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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Burda pattern and sizing correctly ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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DianaSewLee
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Date: 9/26/12 2:59 PM

Hi. Im relatively new to the sewing world. I purchased burda pattern 114A top from burda style. I printed it from home and all went well assembling the pattern. In measurements according to burda im a 46. This pattern only went up to 42. I figured id still make it at a 42 for practice and hope too lose enough weight the wear it soon ( i have a 6 month old). Anyways i made the top and added in the seam allowances. The shirt however is very large on me. I have taken in both sides at least 2 inches. Which is crazy to me. I am using a heavier weight stretch sweater material. But without all of the alterations ive done i would be swimming in it. My question is if this is typical of burda patterns. I have gone back and rechecked my size at least 10 times. I guess im hesitant to order another pattern if this is the normal

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Date: 9/26/12 3:50 PM

No, Burda usually fits very true to size. Are you sure you should have added seam allowances? I trace from the magazine and you have to add them. If you buy a printed envelope pattern they are included. But I don't know about buying from the website.
Did you tell your printer not to scale to size? That can change the dimensions of a printout. You need to tell it to print "Actual Size" (a radio button you click).

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Date: 9/26/12 3:58 PM

A few things (BeeBee beat me to it on a couple of them, lol) -- first, can someone who downloads from Burda Style confirm whether you're supposed to add seam allowances to downloaded patterns? I'm not sure. I've never downloaded a Burda pattern.

Second, did your pattern pages print to exactly the same dimensions as the original? I've heard that sometimes this needs to be checked.

Third thing, was your fabric super-stretchy?

Fourth thing, since your size is up a bit because you're a new mom (congratulations ), your frame is no doubt still a smaller size.

I'm not sure what else it could be. No, Burda sizing is normally very accurate -- sleek but not tight... it's rare for people to report that a Burda pattern has been really oversized on them.

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Date: 9/27/12 4:07 PM

Thanks for the feed back. It must just be my extreme stretch fabric. I know the pattern printed correctly. Weird bu i guess its just part of the learning curve. Thanks again

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Date: 9/27/12 6:01 PM

I've downloaded from Burdastyle and you do have to read carefully. Some of the patterns do already have seam allowances and some don't. I have to make note of that on every major pattern piece since I'm used to the magazine and adding SAs.

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