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« on: April 30, 2006 08:41:35 PM »

So I found this pattern that I really like that is a "misses petite" pattern.

I'm 5'10 and sorta curvy, so I doubt I'm exactly petite. However the pattern goes up to size 22, so I think I"m okay there...

I guess what I'm asking is this: does petite refer to any particular proportion or dimension (ie shorter torso) or does it just refer to someone who is short and thin?

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2006 09:03:23 PM »

Petite usually refers to patterns designed for someone who's shorter than average, I think 5'4" is the usual petite size? So the sleeves, torso, and hem are shorter. So it may not be a good pattern for you, regardless of the dress size that you wear! Sad!

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2006 09:29:15 PM »

i think it would depend on the style of the garment and your comfort level with adapting patterns- as a petite person, i generally change length measurements in regular patterns (although width measurements should be checked too, just in case)  petite patterns usually dont assume things like boobs or anything.... i think it could be possible, as most of the patterns i fall in love with aren't petite... sort of the opposite way of working from how i do things Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2006 10:41:29 PM »

you will just have to do the opposite of what us petite people already do - measure the length of everything, slice and stretch accordingly. petite doesnt mean thin, just shorter in certain places.  you will have to do the typical bust adjustments that you always have to do, unless you're a B (since i think all patterns, petite or regular, are cut for a B cup.. i could be wrong)


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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2006 10:44:09 PM »

Yeah, you may have to get a new pattern or do a lot of modification to the one you have. I have to make all my petites shorter. I have to take about 4-6 inches off of my things.  Roll Eyes


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