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Defining Petite
How can I determine if I am petite?
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Date: 8/10/12 4:47 PM

I have always wanted to know how to determine if someone is Petite? It seems that much of the time Misses sizes are too long in the legs, arms, sometimes rise, and waist length. I would like to know what are the defining measurements for petite!
I may actually be petite and I'd like to know for sure!

Can anyone help?

Thanks,
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Date: 8/10/12 5:29 PM

Some of us are petite all over and others are only partial petites. Under 5'3" is part of it, but I have taller friends who buy petite pants. I am 5'2" and have had to hem every pair of pants I have ever owned (including those labelled petite) except one pair that I suspect we're mislabeled tall capris I have to adapt patterns in the shoulders and back waist length, but not always in total length. Sleeve length, yes! I love my MEC jacket (like REI) that has sleeves that fit me.

So the answer is to find out where you are particularly petite and work from there.

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Date: 8/10/12 5:37 PM

winifred aldrich,in metric pattern cutting for women's wear, gives the following height classes

short: 152-160 cm (60-63 in)
medium:160-172 cm (63-67.5 in)
tall: 172 cm-180 cm (67.5-70.5 in)

Short sizes have the following adjustments (given in centimeters)

nape to waist:−2
scye depth: −0.8
sleeve length: −2.5
waist to knee: −3
waist to floor −5
body rise −l

The tall size adjustments are the same, with opposite sign.

(there are 2.54 cm to the inch)

The first chapter, which covers sizing and the making of the basic blocks is available here (Read Excerpt: Chapter (PDF))
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Date: 8/11/12 8:59 AM

Thanks Ladies! I think this is a good place to start!!
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Date: 8/11/12 9:27 AM

If your feet are under size 7 1/2, you are "petite" among those of us with "skis"! You get all the cute shoes and can shop in Juniors. I wonder why, when Americans are growing, everyone has a Petite Dept., but no Talls?
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Date: 8/11/12 9:43 AM

and to further complicate the answer, I am plus sized so very surprised to learn they would use petite to describe my body type. I need to shorten back length by nearly 2 inches. You will know by comparing your body measurements to patterns. Most are drafted for 5'6"
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Date: 8/11/12 10:04 AM

Does anyone know if the "FIT" models are used for Patterns?
I saw a story on a model who they used just for sizing clothing in size 8. She didn't have the "proper face" for other modeling.
I always have to add bodice length, sleeve and other to patterns.
I think ? there used to be Sizing standards (both in RTW and patterns) which were set years ago, but now some RTW brands play with sizes so women will think they are smaller. Meanwhile, Vintage patterns are all different than today's.
Wish someone would co-ordinate it all! For one, I find New Look's huge.
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Date: 8/11/12 10:14 AM

Quote: gramma b
If your feet are under size 7 1/2, you are "petite" among those of us with "skis"! You get all the cute shoes and can shop in Juniors. I wonder why, when Americans are growing, everyone has a Petite Dept., but no Talls?

Well, this doesn't always work. A relative is petite at 5'2" and she wears a size 10 shoe. Unless they've changed this, Juniors is based on the body, not height. Long gone is the Junior Petite range (again, unless they've changed things).

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Date: 8/11/12 10:36 AM

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and to further complicate the answer, I am plus sized so very surprised to learn they would use petite to describe my body type.

Petite in clothing sizes has always meant "short." I suppose they don't want to just say "short" because it sounds so blunt in English.



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Date: 8/11/12 10:50 AM

The really annoying part is trying to find a dressform in a petite size. Besides custom ordering one ($$$$), there are only the occasional vintage professional forms out there that have shorter measurements. In the adjustable forms, petite equals extra small.
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