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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Do you use the next pattern size down for a men's garment? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/28/13 9:43 PM

The pattern size I match number-wise is a 12. However, I found that I get a better fit in a size 10 with no alterations needed. Therefore, this is the size I go with on all my patterns.

I will be making a men's coat (Vogue 8940). This is a semi-fitted coat. I'm wondering if I should make it one pattern size below what would fit the guy I'm making it for. I don't know if going down a size works the same way in a man's garment versus a woman's. I know my best bet would be to adjust the pattern sizes accordingly, but I'm afraid of messing up this process with this coat.

So, do you think it would be safe for me to make it one size smaller? or should I just go with what matches his measurement?

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Date: 12/28/13 9:49 PM

Measure a coat that fits him the way he likes, then compare its measurement to that of the pattern (actually measuring it and not going by the envelope).

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Subject: Do you use the next pattern size down for a mens garment? Date: 12/29/13 1:08 AM

Agree with GlButterfly and also to add that many men want more ease than most women, so going down a size might not work unless he wants a close-fitting coat.

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Date: 12/29/13 3:40 AM

I would go with his measurements and match that as closely as possible to the pattern size. If in doubt, go larger. It's a coat for a man so it won't be a close fit. If it's too large you can take it in. You can't let it out unless you leave extra wide seam allowances. I made a Burda jacket for my DH not long ago and used the chest size. I'm not familiar with Vogue for men but the Burda was spot on.

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Date: 12/29/13 8:29 PM

Thank you for your responses. This definitely helps my approach to this issue.

SewLibra, I should have figured most men don't want close fitting garments,
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Date: 12/30/13 7:46 AM

A lot of men's patterns are made fairly large and my DH doesn't like the look. I recently bought a new shirt pattern for him (Jalie 2111 - recently discontinued) and I took one of his shirts that fits him the way he wanted it to fit, measured it carefully, and used the size that closely matched the existing shirt. If your intended recipient has a coat that he likes the fit from, do some measurements and go with that size. I sure wouldn't want to go down a size without doing some measuring to make sure.
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Date: 12/30/13 7:46 AM

A lot of men's patterns are made fairly large and my DH doesn't like the look. I recently bought a new shirt pattern for him (Jalie 2111 - recently discontinued) and I took one of his shirts that fits him the way he wanted it to fit and used that size. If your intended recipient has a coat that he likes the fit from, do some measurements and go with that size. I sure wouldn't want to go down a size without doing some measuring to make sure.

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Date: 1/15/14 12:47 PM

Hi,

I applogize if this is off-topic, but I wanted to thank you, Annsew65, for the information regarding the discontinuation of Jalie 2111. I scoured the internet all night and was able to purchase the last pattern at only one of two places that has one.

This pattern has been on my "wish list," but was put aside due to other considerations. Thanx to your information, I was able to purchase it before it disappeared forever.


Many thanx,


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Date: 1/20/14 11:50 PM

No problem Doglover389. I'm glad to hear you were able to get it before it was too late.

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