waist (hips measurement free obviously :). I'm also producing a dress just now that will come in plus sizes (specific measurements to be determined, as it's still in development).
Nanekifaerydragonet on September 1st, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
It would be awesome.
NineteenOhOnenineteenohone on August 30th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, just a little note, DollscropS has closed indefinitely =[

Also, I know you said you based the custom sizing off Qutieland, so I thought I would add that Qutieland has special arrangements with those shops, and many of them will only custom size your clothes if you use Qutieland as a shopping service, rather than Taobaospree or something like that.

If you're using another shopping service it's usually best to have them ask the shop first =]