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Date: 4/1/12 5:09 PM

I'm kind of embarrassed to be asking this, as I really should know, considering I've been sewing for years.
However I havent sewn much at all for quite a while and my mind is blank. Also, one of my biggest 'issues' with sewing has always been getting the sizing right.
So, I want to make Simplicity 2633
I will be making the vest, with ruffle, as pictured on the left of the pattern photo. I will be making it out of a soft boiled merino and will be lining it with panne velvet (unless anyone advises me this isnt a good idea for any reason).
My bust measurement is 34".
So do I make a size 12, as the pattern's 'Body Measurements' say, or do I make a size 4, based on the stated 'Finished Garment Measurements'?
Thats a huge difference in sizes.
Do I go by the body measurements, or the finished garment measurements?
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Date: 4/1/12 5:17 PM

If you measure your bust as 34", and you are a B cup, make the size 12 which corresponds with it.

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Date: 4/1/12 5:21 PM

Go by body measurement. The finished garment measurements include inches for ease.

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Date: 4/1/12 5:24 PM

Thank you. I did initially think I should use the body measurements, but when I looked at the finished garment measurement, its seemed like the vest would be huge. But I guess I will be wearing another top underneath.
Thanks so much for your help :)

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Date: 4/1/12 7:17 PM

Make a muslin and check the fit first. I have a 34 inch full bust, 31 inch high bust. I have small shoulders and tiny bones. I'd make an 8.....on my small frame, more than 3 inches of ease at the bust is just toooo much fabric.

My daughter also has a 34" full bust, 33" high bust. She is just bigger boned and smaller busted. I make a 10 or 12 for her....

So it's a hard question to answer. I always guage off of high bust or the neckline and shoulders tend to be way too big.

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Date: 4/1/12 7:23 PM

I would use the finished garment measurements BUUTT you have to measure a finished garment to figure what size this should be. It has nothing to do with your body measurement. If you have a vest or something similar that you like the fit of in your closet, measure that and find the corresponding finished garment measurements on the pattern.

The size 12 in your pattern assumes you like 5" of ease. Is this too loose? Is this too tight? Depends on the individual. That's why I don't use the body measurements.

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Date: 4/1/12 7:29 PM

How much ease do you want? It depends on your build and how you like to wear your clothes. Matching the finished garment measurements to your body measurements will be too tight for anything but a tight-fitting knit with stretch. But Simplicity does tend to run bigger (more ease) than most people prefer. For me, 5" is way too much for almost any fitted garment.

I would guess ~3" would be something around what I'd like. Figure that out and then you can figure out what size to start with. Vogue has a "http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/ease-chart-pages-347.php">recommended ease chart that suggests 3-4" of ease at the bust for a fitted blouse.

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Date: 4/2/12 9:30 AM

I recently came across this and thought it a rather interesting concept. Let's see if I can post a link


-- Edited on 4/2/12 9:31 AM -- Choosing the right size
-- Edited on 4/2/12 9:32 AM --

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