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« on: April 29, 2006 09:55:53 PM »

Hi guys!

I have a question for those of you who have used McCall's patterns before. I've found my size according to the size chart, but I was wondering: Do the completed garments fit well?

I ask because the dress I want to make (M4828) is meant to have a fitted bodice, and I want it to fit my body well. I don't want it being too lose or anything like that.

Also, have any of you used this particular pattern before?

Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2006 10:09:15 PM »

I have made jammies from McCall's, that's it I believe, but when I made them, I used my measurements. I have No idea what went wrong. They were HUGE, by at least 3 sizes (and I wear myjammies big). I also made jammies for my brother in law, and my niece, according to their measurememts too. Ah NO. I actually had my sister measure my niece inseam and thigh, and waist, and altered as I went. When I make anything, I always am trying it on as I go.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2006 10:22:36 AM »

all patterns from the big 3/4 companies are generic, they are made by measuring a size 10 dress form and grading up and down from there.

if you are the size and shape of the dress form, then they will fit exactly.  Smiley  otherwise, you should always expect to make at least a few adjustments.

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2006 02:07:40 PM »

Rostitchery, does that mean if I'm meant to be a size 10 and I use that pattern size, the dress will fit properly?
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2006 03:11:09 PM »

not necessarily.

the dressform might be a different length from neck to waist.  it might have wider or more narrow shoulders than you have.  the bust is always a B-cup--is yours?

the pattern is just a template.  you should measure it to determine what changes you should make. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2006 03:17:44 PM »

Don't go by what the measurements say on the envelope.  Get the pattern pieces out and measure them.  If it is fitted you may need to make different pieces different sizes.  None of us are a generic size, I don't know what they are thinking.  So I mean for example, if you are big busted say you might need a 16 bust piece but a 14 torso or something like that.  But make sure you measure yourself and then the actual pattern to figure out what size to make.

« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2006 08:23:25 PM »

This is why I've always been scared of using patterns.

I'm not a "perfect" size 10. My bust and hip size is an 8, but my waist circumference is 25 (waist circumference for size 8 is 24). So....I'm not sure what to do. It makes sense to adjust the pattern as appropriate. I just hope that my clothing teacher will be able to help me out with it.

Thanks so much for all your help!
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2006 07:30:29 AM »

I'm a size 10 everywhere except my waist -- it's a size 12 according to the patterns.  The only time I have to worry about it is when I'm making a skirt or pants with a waistband that falls RIGHT ON my waist.  Then I make a 12.  Otherwise, I've always made a 10 and it works out fine.  Remember, you have 5/8ths of an inch in the inseam if you need to let something out around the waist. 

I would baste a few seams and fit the dress before sewing to see if you need to let out the waist a bit.  You can also lay out the pattern pieces on the floor and flat-measure and compare to something you already have that fits around the waist.  Then you'll see if they are allowing enough room for your measurements. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2006 10:25:38 PM »

I am nowhere near a perfect size 10 (my waist and hip have a huge discrepancy in size, and I'm small on top), and through lots of trial and error (i.e. a couple of angry/teary breakdowns), I've discovered that it's just a lot easier for me to make a muslin first for pretty much every garment I make.

It is a lot of extra work but it really pays off for me in the long run, because instead of having an ill-fitting garment out of nice fabric, I have an less-than-ill-fitting tester piece that I can easily modify that's made out of a crappy sheet or something.  I usually buy patterns based on my bust or chest measurement, and then adjust the waist and hip as needed...usually making them bigger. Wink

I've also taken to making the bust pieces from muslin, and then just sewing them to my favorite A-line or circle skirt pattern.  It's cheating (yep, I'm a deviant!)........but it makes the garment a little bit more unique, which I am always in favor of.   Cheesy

P.S.  If you're looking for a good book on fitting and alterations, try "Fitting Finesse" by Nancy Zieman.  I ALWAYS consult it before doing any pattern adjustments....it's worth its weight in gold for me.  (I bought my copy used on Amazon.)

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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2006 08:48:24 PM »

You girls have been so helpful! Thanks for all of your input Cheesy
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