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Date: 8/2/11 2:31 PM

I normally make a size 12 in Big 4 patterns and a 38 in Burda, but I have never made a Colette pattern. According to the back of the pattern, the size 34 bust is a size 2. That seems awfully small. How is the sizing in Colette compared to the Big 4? Thanks.

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Date: 8/2/11 2:41 PM

It seems to run a lot bigger - or do I mean smaller? I guess I should say that what I mean is that the Colette sizes seem very close to current RTW sizes, rather than having any correspondence with sizing in other pattern companies. I recently bought one of their patterns and plan to make an 18, whereas I'm usually in a 22 in Big 4.

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Date: 8/2/11 3:03 PM

I'm of a similar size to you but Petite at 5'.

It seems the 1st series, with the dessert names, is the one in need of a FBA. I personally always considered doing a 2 shoulder and a 4 for the rest.

I wrote to Sarai, the owner, last year, and she said the back length of a size 4 is 16 in but the shoulder is 7in (vs my own 4in and something).

If you are a B cup, you may need a SBA but there are several online for CP, IIRC.

I think the safest thing to do is to muslin the bodice and go from there. From what I have read, the skirts are less problematic.

Good luck and let us know how it goes, ok?

ETA I've never sown a CP but their dresses are very cute.

Also, IIRC, some have commented that the 2nd line (tea names) was noticeably slimmer than the first one. Not sure about the new ones but Becca a is Petite and made on this week.
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Date: 8/2/11 4:22 PM

I am petite and when using the Big 4, I sew a 10 through the shoulders, a 12 through the bust and a 14 through the hips. Sometimes a bigger 14 with some ultra fitted patterns. So...

with Colette Patterns, I used a 6 for the Sencha and it was too big throughout. Here is the review if you want to look at my body type and the fit of the blouse. Sencha

I love these patterns and loved making the blouse. I just needed a smaller size, and maybe a SBA.

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Date: 8/2/11 5:00 PM

I think Colette Patterns sizing runs pretty close to RTW sizes. Their patterns are drafted without much extra ease, like RTW. I just made the oolong dress. I measure between a 2 and a 4 in CP sizes, so I went with the larger size. In the end, I needed to reduce the shoulder width and the bodice length as well as shorten the hem and sleeve. For reference, I usually use size 10 in the Big 4 and usually need to shorten the bodice, skirt, and sleeve lengths and do an FBA. In Burda I am pretty much a straight size 36.

Two years ago I made the macaron dress and also made size 4. I think I would now narrow the shoulders on that dress as the sleeves are binding and it is hard to raise my arms in it.

I hope this helps.
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Date: 8/2/11 5:13 PM

becca, that really helped me to see your reviews. Thanks so much for linking them. Cute, stylish dresses also :-)

I am going to try the Crepe for my next attempt with these patterns. blessedtosew, what pattern are you thinking of sewing?

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Date: 8/2/11 8:34 PM

Its been my experience that the chest runs bigger as well. I am a D cup and had to do a small bust adjustment in the crepe dress. Not a problem just worth noting.

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Date: 8/2/11 9:08 PM

I usually sew a 10 for the bodice and a 14 for the hips down in the Big 4 patterns.

I recently made Crepe and used a size 2 bodice and a size 10 skirt. I did not have to do a FBA; however, which was great.

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Date: 8/3/11 12:00 PM

Thanks everyone. I am thinking a 4 for the bodice and a 10 for the hips.

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