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Alter a McCall's petite dress pattern to fit 5'-6"
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Date: 1/25/14 3:36 PM

I purchased a couple of McCall's dress patterns I love (6561 & 6834). After I got home I realized that they are labeled "petite".

I always thought the main difference between petite and regular sizes is in the arm and leg lengths. These are dresses that are either sleeveless or short-sleeved.

I'm 5'-6" and long through the legs and arms, but with kind of a short torso. For Misses pants patterns I usually shorten the inseam by about 1/2" and lengthen the legs about an inch or so. Dresses don't usually require much alteration except to adjust the length a bit.

Do the McCall's petite patterns run short through the torso? I'm hoping to approximate the adjustments to avoid too much trial and error with the fit.

Thank you for any advice!

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Date: 1/25/14 3:57 PM

Have you checked the individual pattern pieces?

The pattern back states Misses/Misses Petite pattern. That would suggest that there are lines for shortening length and making the pattern petite. Before being concerned about un-petiting the pattern, you might double check the individual bodice and skirt pieces.

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Date: 1/25/14 4:31 PM

If it happens to be really a Petite only pattern, and no cutting lines for all the rest of us taller/non petite people, then it would be also just that much shorter from shoulder to waist area too. So it would not be just hems and sleeve lengths that would be different. And then if you were not a shorter, Petite person and a taller one and long waisted too, the waist line area would be ending up, someplace over and above your waist and under your bust.

I have not seen any more current McCalls "only Petite" patterns in the real pattern books, (and not even any special sections for anything like that in there) so my guess is they probably really don't have any. And they might be trying to tell you, they just got some fold line marked on it, for that. I think you need to just open it and look in there too.
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Date: 1/26/14 5:05 PM

Thank you both for replying.

I did just open up both patterns and found the fold lines to convert to petite.

They have the usually fold line plus a closer one labeled specifically for petites.

Thanks again,
Suzanne
-- Edited on 1/26/14 5:06 PM --

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