Member since 7/6/13
Date: 3/14/14 4:35 PM
Lord help! My daughter spent 2 hours flipping thru the Simplicity catalog looking for the perfect dress for me to make for her this weekend. She finally decided on 3823.
I've made halters before so I figured this would be ok. But I've never made one for my 12 year old daughter. I took her measurements and here is what I have come up with:
Bust 32 1/2
Now, I got this thinking I'd cut a 10 and fit the dress to her. No biggie right? Well according to the pattern, I need to cut a 16/18 based off her waist measurement! This can't be right can it?
Member since 8/29/09
Date: 3/15/14 5:10 AM
Generally, I would say fit the upper bust/chest and grade out for the waist and hips - other wise it will be too big for the rest of her frame.
Member since 1/23/04
Date: 3/15/14 9:03 AM
YES ... I'm surprised they said to go by the waist. I agree with the previous comment ... enlarge the waist area. There usually is so much ease, you might not have to do much.'
just looked at the pattern ... why couldn't you used the waist band from one size and the top and skirt from the other? It looks like they are gathered to the waist, so adjustable. But, also the actual garment measurements should be printed on the pattern. Check to see what they are before getting started.
-- Edited on 3/15/14 9:06 AM --
Member since 7/30/02
|In reply to renjon7798 <<
Date: 3/15/14 9:19 AM
The reviews all seem positive for this pattern. That is a good start.
Does the pattern have the finished measurements written on it? If not, you might want to measure the pattern pieces (don't forget to subtract out the seam allowance) to make certain it will go around your daughter's waist.
Getting the bust and hip area to fit right is important with this pattern, since it is a halter top. So I second what JaxOz said. You might want to start grading out just a bit below the armscye to a larger size for the waist, depending on which size you end up selecting. If you have tracing paper, you might consider tracing the pattern instead of cutting it, since you are uncertain of the sizes desired. That might give you more flexibility on the grading as well.
With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.
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Member since 2/1/13
Date: 3/15/14 3:48 PM
Definitely measure the pattern itself. My waist is 34" and a 16 or 18 fits me.
Singer Talent 3321 | Kenmore 1503 | Brother 1034D
My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.
My Measurements: 36 HB | 39.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip
Member since 7/6/13
Date: 3/15/14 9:26 PM
I spent today making a muslin of this dress and ended up making an 8 for the bust, a 14 for her waist (which I needed to shorten in the back) and added a dart under each arm. I will probably take the waistband in a little more due to the fact my daughter wants a full circle skirt added to it instead of the one shown. Thanks for all the advice!
Now...can I master the boning?