I'm using instructions that basically tell you how to draft your own pattern for a shirt... I understand the instructions very well but I've run in to a huge problem. No matter how many times I draft and redraft, measure and remeasure, my pattern always ends up way too big.
Is it too big after it's sewn or does it look too big beforehand?
I looked up size charts online to see if my measurements matched up with the size clothing I buy and even that is off! According to most size charts I should be wearing a size 26! I'm a size 18/20 in tops and 16/18 in bottoms!
Pattern sizing has totally different system than off-the-rack clothes. My size in a pattern is eight higher than it is in normal clothes, so your measurements sound perfect!