|Choose correct pattern size by your neck measurement? Sounds bizzare? Try it.
Take your neck measurement with dressmaking measuring tape by placing it around base of neck and over front neck bones as for jewel neck. If neck measurement is 14" your pattern size is size 10. For every 1/2" larger or smaller, you go up or down a dress size i.e. 15" neck is size 14. This does not apply to small, medium , large category patterns.
Multile size patterns are very helpful for bust,waist and hip adjustments.
For instance: If you are a size 10 pattern size because your neck measures 14", you must have a size 10 in your pattern. i.e 8 10 12 or 6 8 10.
You can add up to 1 1/2" to your side seams without distorting your pattern. If more circumference is required for large bust you will have to slash pattern from mid armhole through waist dart and spread required amount.
It is very important to have a good set of recent measurements as we always change in size, don't we?
The first personal measurement to check is your square shoulder adjustment. Please refer to "tight armholes" tip of 05/27/04.
In the correct pattern size you will not have any adjustments to neck, shoulder width or armhole depth as a rule.
These areas are the most difficult parts of a pattern to adjust, right? Collars and facings wouldn't need adjustments,
You can use you correct pattern size in any style and your adjustments will always be the same unless you lose or put on about 12 lbs. and then you will go to the next size.
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