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« on: December 28, 2007 02:31:22 PM »

I've been sewing for about 2 months now, making bags & purses & whatnot...I think I am ready to make a garment.  I bought Simplicity 3893. I'm going to make view A.  I've seen view B on here before, and I really liked it...I bought cheap walmart fabric, for the first one...we'll see how it turns out, then I'll get a nicer fabric and do it again...

Does anyone have any advice for a first garment?  I bought the pattern that has my RTW size, but I will have to measure myself to see which size to actually make.  Do patterns tend to run big or small or same as RTW?

Say a little prayer for me this weekend...we'll see how it goes!!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2007 03:47:22 PM »

Hiya, good luck on taking the plunge into garment making  Smiley
Regarding patterns, check your measurements BEFORE buying a pattern as RTW sizes are waaay different to pattern sizes!
I'm at least 2 sizes bigger when uses pattern size rather than RTW sizing.
Measuring yourself accurately is the key to success  Grin
also, most sewing patterns are designed for a B cup bust so any bigger and you'll need adjustments.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007 02:09:36 PM »

Do patterns tend to run big or small or same as RTW?
I would recommend taking your measurements and comparing them to the size chart on the pattern.  Some run small, some super small, and some similar to RTW.  It's even worse than trying to find a RTW "standard" size.
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2007 06:45:13 AM »

Thanks so much for the help!  I'll def measure myself!

Thanks again!!!

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2007 07:51:39 AM »

Also, since this is the curvy board, I have to point out[1]... if you're above a B or C cup you may want to look into the instructions for a full bust adjustment, and how to compensate for that when measuring yourself.
Some good links are here for different kinds of tops.

Most commercial patterns are cut to a B cup, even plus size ones are rarely larger than a C unless it is one that offers options for different bust sizes.  So if you just go by bust measurement and you're, say, a DDD, you might find the neck and shoulders are waaay too big when you're done.
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