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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > kwik sew difference between 1x pants and XL size ( Moderated by JEF)

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Date: 11/17/08 8:42 AM

I have been looking at the kwik sew yoga type pants elastic waist pattern that comes in the misses and the plus range. The waist and hip is the same for the 22 and the 1x patterns. What is the difference in the pants patterns where they go to the other size range ? I have bought a bunch of plus patterns that I may not even need before I started reading about fbas on here. I am sort of at the top of the misses and the bottom of the plus patterns I think. In rtw I float back and forth between the store areas depending on the designer. I am wondering about the gray area in the patterns if it exists.

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Date: 11/17/08 8:47 AM

I meant to add the plus size number is kwik sew 3277 .

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Date: 11/17/08 9:04 AM

I'm in the same boat! I buy some 1x in the plus and some 18's in misses. This weekend I found Talbots Women and bought the very first white button front shirt that actually fits me. They have a petite section and I ended up with 4 new tops that I can actually button from top to bottom.


Back to your question. I made the 3277 yoga pants in a 1X and they are a great fit. I think the plus pattern allows for a tilted waist. I usually have to make this adjustment on misses patterns.

I haven't have as much luck with kwik sew plus size top patterns.

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Date: 11/24/08 8:30 AM

Thanks for the suggestion to use the plus in the kwik sew - I definitely have the tilted waist these days, I will have to look at the Talbots Women things. I am happy you found something that works well for you.

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Date: 11/24/08 8:39 AM

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What is the difference in the pants patterns where they go to the other size range ?

Ease.

There's more wearing ease in the Plus patterns because we plus girls tend to spread more as we sit. Look at the difference between sizes in KS' plus patterns vs. the difference between sizes in the non-plus range.

For KS tops, they are definitely drafted for a bigger cup size to start. The lower range of their plus is a C, and it gets gradually larger as you increase in pattern size.

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Date: 12/4/08 8:01 AM

The increased wearing ease makes sense for the plus pants. I was not aware until I started reading on PR and the blogs that the plus were drafted for a larger cup size as well. I have really narrow shoulders so hope the wonderful plus pattern collection I am accumulating won't over whelm my frame in the shoulder area. I guess it does not matter as I have plenty in both ranges. I have been away from home mostly as my daughter has been on bedrest for 7 weeks now so most of my sewing has been buying oop patterns when I have time to enjoy their high speed internet. I bought a bunch of walmart pants for everyday wear right now ( desperate) but must get some bottom patterns conquered before spring arrives. Btw I was very envious of the "turkey" pants on your blog. Like everyone else I was thrilled to see you posting some again. I have been reading all your back posts when bored at my daughter's house. You are a wonderful seamstress and designer.

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Date: 12/7/08 2:19 AM

I am a big fan of Kwik Sew patterns--good design, efficient instructions, good style, lots of compliments! They hold up well over time, too, since a good fit wears better with less strain in embarrassing places. RTW sizes are a crap shoot--depends on the mfr; I always shop with a tape measure to save time.

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Date: 12/7/08 8:12 AM

I have only sewn a couple of knit tee patterns of theirs from the 70's and 80's. I have bought some new kwik sew that people have used on here I hope to try. I look forward to trying them since so many like you find them well done. That is a good tip with the rtw to carry along a tape measure.

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Date: 12/29/08 12:19 PM

What's a tilted waist? I see this term from time to time, but haven't figured out what it means.

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Date: 12/29/08 4:14 PM

I can't explain exactly but now understand that it can happen as women age due to weaker abdominal muscles and changes in the spine. I have to sometimes roll down the front waistband of purchased elastic waist pants as the front crotch is too long but the back is ok. In other words I now need a lot shorter front stride and more length in the back crotch to get a better fit . I am fairly new to sewing for a plus size body and when age related changes do their tricks , it makes for interesting changes in fitting a pattern.

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