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Date: 9/24/13 9:24 AM

Is there any group of patterns so that each one is titled for a specific body shape? Such as the pattern being descriptive saying this is for a "Large busted Lady", or "Hides the Pear Shape" etc, etc.
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Date: 9/24/13 2:10 PM

Vouge patterns try to do that, by putting some little icons on the back of their pattern envelopes for different body shapes.

This is what they say about it:

"Determine your body shape from the explanations below and use our KEY TO FIGURE FLATTERY diagram to select styles that are particularly flattering to your figure. Choosing styles suited to your body shape can also eliminate the need for most pattern adjustments. Look for the figure symbol that indicates your body shape, then proceed with confidence, knowing that your pattern adjustments will be minimal and your finished garment will be pure figure flattery.

Inverted Triange THE INVERTED TRIANGLE: Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips.

Triangle THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips and/or thighs.

Rectangle THE RECTANGLE: Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition.

Hourglass THE HOURGLASS: Equally balanced on top and bottom, with a trim waist."

I'm not too convinced that always works all that good though.As lots of other factors going on too. Like actual size of person, their height, just their body, drape of fabric and even color and print of fabric.

So, I think you are way better off, to go at least "look shopping" in all the real garment stores, and just try on all sorts of clothes in a good dressing room, with good mirrors and for each garment style, and just decide if it's flattering for you there first. Then on the ones you like that way, then afterwards go find a sewing pattern that matches up to the same elements. That is how I do it, and that seems to work best for me. That way you actually get to see each garment style on you, just first.

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In reply to spatzli

Date: 9/24/13 2:48 PM

There was also a discussion about the various indie pattern makers and how they cater to different body types:

Which pattern companies for what body shapes

In general, the indies seem to address this more closely than the big 4 ( except Vogue..wish that'd be the norm), by offering sew-a-longs , tutorials that include common fitting issues, and even variations that make the pattern feasible for different body shapes. For example, Colette Zinnia is for hourglass, but the ver2 of that pattern can work for those with slimmer hips.
Indies often tell you front who they are drafting for. For instance SkinnyBCurvyChick is aiming at the petite market ( both slim and full figure) as does Petite Plus patterns( full figured, busty petites).
I think the hardest part is just figuring out what your fit and illusion needs are... and yeah, snoop shopping is the fastest ways to do that.
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Date: 9/25/13 3:44 PM

Here is a pants pattern with a draft for apples and one for pears. pants pattern

My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 10, and I've been sewing ever since.

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