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Deb Fox
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Date: 1/26/12 10:48 AM

I know this has been covered before, but why oh why can't patterns be drafted closer to RTW sizes? I take a size 10 in RTW, in just about every department and discount store brand including most of the designers....without alterations, except for a little length, because I am petite. But when I try to get a pattern to fit, the alterations are just nightmarish.....I just went to Ross last night and bought several dresses, all size 10 that will require no alterations and look wonderful. I know I shouldn't complain, but I love to sew, and would just love to find a pattern company that mimics this sizing....I think I am going to take several of those dresses and make a rub off of them and find similar styles in several of the pattern companies and see if I can figure out the closest sizing without all those crazy alterations!

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Date: 1/26/12 11:03 AM

Some of the pr people here like the burda, burda patterns and the vogue. Mostly the pattern are made our sizes in mind. RTW are made to make us feel good in size. Now when i was growing up i wore a size 12. I made my clothes in a pattern a size 10-12 depends where it was needed. Now I wear a 14 in RTW and in a pattern A size 16-18-20 , what happen here!
I like the kwick sew, burda, burda patterns vogue those seem to fit me pretty good with minior adjustments. I can't forget trudy jensen.trudy web page for all her patterns

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Date: 1/26/12 11:03 AM

Deb,

Maybe this is why so many folks are having such good luck with Style Arc patterns. Many posters have said the fit resembles RTW.

Perhaps RTW does not use the "Wolf" dress form deminsions to produce the patterns for clothes. Whenever I see a Wolf dress form I can't help but wonder why this body shape was ever invented.

I feel your pain.

Woggy

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Date: 1/26/12 1:10 PM

It's been said here before, and it struck a chord with me, that RTW NEEDS to fit, they can't have thousands of women reject clothes because of bad fit, so they make fit a priority and spend the time and money to do so. Pattern makers for the home sewer simply do not have the time or capital to do that, being such a small business.


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Date: 1/26/12 3:12 PM

That's a good point, and the patterns that fit me the best and most reliably, without a lot of futzing, are those of Loes Hinse--who also maintains a retail store where she sells garments made from her own patterns (or perhaps it's the other way around and the patterns are the result of good designs that have sold well). She has seen her designs on a lot of different body types, and it seems she has taken this opportunity to make her patterns work in a more general way and still be flattering to the wearer.

In any case, it's a valid observation that RTW generally seems to fit a lot of people fairly well right off the hanger (well, pants are a different story, for me at least).

Perhaps it is time for the Big 4 pattern companies to do another re-draft of their basic blocks and reproportion them to better match the current feminine body shape and size. They have not done this since 1972, I believe. For obvious reasons, this process would be tremendously expensive, though! Can you imagine re-tooling the whole patternmaking industry?

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Date: 1/26/12 7:42 PM

Can you copy the dresses that fit you?


Think about it, is the point to follow a pattern, or is it to make garments that fit you?

Take apart a dress and turn it into your pattern.

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Date: 1/26/12 7:52 PM

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In any case, it's a valid observation that RTW generally seems to fit a lot of people fairly well right off the hanger (well, pants are a different story, for me at least).

I disagree. I think RTW does NOT fit a lot of people *well* right off the hanger. I see that every day. But those people have no choice and many of them have no experience with what really fits well so they are basically ignorant and accepting. And, really, non-sewers don't notice the same things we do about fit anyway so in this case, ignorance can be and usually is bliss.

My first thought about Deb was that maybe she was being more forgiving of RTW since it *is* ready, and too hard on her own sewing/fitting because she has higher expectations of it.

I've not really found Big 3/4 pattern sizing to be any more inconsistent than RTW. I win some, I lose some - just like in shopping/trying on. Except it's a much faster process trying on RTW.

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Date: 1/26/12 7:54 PM

Also, my suggestion is to forget the number. MEASURE the RTW that fits you and cut your patterns to mimic those *finished* measurements.

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Date: 1/26/12 8:11 PM

I don't even know my RTW size. On those rare occasions when I buy clothes I just eyeball them, try them on and then look at the tag out of curiosity. My size appears to be anything between 8 and 14

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Date: 1/26/12 8:19 PM

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I think RTW does NOT fit a lot of people *well* right off the hanger.

I agree. Of course it depends what the garment is and what the person's body type is, but still.

Before I discovered Burda and Ottobre Woman, I would have said the same thing as the OP about typical patterns and their fit -- you never know what you're going to get from one time to the next. Mind you, that's been my experience with trying on RTW as well -- the fit is all over the map.

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