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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Sizing issue ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 10/21/13 5:19 AM

Hi there

I've sewn quite a few garments in my time but I'm a bit stumped as to what size to select from the pattern envelope of New Look 6048 for my daughter.

She's a tall slim 12 year old who is *just* starting to fit into womens clothes - she has just started wearing a size 8, sometimes they are too big for her.

After taking her measurements though, the pattern suggests that she is a ladies size 14! It seems way too big. Should I stick to the pattern envelope size or go with the off the rack size that she has been wearing?

I am in Australia btw, so our sizes are a little different to US sizing.

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Date: 10/21/13 6:24 AM

Pattern sizing is based on measurements, not ready to wear sizes. For dresses and tops, such as NL6048, use the bust measurement to select the pattern size. (For pants and skirts use the hip measurement.) Make a muslin (mock up) of the pattern to check the fit at the shoulders, armhole and bust, where fit is most important (and hardest to alter). It is easier to add/subtract width at the waist and hips.

Look also at the finished garment measurements for each size, on the back of the envelope and/or on the pattern tissue itself. Wearing ease at the bust should be about 2 inches/5cm for a fitted garment like NL6048.
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Date: 10/21/13 7:24 AM

That's what I have decided to do. I am pretty sure it will be too big, but I guess it doesn't matter, being a muslin.

I'll be shocked if the size 14 fits her! She's so small...

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Date: 10/21/13 8:26 AM

A muslin is the only way to really see how the fit works.

My hips measure a 16, my waist measures a size 18 and I buy slacks in a US size 10. The measured patterns sizes come pretty close for me. I thought I would share since it appears your daughter's pattern size measurements are also 3 sizes larger than RTW.

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Date: 10/21/13 8:48 AM

Patterns 3 sizes bigger than ready to wear. That is about right for me too. That was hard to take when I looked at patterns the first time. But I quickly learned to buy by measurements

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Date: 10/21/13 6:35 PM

Your DD sounds like she's a double of mine - almost 12yo, tall, slim, legs *up to there* (oh I wish I had those!), and just fitting into a ladies 8.

Something I learned when I was buying and sewing for her older sister at that age is that because she hadn't got her adult proportions yet, I had real difficulty fitting the shoulder to chest length, in both RTW and patterns. Although the circumference was correct, she was a lot shorter in that part of the body than the RTW was made for or the ladies pattern was drafted for.

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Date: 10/22/13 1:04 AM

My daughter is a 12 in RTW here but measures as a 14 bust in patterns. However, she is full-busted so I use her high bust measurement which is a 12 and do an FBA for her. I get a much better result in the shoulders/chest areas when I do that.

I suspect that the 14 will be miles too big for your DD.

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