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What are the sizes in this book?
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Date: 1/6/12 11:26 AM

I like the look of some of the patterns offered here, but I'm skeptical that patterns designed for Japanese women will fit someone who's 5'9 and a size 10 with DD. Does anyone have the book? Would you mind sharing the size range? Strangely, it's not available on the amazon preview or the iterweave website.

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Date: 1/6/12 7:29 PM

I have recently purchased this book. The sizes go from XS to L, the bust fits from 32" to 37", the waist 25 3/4" to 29 1/2" and the hips 35 1/2" to 40". I am larger than the size range but some of the patterns have plenty of wearing ease and the pieces are fairly rectangular so should be fairly easy to grade up. DISCLAIMER I haven't tried this yet or sewn any yet

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Date: 1/6/12 7:49 PM

I'm working on two of the patterns now. The first one, pattern #1 gave a finished size of 41" including ease for the bust. I'm larger, so I added some inches and used 1" seam allowances. I'm currently removing most of my additions! .the second, 8A, gives a finished size of bust 50.5". I'm making that as given and just about ready to sew my (hopefully) wearable muslin. The tissue fit went well. The shoulder widths have matched up with a rtw shirt of mine with a good fit.

I do like the fact that the finished length of the sleeve is given and both patterns have lines that have matched up, despite my somewhat freehand method of tracing.

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Date: 1/6/12 8:39 PM

Glad to hear that the patterns are working out for you. Pattern 1 and pattern 7c are on my radar.

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Date: 1/9/12 6:45 PM

Sounds like they might have enough ease for me to squeak into the largest size. Thanks for the info!

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Date: 1/9/12 7:36 PM

8A, with it's 50" bust+ease is fitting well. I generally sew a 16/18 and hope to post a review tomorrow. When I looked it up, the large size ran between the Big 4 14/16 pattern size. Good luck with yours!

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Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 1/12/12 10:47 AM

hello, i was interested in getting this book but recently found out that the pattern pieces DO NOT have the "standard" 5/8 seam allowance included. for those of you who have this book and have started the projects, how have you dealt with this when tracing off the patterns? does the book give any guidelines about this? are you wishing, for time and accuracy's sake, that the book did have seam allowances included in each pattern piece?

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Date: 1/12/12 11:29 AM

Most traceable patterns do not include the seam allowances. Different countries and companies do use others than 5/8". The book does say to add the seam allowances after you place your pieces on the fabric. Since a lot of the patterns have mostly straigth lines, this was quite easy. I marked a piece of cardboard (from a bias tape package) at the 5/8" and went around the pattern and made a dot. Then I connected the dots.

It is easier to adjust patterns without seam allowances and does make one set less of lines when tracing. I did have problems with one of the patterns I was tracing as it is. The pieces are marked next to the pattern. One had three different sleeves layered on each other..Once I figured out the description was next, it got a lot easier.

On the sizing, I generally sew a US 18. I did numbers 8a and b in the size large with no adjustments for size. I could have gone down to a medium. Since most of these patterns are oversized look and not closely fitted, theamount of ease is really personal preference.

A few more buttonholes and buttons and I will be posting the review later today, if you are interested.

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 1/12/12 1:48 PM

I did get the review for pattern 8a & b posted...
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I have two others traced and partially fitted, but they will have to wait a bit while I get caught up with the Stash Contest sewing.

How is everyone else doing on your patterns?

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2009-113.25 yds
2010-115.5
2011-80.25+30+donated
2012 86.3 yds..
2013 21.0
Everyone who sews seriously has a stockpile of fabrics, because it is natural to purchase more than can be sewn in any one season" Singer, Timesaving Sewing, 1987

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Date: 1/13/12 4:17 PM

Thank you so much for your very thorough and good review of Pattern 8. I have just today started my first pattern from this book, and I chose Pattern 1a - the wrap-around dress. I so agree with you about the tracing issues - it took a little getting used to and was more difficult that I expected, as the pattern lines don't quite follow conventional pattern norms. I am a newbie seamstress, so I most likely had more difficulty than others.
Now I have a question that I am somewhat embarrassed to ask, but I really don't have a clue.
Pattern 1a has a single pattern piece marked as both Front and Back Skirt. I think I understand from the instructions how these are to be used when laying out my pattern pieces, but there is a mark on the fold line of the pattern that I do not understand. It shows a bttom corner of the skirt being folded back upon itself. What am I supposed to do about that when laying out my pattern on the fabric? I am a bit confused and am hoping someone may be able to explain this to me. There is no reference to this mark in the instructions. Thanks all!

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