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Date: 1/22/14 0:28 AM

I was a bit shocked to find out how much my waist has grown since the festive season. Good motivation to trim back a bit. In the meanwhile I still want to make some more clothes that fit. In the pattern I want to make my bust and hip fall between med and large size and my waist is in (yikes again) extra large!

My current measures are bust/waist/hip: 37/34/39

Pattern measures are:
Bust Med: 34 - 36 Bust Large: 38 - 40
Waist Large: 30 - 32 Waist X-Large: 34 - 37
Hip Med: 36 - 38 Hip Large: 40 - 42

I'm using stretch fabric for a top. Should I just copy the large and allow a tad extra around the waist? Yikes, now I'm feeling like a barrel! Least I usually go down from here weight wise.

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Date: 1/22/14 8:11 AM

You might want to measure the pattern pieces for your top at the waist to see what the finished pattern including ease actually is. At 39-32-39, my waist measurement is at least a size larger than the pattern size chart for what my bust and hips measure. Usually for a top and for most knit dresses, a waist alteration is unnecessary. For knits, I just fit for bust and hips and find the waist usually works (but I do measure the patterns pieces to be sure).

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Date: 1/22/14 8:18 AM

Sounds like you and I have about the same shape. I have only recently started sewing with knits so hopefully someone more experienced will chime in here, but I have started aiming for fitting the bust and hip and not worrying about the waist. Initially I did as you suggested, blending out to the larger size for the waist, but I do like a closer fit than what that was giving me so I end up taking it back in. Ultimately I think the most important fit is across the shoulders. The side seams can easily be adjusted either way.

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Date: 1/22/14 11:30 AM

I have a larger waist as well and just try and grade out a bit at the waist. It should be easy with a stretchy top!

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Date: 1/22/14 1:09 PM

My measurements are about (36 upper bust) 39/34/43 and I use a medium or size 14 for knits. (14/16 w/FBA for wovens)

Unless you like REALLY loose clothes do NOT use an XL!!!I could see if you wanted to grade from M at the shoulders/neckline and down to L.
I typically only sew Big 4 so there is typically too much ease; especially so with knits.

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My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 1/22/14 1:10 PM

What pattern are you using.

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Date: 1/27/14 8:12 AM

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What pattern are you using.

I'm using McCall's 3565 Stripe it up. I'm making top E. The pattern only went up to M but I have sized it up to L based on my measurements and added two inches length at the waist. It's coming together well so far. Only the front cross over was waaaay too low for me so I have crossed it further which then meant moving the bust darts as well . . .

I really like my fabric though and the stripes are sitting very evenly so far . . .

I have also found that overlapping the front crossover more makes the side seams sit perfectly where they should be. So I didn't need the extra width and now need to do something about the excess at the back which will be much easier given I can just trim the back seams.

You can see why I want to make my own dress form.

I am learning loads though which is the main aim.
Oh apart from having some things to wear.

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