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hejin
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2006 02:33:11 AM »

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Maybe a size 10 is just too big for you.

Topstitchgirl, actually, I was a little surprised that the dress didn't fit well. I've been reading the boards, and it seems to me that Burda patterns don't have as much ease as the McCall pattern company.

Hmm, I guess I'll have to re-trace another pattern...and make more muslins...  Y'know, tracing the pattern was tiring as well =X I guess I'm a little too perfectionist; my hand trembles when tackling those curves, or whatever there is of it in this boxy dress.
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2006 04:50:11 AM »

I always buy a dress to fit the shoulders and bust.  It is just no problem to fit the hip/waist area...with a shape like mine you soon learn how..but it is easy.  When I buy a pattern I also check to see if I agree with the ease shown.  I was told by a simplicity rep one time when I was critical of the difference between the garment on the pattern envelope which showed a fitted garment and the actual garment pattern which, when made to FIT had an 8 inch waist..."Oh, we pin those garments in the back to make them look nice on the model, you can't go by that."

THe advantage of the 3 size patterns over what we used to buy is that you can cut one size easily in the top and another for the waist and a third for the hips.  My daughter is 12 in the top, 14 at the waist, 16 at the hips and (it gets worse) 18 about 3 inches below the hips....  I buy a size 12 pattern, in 3 sizes and alter where I need. 

http://www.butterick.com/tech/ease/ease.html

Butterick patterns are usually a little more reliable for fit than Simplicity or McCalls.  They esp. fit the younger figure better than the other two so I would trust this ease chart.  This type of chart can be invaluable when trying to figure out how much ease you should have to make the fit you want!
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2006 02:40:49 AM »

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I always buy a dress to fit the shoulders and bust.  It is just no problem to fit the hip/waist area...

paroper: But what's your figure like? Erm, I'm pear-shaped, so it seems to make more sense that I pick according to the hip size. I'm pretty flat-chested too -.- Hmmm, okay, thanks for the Butterick advice.

But ugh, I can only go one size lower on the Burda pattern, 8. I can't believe that I'm going to have to sew something that's the same size as my ready-to-wear size.

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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2006 04:19:10 AM »

Erm, I'm pear-shaped, so it seems to make more sense that I pick according to the hip size.

if you choose according to your hip size, you will have MASSIVE pattern adjustments to make in the neck, shoulders, armscye, and bust.  if you choose a pattern that fits all those areas, then all you have to do is widen the hips.  which adjustments would you prefer to make?

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But ugh, I can only go one size lower on the Burda pattern, 8. I can't believe that I'm going to have to sew something that's the same size as my ready-to-wear size.

pattern sizes are more or less meaningless in terms of rating between one company and another, or between a pattern and RTW.  i wear a size 14 in upper body--size 18 in lower body--size 16 1/2 in vintage patterns--size 10 in cheap RTW, size 6 in expensive RTW, size 4 in couture RTW.  i am NOT different sizes just because i'm wearing different things.   Smiley  it's just a scale, not an assessment.

make and wear what fits, forget about the numbers unless you plan to advertise them.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2006 07:17:33 AM »

Our whole family (girls) is built like very tall weeple people.  I've done these alterations all my life.
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« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2006 07:22:18 AM »

i've done them too, mainly because people have brought me projects to finish.  i'm not saying they can't be done, i'm saying that people who are learning should probably start at the shallow end of the sewing pool.  Wink
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2006 11:03:04 AM »

The booty is the easiest place to make pattern adjustments. Even knowing how to adjust a pattern in the neck, shoulders, armscye and bust (thank you 4H sewing)  I will still make the size that fits best in the bodice and adjust the booty. I am an anti-pear with narrow shoulders though. So there are always some shoulder adjustments.
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keira123
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2006 02:11:02 AM »

i AM GOING TO ATTEMPT THIS DRESS THIS WEEKEND..THE PATTERN PIECES ARE LABELLED INSIDE THE PACKET WITH THE ACTUAL FINISHED GARMENT MEASURMENTS. i AM GOING TO GO WITH AN 8 ON TOP AND THEN 10 ON THE BOTTOM..

i AM ALSO GOING TO USE A FABRIC THAT HAS A BIT OF STRETCH SO i CAN GO THAT LITTLE BIT MORE FITTED..I AM GOING TO MAKE  IT UP IN A MUSLIN FIRST..CAN'T WAIT TO GET STARTED..
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