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Topic: Beginner - don't know where to start with men's shirt pattern sizing  (Read 399 times)
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« on: January 23, 2018 08:57:39 PM »

Background: I'm finally starting to use my sewing machine to do small things like alter jeans and make small (non-clothing) projects. I picked up a pattern for Mimi G's Simplicity Fitted Shirt thinking with help from the videos I could possibly make an item of clothing.

I'm totally lost. I measured my boyfriend today and the sizes are all over the place. I got enough fabric to account for the largest size, but as far as actually using the pattern based on these measurements...I have no idea.

Chest: 38" (size 38)
Waist: 36" (size 42)
Hip: 37" (size 36)
Neck band: 15" (size 38)
Huh

Do I cut out the pattern to size 42 and proceed with that, then drape it on him to take it in? Do I do alterations on the actual pattern tissue? All the videos I'm finding that show how to do this show a very streamlined-size-of-person. Help!
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2018 04:23:50 AM »

You can trace the pattern pieces onto tracing paper (like a roll of sturdy tissue, available in art shops) so you don't use the original. Make a test garment out of some other fabric and alter that, transfer the alterations to the pattern you traced out & you have a custom fit garment pattern. If it's really the wrong size you can trace another from the original pattern which is still intact.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2018 10:13:12 AM »

You can trace the pattern pieces onto tracing paper (like a roll of sturdy tissue, available in art shops) so you don't use the original. Make a test garment out of some other fabric and alter that, transfer the alterations to the pattern you traced out & you have a custom fit garment pattern. If it's really the wrong size you can trace another from the original pattern which is still intact.
Good luck! Smiley

Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2018 11:04:20 AM »

You can trace the pattern pieces onto tracing paper (like a roll of sturdy tissue, available in art shops) so you don't use the original. Make a test garment out of some other fabric and alter that, transfer the alterations to the pattern you traced out & you have a custom fit garment pattern. If it's really the wrong size you can trace another from the original pattern which is still intact.
Good luck! Smiley

Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful. Cheesy

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How is it going for you so far, loopstation?  Did you give your pattern pieces a whirl yet?
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