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« on: December 28, 2012 10:44:08 AM »

Hi! I bought the pattern last year, but got the wrong size. Now, I want to make something similar again, but don't really want to spend more. I know it's not incredibly expensive, but I'm am pretty darn broke right now!

So, does anyone know and free pattern downloads similar to this: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6324-products-13865.php?page_id=101

Plus size (18 or 20) would be awesome, but not necessary.
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2012 10:54:24 AM »

Have you tried Burdastyle's freebies? They sometimes have good stuff on there...you rarely see fitted/princess-seamed stuff on blogs and such, so Burda might be your best bet. Also, according to an email I got today, all of McCall's and Butterick are on sale (on their parent site) for $2.99 this week- you'd still have S&H to cope with, but the base price isn't bad. One other suggestion: if you have a Walmart with a sewing and crafting section, and they carry patterns, chances are that you can pick this one up for very little dinero, and NO S&H. Best of luck!

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012 08:09:31 PM »

Perhaps look into how to grade a pattern to fit? It takes a lot of time, patience and math, but it CAN be done.

Also, the big pattern companies are notorious for too much ease. I generally start with a pattern 2 sizes smaller than what the size chart tells me to use (this works for me because I am quite short-waisted). The best way to determine if a pattern will fit properly is to measure the pattern pieces and subtract the seam allowances. A dress like the one you linked should only have one to two inches of wearing ease (meaning the garment is one to two inches larger than you are). So try measuring the bustline, waistline, and hipline of the size 16 (subtracting the seam allowances) and see what you get. Don't subtract a seam allowance from edges that are "on the fold," I made that mistake once and confused myself quite well Tongue

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