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Zoolover
« on: October 08, 2012 07:17:26 PM »

I got simplicity pattern 3568, and was about to start making view A, but am not sure what size to cut it out for. If I was going based on bust it would be size 22w, but based on waist it would be 26w.

I have made on shirt before, 10 years ago in home ec class where I had a teacher I could ask for help every step of the way.

I'm afraid that if I make it based on bust measurement it would be to small in the waist, but if I make it for the waist size it would be to big up top.

measurements are: Bust 44, under-bust 38 waist 42

Thank you in advance for any help.
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2012 09:15:32 AM »

Here's a few resources you may find useful:

Pattern Review (requires free membership for a lot of it)
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/digest.pl
http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/9531

BurdaStyle
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/read-a-pattern
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-transfer-pattern-or-how-to-save-money
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/how-to-shorten-or-lengthen-a-pattern

Craftster
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=355974.0

I always trace patterns onto waxed paper that I tape together into large enough pieces. That way, you can trace out the changes you would need to make at the waist. Yes, you really can just draw the line out in a smooth curve to size 26w. If your bust cup size is a C or larger, you'll need to do a Full Bust Adjustment to get the correct fit and choose your (main) pattern size based on your upper bust measure instead of your full bust measure. That way, the shoulders and armpits will fit correctly.

I would also recommend using a cheap fabric like broadcloth or a bedsheet from the thrift store to make a mock-up first. That way, if the fit is total crap, you won't have to scrap the whole project.

Best of luck with your sewing adventure!
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