Beautiful Clothes From

Dawn French & Helen Teague

LITTLE BLACK DRESSES

22 Apr 2017

Two perfect Little Black dresses options. 


“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.”
Karl Lagerfeld

The term, The Little Black Dress (LBD), was coined by Coco Chanel and Jean Patou during the 1920s. The concept was to produce a long-lasting, versatile, simple and affordable garment, accessible to the widest market possible and in a neutral colour. 

To ensure that you can select the perfect fit for the Pencil Dres

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New to Sixteen47!

23 Jan 2017




Introducing The Sixteen47 Blog! A brand new space to complement our online shop and social media platforms!

What will be in it? There will be an informative series of posts covering our history, our designs, coming launches and the ongoing debate in the big clothes market. We hope to amuse and inform you and

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Special Measures

28 Oct 2016

Special Measures


We all come in different shapes and sizes. How then do you make clothes that create that wonderful feel of a ‘good fit’ for every customer? Sixteen47 has top expertise. Its specially devised size-grades allow graceful adaptation to a body’s shape. Helen Teague, its designer, creates clothes that augment the human form. Her magical formula is based on her experience in architecture where proportion is everything. Well designed clothes are a

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We just want what everyone else wants - no surpises there then!

20 Oct 2015

Funny about ASOS as when I spoke to Lord Waheed in 2011 about doing bigger sizes he said that ASOS was so successful because it stuck to its target market ie young and thin. At that time CURVES had only about a dozen items! By the following season they had increased their offer to 100's of new things - and now 1000's.! and so it seems he did reflect on what I said to him in 2011 - that BIG girls just want what everyone else wants. Good for everyone! See Guardian 20th October 2015 for full art

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Sixteen47 signs up for Guardian Sustainable Business.

24 Aug 2014

Since we started trading in 1991 Dawn and Helen have maintained an ethical approach to business. They are proud of their factory in Ghana, West Africa.

Despite the challenges in institutional support and infrastructure their small company illustrates what it is possible to achieve.

Dawn viisted the Ghana factory in 2002 and the visit was featured in Marie Claire Magasine.


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How our garments are made

07 Feb 2014

Most of our garments are made in our own small factory in Accra Ghana.

We have a spacious well equipped workspace in down town Accra. 

All our staff are employed, work a 35 hour week and with no compusory overtime. Our salaries excellent and based on a regularly reviewed sustainable income - our minimum unskilled entry level salary is 4 x the National minimum wage. 

All our staff have bank accounts, email addresses and employment contracts, 20 days p

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What is the Sixteen47 Brand?

15 Dec 2013

We have had a number of emails from you saying that people you know had not heard about Sixteen47.com and Dawn French's role in the company. Indeed, they had searched for larger sizes in designer clothing to no avail. We have to accept this is proven a difficulty on our part. We have simply never advertised our products using terms such as Plus Sizes, Oversize, Outsize, Large and Extra Large because we have always felt that these descripto

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Versatile and convenient shopping

16 Nov 2013

Now You can visit the site on any of your favou rite devices - and the viewing format makes shopping easy!

Dont forget to select your size when you log in - so items in your size are pre-selected for you .... and remember to visit “MANAGE ACCOUNT” where you can check your credit balance, view your orders and your emails. 

More good news ... the SOAP BOX will be back soon.

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Sixteen47 One to Six Sizes

  • SIZE 1 will suit anyone from size 16-20 Bust - 42 Hip - 44
  • SIZE 2 will suit anyone from size 20-24 Bust - 46 Hip - 48
  • SIZE 3 will suit anyone from size 24-28 Bust - 50 Hip - 52
  • SIZE 4 will suit anyone from size 28-32 Bust - 54 Hip - 56
  • SIZE 5 will suit anyone from size 32-36 Bust - 58 Hip - 62
  • SIZE 6 will suit anyone from size 36-47 Bust - 66 Hip - 70
See highlighted below for where our unique one-six size ranges meets UK dress sizes
UK Dress Sizes 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 34 36 40 42
Bust Measurement
in inches 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 58 60 64 66
in cm 101 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142.5 152.5 157.5 167.5
Hip Measurement
in inches 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 60 62 66 68
in cm 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142.5 152.5 157.5 167.5 173
International Dress Sizes
US Dress Size 12 14 16 18 22 24 26 28 32 34 38 40
French Dress Size 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 62 64 68 70
Italian Dress Size 52 56 58 60 62 62 66 68 72 74 78 80
German Dress Size 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 64 66 70 72
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Our Posting Costs

We charge an at-cost flat posting rate and do not add to our garment prices to compensate for apparently free/low postage.
We do not pay for return postage.

We try and be as fair as we can and welcome feedback on our policy.

Our postage is a flat rate, whatever the size of your parcel.

Our postage cost covers the cost and ensures that staff who handle your order can be properly paid.

Most customer orders are for 2 or more items. If you order a single item and think the postage is too high let us know and we will credit you part of the cost.

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