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Any good brand for a more flattering fit?
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Date: 4/27/11 4:38 PM

I've been searching high and low for blouse/top patterns that aren't really high or super baggy! I don't show a ton of cleavage but I'd like an option that doesn't involve pawing through the eveningwear section!

Any good brand recommendations? Vogue doesn't seem to work for me because I'm a pear shape.

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Date: 4/27/11 4:51 PM

Have you looked at Kwik Sew? The patterns are great, in my opinion. I'm a pear, turning into an apple, and have used several of their patterns without a problem.

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Date: 4/27/11 6:38 PM

In my experience, Kwik Sew has a fair bit of ease.

I think you'd be happier with some of the independent patterns - Hot Patterns, Christine Jonson, Style Arc.... I'd check the pattern review gallery to see if there are some that strike your fancy.

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Date: 4/27/11 6:53 PM

Do you have a picture of a RTW blouse or top of the style you're looking for?

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Date: 4/27/11 7:02 PM

Burda. They use a european draft that is more body conscious with way less ease than the Big 4.

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Date: 4/27/11 7:12 PM

Ease and body type are going to be two different issues. The ease factor you can remedy by using European patterns. Go with Burda. Ottobre Woman is much more realistic than the US companies, too. Jalie is good, also, but those are mostly knits. The fact that you are pear shape is probably going to require some tweaking no matter what company you use...I think the blocks are primarily designed for more of an hourglass set of measurements. So I would say that a good fitting book or two will be your best bet for working with this particular issue. And the fact that we can actually DO something to get a better fit on our clothes is why we sew, isn't it! :)

Re. KwikSew...From my personal experience they would be about the last company I would think of for body-conscious fit. While they do have very nice drafting and instructions, they ALWAYS run big...bigger than the Big 4 even (and I'm far from petite).

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Date: 4/27/11 8:38 PM

Another thought: perhaps you are simply making too large of a size? If you are a C-cup or larger, you need to go by our high-bust (above bust) measurement, not your full bust measurement, & then do a FBA (full bust adjustment).

I agree with the Burda & Jalie recommendations, & with the Kwik-Sew non-recommendation. I think Kwik-Sew makes fine patterns, just not for this particular style quest.

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Date: 4/27/11 11:56 PM

Another possibility is to figure out how much ease you prefer (by trial & error or by measuring clothes that fit you well.)
Then, you can adjust your patterns to have the corresponding amount of ease. To figure out how much ease a pattern has built in, you can compare the flat pattern measurements to those on the back of the pattern envelope.

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