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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Maternity pants for a friend ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/20/13 9:09 PM

I'm making some maternity pants for a friend...most likely these Burda 7239. She says that she's normally an 8 in most RTW pants. What size should I make??? She lives across the country so I can't exactly measure her.

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Date: 5/25/13 2:01 PM

Sorry, but there is no way to compare ready to wear and sewing pattern sizes. You have to use the body measurements shown on the pattern envelope. This is because no retail manufacturer or pattern designer uses the same model for their base size -the hip measure and torso shape they start with.

A measurement tape is an inexpensive item that is easy to find. Have your friend buy one and take her measurements. Or have her ask a neighbor to do it for her.

In pants, you select the pattern size by the hip measurement. Think of it like a column that must circle the hip, like a straight skirt would. The other areas are made smaller by side seam shaping and darts. The maternity panel will take care of the waist.

Minimal Measurements for Pants

1. Widest part of hip for pattern size. The widest hip level line for most women is where the buttocks sticks out the furthest from the side view. For some women it is lower, if their thighs widen out lower down from the front view. This is often referred to as saddlebags. You use whichever measure is the largest. Remember. The column of fabric must go around your widest part.

2. Length -waist to top of inseam
Sit in chair. Measure with ruler from waist to chair bottom + 1/2".

3. Length -top of inseam to bottom of hem for leg length.
Measure tape inside of leg from crotch to hem. When comparing to pattern, be sure to allow for the hem.

About Length -most Misses patterns are designed for a woman that is 5'6" tall with a well proportioned body -not short or long waisted, not short or long legged.
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Date: 5/25/13 2:17 PM

Could you have her send you her measurements?

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Date: 5/25/13 3:16 PM

If she can send her hip measurement and height, that would be best. However, if you had to guess, I think a pattern size 14 would be the rough equivalent, maybe 16. Still, pants are tricky to get right even when you do have the measurements.

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Date: 5/25/13 8:09 PM

Thanks for the info...

I did ask her to send me her measurements. She said they were 41-42", so I made up the size that matched that as the finished garment and the pants were huge. I think I cut between the 16 and 18. I get that she's pregnant and they're maternity pants, but these were just far too big. I've known her for about 15 years now, and generally, we're about the same size. My hips are 38-39ish, so I didn't know if maybe her hips had widened with being pregnant. Maybe I should have asked for all her measurements before getting pregnant? I wasn't sure if I should use the size that corresponded to her pregnant measurements or go based on pre-pregnancy.

I'm going to try again in a straight up 14 and see how it works out...


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Date: 5/25/13 8:42 PM

For maternity clothes, use your (or your friend's) pre-pregnancy size. Maternity patterns/clothes add extra ease to accommodate a growing belly.

FWIW, her hip measurement may be larger because of where she's putting on her pregnancy weight. I oddly gained a lot of size in my bum while pregnant, which definitely increased my hip measurement. And later in pregnancy, hips will widen in preparation for childbirth.

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