Member since 3/27/07
Date: 2/21/14 3:03 PM
Do Hot Patterns run big or more towards RTW?
Member since 8/24/02
|In reply to halleyscomet <<
Date: 2/21/14 4:12 PM
In my experience, they do neither. They run according to their own measurement chart. You compare your measurements to that, and since the patterns are all multisized, you trace off the lines that are closest to your measurements in each major area, gliding from one size line to another as appropriate.
Then, as is the case with every other pattern company I have experience with, you make a muslin to refine the fit for yourself.
New York USA
Member since 4/14/04
Date: 2/21/14 4:20 PM
I think this may depend on what size you are using. I'm at the lower end (usually size 8) in their patterns and tops are usually OK. Sometimes I will take in in the upper front chest area to prevent gaping, but this is a fairly typical alteration for me. (Just for reference, I usually sew a size 10 in Big4 and size 36/38 in Ottobre/Burda for tops.) Sometimes I will sew a size 6 i/o the 8 if it's a really loose fitting style, but I will keep the length of the 8 as I am long waisted and usually need to add length.
The Hot Patterns pants that I've tried, however, don't fit me at all. I know others love them, but in my size (8 again) the crotch curve is all wrong for my shape. This is really odd to me, as I don't have that many alterations (or extreme alterations) to make most pants patterns fit me and my measurements closely correspond to theirs. I'm finding that Style Arc, Ottobre and Jalie patterns fit me well with the least amount of alterations. Big 4 are more hit or miss, usually depending on the style, but are really OK. With Hot Patterns pants draft, it seems like all of the crotch length in the back is in the horizontal part of the curve and I need it in the vertical part. But the front length is too long. So for pants I'd have to say these patterns are NOT like RTW for me at all. Not even close.
HTH and hopefully others will chime in so you get some comparisons for different sizes. I do think their draft for larger sizes seems to work better for people - at least from what I can tell from reviews here.
Member since 5/11/03
|In reply to halleyscomet <<
Date: 2/21/14 5:39 PM
Most of the Hotpatterns I have made have been true to size (based on measurements). One dress I made had too much ease. I am not sure I can say they fit like RTW, because different brands in RTW fit differently, but the sizes are closer to RTW than, say, Simplicity.
I think the length his a bit longer than some other pattern lines
-- Edited on 2/21/14 5:40 PM --
Member since 7/19/07
Date: 2/21/14 5:43 PM
Use the measurement chart on the back, and choose your size based on that. On styles that appear to have a lot of ease from the line drawing, you will likely want to choose a size from the measurement chart and go down one size from that. (The styles with a lot of style ease tend to be pretty generously sized; the fitted styles are less generously sized.)
One thing to note that HotPatterns are generally drafted for a larger cup size. If you usually need an FBA, you probably won't need one for most HotPatterns.
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2014 Fabric OUT: 88 yards
2014 Fabric Sewn: 38 yards
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