Last week was Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City. In the coverage of the event, I couldn’t help but noticed the designs of Ashley Nell Tipton. There was just something about her cool sense of style that seemed to combine influences from burlesque and rock and London street fashion and contemporary style blogs … I just had to know more.

The bio on Tipton’s website caught me by surprise when I read that she’s only twenty years old. Now I try not to get shocked by the amazing cool things young people are doing. I was doing some cool things when I was a kid and I think that there’s an edgy wonderfulness that makes young people shine. But I still find myself surprised somehow at the great style Tipton exhibits in her collection that says “youthfulness” but doesn’t necessarily scream “young”.

Tipton explains that she’d created her first line before she was out of high school and that it was inspired by a “love for the hippie generation”. Later work has been influenced by “the British rocker flare of London”. But more importantly Tipton is influenced by the curves of a woman. She produces stylish clothing for full-figured women in their twenties and thirties. She loves bright color and fights the stereotype that larger ladies need to wear black because it’s “slimming”; her collection is filled with “bright hues and bold patterns”. I love what she says in her bio when she writes: “I pictured my muse roaming the streets of London unabashed and feeling confident in my stride while wearing designs that are not seen in full figure wear today.”

An interview she did with Daily Venus Diva explains that the designer learned to sew at age seven from her grandmother, starting out with designing Barbie clothes, and by fourteen she really felt a love for fashion. She thinks a woman should be allowed to wear whatever she feels confident in although she dislikes the trend of “leggings as a crutch”. (I agree: leggings are not pants!)

Anyhow, Tipton has lots of cool designs and I encourage you to check out her site to see the true range of her style but of course here on the blog I wanted to specifically share how she’s incorporated crochet details into her work. She’s just started using crochet and it seems to fit in well with the rest of what she’s doing.

What are your thoughts on this designer? Can you recommend any good crochet patterns for full-figured women?


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. joyannerose Reply

    Did you see the @”Interweave Crochet” summer 2012 issue? I just pinined picture of the @Coogee Bay Dress by Jenny King. Beautiful lace dress to wear as top layer. I can’t wait to make it. It’s a plus size. I’m trying it in different yarn, which is on order. Love it! I think you’ll find me under Joyce Armstrong or Joyannerose if you want to check it out.

  2. joyannerose Reply

    @ Marly Bird @ Craftsy also has a nice online class teaching you how to adapt patterns for the full figure. She also shares some patterns and has a book I believe it’s called @Curvey Crochet. Although the sweaters and vest are simple patterns, I loved learning how to adapt or write my own patterns to flatter my style and figure.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @joyannerose Have you seen the Dora Ohrenstein’s book on custom crocheted sweaters? She goes into detailed information about how to alter patterns to fit your style, shape and desired fit. Invaluable information!

      I haven’t looked at the newest Interweave issue yet. I’ll have to take a look at your pin for sure. Thanks for sharing!

      • joyannerose Reply

        @CrochetBlogger Yes, I actually have Dora Ohrenstein’s new book. I am very excited about it also. Just haven’t had enough time to do more than look through it. Seems like I always put down what I’m crocheting for myself to do projects for others. ie. doing a bathing suit cover up for my son’s girlfriend instead of finishing my cashmere shawl for an upcoming wedding. :)

        • CrochetBlogger Reply

          @joyannerose I’ve noticed that crafters seem to be divided into two camps – those that only make things for themselves and those that only make things for others! I’m a selfish crochet; almost everything I make is for myself (although not always of course) :)

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