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Date: 7/5/14 12:13 PM

I was impressed with the Pants contest winner and went to the Sewaholic website to see the pattern measurements, since they are designed for pear-shaped figures. All good, except they are drafted for a 5'4" body and I am 5'8". Anyone know which pattern companies draft for tall pears?

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Date: 7/6/14 2:20 AM

Knipmode - drafted for a taller figure and I as a tall(ish) pear have had good luck with them. They're only in Dutch but they are available online as PDFs these days - http://www.knipmode.nl/

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Date: 7/6/14 5:06 AM

As a tall pear, too, that's good to know. Are the patterns difficult or easy to sew, as with any instructions in Dutch, the patterns would have to be sewn effectively without instructions, unless there are good photos. Suitable for a beginner? Thanks

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Date: 7/6/14 10:36 AM

What measurement do you use for determining a pear shape? I ran across a calculator that uses the shoulder for the upper measurement. Do most people use the bust measurement?
I've been wondering why pear shaped recommendations don't seem to work for me...apparently I am an inverted triangle.

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Date: 7/6/14 9:29 PM

Thanks, LauraTS. I looked at knipmode's site and their patterns are designed for women a bit taller than 5'7" . I used a web-based cm-to-inches conversion tool and it looks like I would want size 42 for pants: 31.8" waist and 41.7" hips. Those aren't exactly my measurements, but close enough to require only minor alterations. Do you read Dutch? I've made slacks before, so I can probably live without the instructions, at least for simple ones. Thanks again,
Cheryl

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Date: 7/6/14 9:47 PM

Does the calculator convert bust measurement to shoulder measurement? I would love to see how that works. I am a pear with broad shoulders which help balance my body. I have a rough time determining patterns from the bust measurement since I have a narrow chest but the rest of my body is "normal". Where did you find the calculator?
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Date: 7/6/14 10:11 PM

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Anyone know which pattern companies draft for tall pears?

If you find one, you still might have to adjust the pattern. There are differences in rise as well as inseam, between tall people of the same height. Those two changes are just as easy to adjust on a standard pants pattern.

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Date: 7/7/14 9:37 AM

Nancy, I also have a broad upper back that I usually need to adjust for in most patterns, but a bust measurement of 34D which means I use a B cup in patterns usually.
I found this calculator. Now it makes sense why the pear designation hasn't seemed to be working for me. It makes more sense to use the uppermost part of the body rather than the bust which is not a side to side measurement. You might not be a pear at all.
Have you tried using the upper bust measurement to determine pattern size?

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Date: 7/7/14 6:06 PM

I've always thought of pears as folks who wore a size (or more) bigger on the bottom half than on the top. When I make Big 4 patterns I've always gotta use a size or two bigger from the waist/down. That's the nice thing about Sewaholic or Knipmode for me.

Re Knipmode, I don't speak Dutch but I've collected a glossary of sewing-related terms, and Google Translate usually does a decent enough job that I can muddle through. There are some lovely people here on the boards who are willing to help with translations if you get really stuck, too. With simpler patterns I usually just muddle along on my own.

Doris is right that lengthening patterns is one of the easiest alterations to do, and everyone may need to do it at different places depending on your proportions. So I wouldn't write off Sewaholic or anyone else just because you're taller than the fit model.

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Date: 7/7/14 9:01 PM

Good point! If I could find a tall pear pants pattern that didn't have a dip at the center back waist (in other words, one that has a waistline that's even all the way around) I would be happy. But, as you say, I might as well just make adjustments to a standard pattern.

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