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Topic: How to Determine which size pattern to use.  (Read 754 times)
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« on: April 02, 2012 08:00:22 PM »

I haven't sewn clothing in years. I bought a Simplicity skirt pattern. If I measure my waist, it says I should use a size 20. My hip measurements say to make a size 16. In reality I'm kind of between an 8 and a 10. Am I reading this completely wrong? How true to size are patterns these days.

Thanks Kris


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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012 08:10:41 AM »

Pattern sizes don't match up to the sizes of ready made clothing. In this case where you're making a skirt, which size you cut depends a little on the style of skirt. If it is fitted at the waist but loose on the hips, just cut for the waist.
On any pattern, one way to do it is to cut the largest size you match then take in the other parts since that's easier than trying to make parts larger. This changes a little depending on what you're making, for example you'd pick by bust measurement for a blouse because that matters the most, and hip or waist for a skirt.
What you have to consider also is how much ease (looseness for wearing or style) there is in a pattern. A lot of modern sewing patterns add way more ease than people need - you need some so you can move comfortably, but often not as much as given. So, what you'd want to do is find where on your pattern it says "finished garment measurements." Sometimes it's printed on the tissue paper, sometimes the instructions depending on brand. Compare these to your measurements. If the piece you're making is supposed to be loosely fitted, pick a size that will fit you loosely, but if it's something that is supposed to fit snug, pick one closest to your measurements then adjust.
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012 09:49:42 AM »

Thanks for the info. I'll do a little more measuring and testing. Kris


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