I just wanted to check something.
Say for an example I want to make simplicity 3823 and I need to choose my size. I have a 10/32DD to DDD bust (depending on bra shape). My bust measurement (across the nipple line) is approx 35 inches. My high bust measurement (under the armpits) is 32.5-33 inches. Size 10 in this pattern is 32.5 inches bust and size 12 is 34 inches. I would then go ahead and make the size 10 or a 12? In an article on the simplicity website about pattern size it says that less than 2.5 inches difference in the two bust measurements means you are an A or B cup. I'm definitely not that size yet I do not have a difference of more than 4 inches which they say indicates D+ cup sizes. Is it because my back size is so small with large cups? I'm confused.
In the waist I am 29 inches which in this pattern equates to a size 14-16 and my hip size is 39 inches which equates to a 14-16 also! Now I know full well that in manufactured clothing my top half is the same size as my bottom half!! So what the heck is going on? Am I a victim of vanity sizing? I definitely look in proportion! This is me http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1300335609031217179ZcDCzr
when I was about 10 pounds lighter - those trousers still fit me but are not as loose but still not overly tight. 10+ years ago when I was sewing and actually made the sizes depicted on the envelope according to my measurement everything was too big. Am I missing something?
I am thoroughly confused - I have decent sized boobs (they have grown a cup size since the photo), not much of a waist and hips/bum that definitely show my mediterranean heritage but I'm scared to cut patterns when there is such a discrepancy in apparent size measurements.
Can anyone help?