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Topic: McCall Dress Patterns -- True to Size?  (Read 2220 times)
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« on: May 18, 2006 08:48:30 AM »

Hi Gals-

Drawing on your experiences...is a size 20 in McCalls REALLY a size 20? (ie what I get at say Old Navy?) When I bought the pattern, I checked the bust size etc.  and thought to add about a half an inch to the pattern.  I normally wear a 18 or a tight (gasping for air) 16. I know patterns generally run small.  Do you think I need to add more?  Thanks so much ladies!  I am a re constructor by nature, I haven't done a pattern in FOREVER!

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2006 08:57:22 AM »

McCall's and Simplicity tend to run big in my experience... sometimes *really* big (a 14 that was listed as "fitted" had 20+ inches of extra around the chest and hips, we won't go into the extra around the waist   Cheesy  )

try measuring a garment you like the fit of (a shirt for example if you are doing a shirt pattern) and compare those numbers to the ones on the envelope under "finished garment measurements" that'll give you a better idea if you need to add and how much.


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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2006 09:25:55 AM »

I just made two skirts using Simplicity 5914.

The patterns matched the measurements on the back of the package fairly well but not normal store sizes. In store bought clothes I normally wear any where from a size six to a size two (can you say vanity sizing?). Based on the measurements on the pattern package I made the size 12.  On my first attempt the skirt was WAY too tight, like sausage skin too tight. So I ripped out some of the seams and sewed them back up with a smaller seam allowance.  I think the pattern was fine, I just sewed the seams too big.

It all worked out fine in the end.

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2006 09:27:35 AM »

I tend to ignore the numbers at the top (20, 18, whatever) and go for the "To Fit" numbers that they give you.  The other thing to look at is how much ease there is, and the style/fit you like in clothes.

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