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charity
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2006 08:04:37 PM »

The finished garment measurement says 46 for a size 18. That's a little bit small for my hips but not by much.  I think I'll just go ahead and do the mockup in muslin. 

Thanks! 
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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2006 08:38:19 PM »

I'm so glad I saw this thread. I have been avoiding making anything for myself for years because of sizing. I'm about a 3/5 in retail sizes. Pattern of a skirt said I should be a 12, I made the 10. It was huge so I gave to my sister, who's a retail 9, & it fit her so perfect. Lame. Lame. Lame.
The last thing I made was a Ren Faire costume & I just ignored the measurements & made the smallest size in the package. Perfect fit. I'm starting my Halloween costume early so I make sure it fits right otherwise it will be craptastic.

Good luck, charity. Keep us posted on how it comes out.
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« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2006 08:46:29 PM »

I'm so glad I saw this thread. I have been avoiding making anything for myself for years because of sizing. I'm about a 3/5 in retail sizes. Pattern of a skirt said I should be a 12, I made the 10. It was huge so I gave to my sister, who's a retail 9, & it fit her so perfect. Lame. Lame. Lame.
The last thing I made was a Ren Faire costume & I just ignored the measurements & made the smallest size in the package. Perfect fit.

Wow, almost the same thing happened to me. I'm a retail 5/6 pants & 3/4 dress, but when I checked my measurements with a pattern for a peasant blouse, it told me to make 10. So I did ... and I was swimming in it! So I went to make the laced bodice from the pattern, and I decided to go with the smallest size (4). It turned out to be too small though, so I reduced the seam allowance as much as possible. Now it fits quite snugly.  Cheesy

Yay pattern sizing. I've also gone the other way and added extra inches to a kids pattern, and it has worked for me in the past.
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« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2006 09:52:36 PM »

uugh! i hate pattern sizes. my mom made my wedding dress and ended up having to cut the pattern out 3 sizes bigger than i really am..... they always seem to make you feel like that.
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« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2006 10:14:39 PM »

I don't know if this has been said, but if you intend on sewing clothing patterns, you're going to have to learn to adjust patterns before you sew, or sew a pretest first, and then sew the actual garment. Our body shapes are so different from each other, let alone the "perfect" measurements they use to guage each size in the major pattern companies that it's impossible for everyone to fit the sizes they make for us as they are. I suggest going to the library or the bookstore and trying to find a book on altering patterns, or adjusting patterns. Usually you would slash and spread a pattern, but you can do that on practice fabric instead of the pattern peices if you wish. And for hips, it's really not that hard to adjust.

Use the pattern that corresponds with your waist and go from there. You could even mark down your measurements on your pattern and draw a smooth line from the waist part to the hip part, and then follow the rest of the pattern if you want to try that. The outcome may not look exactly the same, but it's a quick way to try it on.
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« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2006 10:21:20 PM »

Thank you so much for posting this. I bought my first pattern the other day and my mum who came to town for my B'day decided to teach me to sew. I'm a size 18, and we cut a size 22. In the end it still didn't fit. I made my first shirt easily, but I couldn't fit into it. I was so upset I wanted to cry. Thankfully my mum was here, and she worked her mum magic so it now fits. But for a day there I was feeling truly huge, like circus / freak show huge. In simplicity sizes my bust is a size 22 and the rest of me is a 24-26. If I wear a pair of 20 jeans they fall off. Go figure. Your post really makes me feel better, with all it's replies I know I'm not alone. Thanks again.
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charity
« Reply #26 on: September 09, 2006 12:06:43 PM »

Okay, I made a mock up in about an hour using muslin in the size 18.

It fits!

Whoo hoo. 

Here's a picture of the mock up.  I only did the side seams and the darts.

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« Reply #27 on: September 09, 2006 12:45:07 PM »

Thanks, but I'm not teeny.  I weigh 190 lbs.  I just carry it proportionally. Although, I am not an 18 in the stores.  I'm closer to a 12-14 maybe even a sixteen if they run small. 
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« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2006 08:09:48 PM »

You can never go by the size on the envelope.  You have to measure the actual pattern.  And, the size that you use for a pattern absolutely does not determine what size you really are, or would buy in a store.  I do not know who the heck is the "sizing wizard" anyway.  Sometimes something says 2X and I cant get it on, then another item will be a 16 and fits fine, which is probably a XL.  Anyway, whoever sets the sizes is an idiot most of the time. 

And no, you are not very big!!!!
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« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2006 08:29:00 PM »

i have a same-but kinda different problem, too.  i'm a 14-16 old navy jeans, which people have told me, "run bigger actually" (with an, i swear, a snide-snootiness to their tone-bad word women!!)...my top is about 20-22 (yes, i look like a ship's prow when walking).  i absolutely HATE the butterick patterns. i got a pattern for a top i really liked, but couldn't find in stores kinda thing.  and the stupid thing was like being wrapped in an eggroll! and the pattern sizes only went up to size 22, so i was SOL.  Roll Eyes my hubby & i ended up making a dressform out of duct tape, etc...and i've not looked back since.  it was harder, and more miss than hit the first few times, but i got the hang of it eventually.  coming across this post made me go, "HAH!!" here i was griping, thinking i was the only one singled out for sewing torture, now i can have my hubby read this & feel vindicated-i ranted a good hour after the blouse fiasco-while he thought i did something wrong, which, in turn gave me an excuse to channel my rants on his head.  Wink
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