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Topic: How hard to majorly downsize a pattern?  (Read 712 times)
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« on: May 20, 2007 04:09:11 PM »

I need a dress pattern to fit my size 3 dd but can't find any patterns that small she likes. I know pattern sizes run different then readymade but she's a tiny but tall 17 year old. It will be her graduation dress. Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2007 06:34:38 PM »

Take your daughter's measurements first - pattern sizes don't run the same as ready-to-wear (for example, a size 5 might wear a pattern size of 8 or 10).  Here's a link on choosing a correct pattern size:


« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007 05:33:17 PM »


that mostly talks about making patterns larger, but it may be of some help.

pattern sizes come quite small. i'm very small boned and maybe 100 lbs, and i wear a 4 (or even a 6 occasionally). i imagine junior sizes are even smaller, at least in the hips. if the pattern needs to be resized by more than one size, i'd stay away from it, unless it's very simple, because it's more than a matter of making things smaller; you will need to reproportion the pieces, and that is really really difficult.
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007 06:14:22 PM »

Go by your daughters measurements and you should have no trouble with any of the top 4 pattern companies.  My daughter is 18 and wears a 0 or a 1 in most ready to wear.  But both she and i have made garments using a 7/8 in the Jr's. or a 6 in the misses.  The Juniors have more of the styles teens like.

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