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Topic: Different sizes on top and bottom? How to adjust a pattern?  (Read 336 times)
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VintageJen1984
« on: April 30, 2009 09:51:43 PM »

So yesterday I posted a question about fabric for Simplicity 3833. Today I bought fabric. (A different fabric because I swung by Hobby Lobby and found something better...) The pattern is for sizes 14-22. I also have pattern 3559 and bought fabric for it. Now I come, with my hat in my hand, to shamefacedly admit I have no idea what I am doing. I have reconned some stuff, and made a dress, which turned out great, but the dress had a wide circle skirt.

3833: http://simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3833
3559:http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=17632

These dresses, as you can see, are A-line.

My measurements: 39-35-49

According to both patterns,
My bust falls directly between size 16 and 18
My waist falls on the smaller side between 20 and 22,
And the biggest problem, my hip is 3 inches larger than the 22.

What really confuses me, is in RTW I wear either 16 or 18 in pants/skirts/dress (usually 14 to 16 on top). I know vanity sizing exists, but when your regular pants size is the 2nd and 3rd of 5 sizes...and then your hips are 3 inches over the fifth size?

Okay, so I figured I would cut the bust at an 18, the waist at a 20, and the hip a little wider than the pattern calls for. As you can see, for the back of 3833 and all of 3559, the top to the bottom is all one piece, so that could be a little complicated.

Is that right? Wrong? What is the protocol in this situation?

Thanks so much for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009 07:33:32 AM »

RTW is different sizing than pattern sizing, for example, I wear a 14/16 in RTW but in patterns I wear a size 18. 

As for your patterns, I think it would be easier to use the pattern for your bust size and adjust the rest to your sizing.  Ahh as I read further I see you are doing just that.  IMO I think it would be easier to adjust that way. 
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Alexus1325
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009 06:15:22 PM »

Sounds like you're doing a great job to me Cheesy
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