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« on: February 12, 2008 08:15:10 PM »

I have a funky shaped body- my shoulders and waist are much, much smaller than my hips. (bust is about 46", can't remember waist, and hips are about 52")  This makes it hard not only to buy clothes, but to make them.  I'm about a size 20-22 in my upper body, and 24 in my hips.  How would I alter a size 22 shirt pattern to include size 24 hips?

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008 01:37:09 PM »

Most patterns will give you the diameter of the hem of the finished shirt.  It's usually printed on the bottom of yardage chart on the back of the envelope.  Many tops today have a lot of ease at the bottom.  If it's not going to be enough, cut your pattern pieces so that you are following the size 24 cut lines on the hip area and taper up to the size 22 cut lines on the top. 

Does that help?  Do you have a specific pattern you are looking at?  Good luck!

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