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janice844
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Date: 12/1/11 12:51 PM

Hi Everyone,
I have just measured myself! Bust 39 Waist 31 Hip 42
5' 4 1/2" tall with chubby-ish upper arms.......

I've just ventured out after being ill for a week - heading for a fabric shop which I've only been in once before. As I wanted to get home before my husband, (he might moan that I've been out!) I was in a bit of a hurry! I wanted some wool-looking jersey to make a long drape/waterfall cardigan but there was nothing I fancied so I was a bit disappointed. Then all of a sudden I saw some cream, slightly boucle, boiled wool, I took it off the shelf and put it on top of a Burda pattern book, to have a closer look..... I looked at the cover of the book and noticed Burda 7275, and coat A on the front cover, to be made in ''fulled fabrics'' ..... I have been drawing coats and big cardigans for college all week and I do like a big glamorous collar, and I'm supposed to be designing for Wool. I don't have to make anything until January but as sewing is my favourite pastime I thought I was definitely meant to have this pattern and fabric, especially as the other boiled wools were 13 a metre, this was 8.25. I can't believe it happened like it did. I could fiddle on all week making a pattern but then this one is more or less how I wanted it! I will make a pattern for something else.......
I looked for a review but can't find one, I presume it's a newish pattern? But I did notice a couple of members had it already. The saleslady advised me to wash my boiled wool and it's currently going round on a wool cycle. I've had a look at the pattern sizing and another, older post about Burda sizing and now I'm confused which size to make. I'm a soft furnisher really and only just started making clothes, and I've never used a Burda pattern. I know some patterns make up huge but this is not a fitted garment anyway. I just get annoyed when some of my big cardigans fall off my shoulders, or sometimes the armholes seem to be too low down/or there's not quite big enough fabric on the bust/front which can pull on the front of the armholes. I know this is a coat not a cardigan and it's not stretch knitting but I would like to make the effort to make it fit me nicely as at college we have to make only UK size 12, so I don't make much for myself now.
Any help with the sizing/alterations would be much appreciated.

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Date: 12/1/11 3:15 PM

Burda size chart

I would start off with a 44 bust but trace down to a 42 for the waist and back up to a 44 for the hip. Burda is not as generous with their ease as other companies so make sure you go up rather than down if you are between two sizes. If you measure your bicep you'll know what size to use for the sleeves. Some people find Burda shoulders very broad for their build so that's something else you should measure and compare to the size chart before cutting.

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Date: 12/1/11 5:22 PM

What is your high bust m'ment?

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Date: 12/2/11 4:48 AM

Hi,
Thank you for the size advice. My high bust measurement is 38"
The lady in the shop advised me to wash my boiled wool, I did this on a short wool wash and I've just spent ages steaming it, I held the iron near but didn't 'iron' or drag the fabric. As it was a large piece of fabric I'd had to fold it to dry and it had gone lumpy and distorted on the fold, I have managed to shrink it back down with copious amounts of steam from my industrial iron. (It was like a sauna!)
Last night I had a look on the Internet at sewing boiled wool, it's obviously not easy, I would think it will stretch, I haven't bought any tape for the seams though and wondering if I'll need this? I'm a very accurate and capable machinist but only in soft furnishings, never in clothing, that's why I have to ask! I'm more concerned with cutting it out first, it's obviously shrunk and I may not even have enough now, I will just have to go back for more for the sleeves if it won't fit on. What I'm wondering is, would you steam it some more and slightly stretch it now, or just cut out in it's shrunken state? It's has a bumpy, shrunken surface and is definitely nowhere near flat.
As usual, what starts with a very easy looking garment to sew, has ended up being more complicated that it looks.....

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