Victoria Australia Member since 1/6/14 Posts: 331 Skill: Advanced Beginner
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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!
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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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jacqui583 Ontario Canada Member since 11/25/13 Posts: 395 Skill: Intermediate
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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.
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.
My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.
My Measurements: 36 HB | 39.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip
Mangosteen25 replied...(1/27/14 8:12 AM) Quote: MrsCharisma 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 w ....more
MrsCharisma (1/22/14 1:10 PM) What pattern are you using.
Date: 1/27/14 8:12 AM
Quote: MrsCharisma 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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