SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
Platinum Sponsor
PatternReview.com
PatternReview.com

Tips & Techniques > Selecting Correct Pattern Size

Viewed 5507 times
Posted by: monijo
photo
Friend of PR

 
 
About monijo star
NIGERIA
Member since: 7/5/08
Reviews written: 25
Sewing skills:Advanced
Favored by: 4 people
tips added: 23
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 11/9/11 6:42 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 11 people   
SELECTING CORRECT PATTERN SIZE

MEASUREMENT FOR FRONT ARMHOLE WIDTH

Since a garment hangs from the shoulders, it must fit correctly at the shoulder, neckline and armhole areas. These areas rarely change if weight is gained or lost. The bust and waistline are easily altered, but the upper body is very difficult. Therefore, it is best to purchase a pattern by front armhole width.

1. Stand braless wearing a camisole in front of a mirror and look for your armhole crease. Where your arm meets your body, a crease forms in your skin (the place where the side of your chest joins with the side of your arm. A crease will be there, right at the top of arm/chest separation).

2. Place the 1-inch end of the tape measure ABOVE this crease. I mark my body with a felt marker. You can tape the tape measure to your body if you have no one to help you.

3. Measure across the front of your chest to the 1-inch mark ABOVE the crease on the other side. This is the normal stitching line in the garment.

4. Round off to the nearest half inch.


SIZING CHART FOR ARMHOLE WIDTH

The sizing chart changes every half inch. The key to remembering your size is that 14 inches happens to be a misses' size 14.

Front Width: 12 inches; use Misses' size 6, Junior size 5.
Front Width: 12 1/2 inches; use Misses' size 8, Junior size 7.
Front Width: 13 inches; use Misses' size 10, Junior size 9, Half-Size 10 1/2.
Front Width: 15 inches; use Misses' 18, Half-Size 18 1/2, Women's 38.


Sources:
The Sew/Fit Manual by Ruth Oblander and Joan Anderson. Available at marcytilton.com, "My Favorite Things" page.

The Busy Woman's Fitting Book by Nancy Zieman with Robbie Fanning (nancysnotions.com). A new edition will available at her website.

<< Previous    Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques


9 Comments
Login to Add a Comment
PureJoy said...
Thank you! Adjusting the shoulder and armhole position is VERY hard for me to get right. I will try this instead of spending hours trying to adjust that part of the body
2/27/14 2:52 AM
Liz29 said...
Thank U
9/22/12 3:57 PM
tatica said...
When you say 1 inch end, do you mean to say that you add 1 inch to both sides? Can you please post a picture? I'm very interested. this is an area I have difficulties with.
11/18/11 6:21 PM
ginniesstitchin said...
This makes much more sense than anything else I've found. Thanks, I'll try it.
11/14/11 2:11 AM
Gildarose said...
Thanks this is very helpful!
11/10/11 11:14 AM
Gildarose said...
Thanks this is very helpful!
11/10/11 11:14 AM
knipster said...
thanks for this tip ! it is sometimes very difficult to know where to put the measuretape exactly.
11/10/11 5:41 AM
G.Petunia said...
Thanks. Good to know :)
11/9/11 3:33 PM
Gildarose said...
This is good, thanks for the time you spent posting it.
11/9/11 10:55 AM
 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Create a Jacket Muslin
Create a Jacket Muslin

Class Details

Online Class
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

Class Details

9 inch Bent Handle Scissors

9 inch Bent Handle Scissors

More Info
You Sew Girl 200mm Glam Purse Pattern

You Sew Girl 200mm Glam Purse Pattern

More Info

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.