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Date: 11/29/11 5:28 AM

Bit of an obvious question but...what is the definition of petite size?
I thought it meant you were under 5ft3"? But in shops it seems to mean if you are short and don't take a size bigger than a 10(UK).

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Date: 11/29/11 10:07 AM

Well, I think petite encompasses all ranges of size within that very general height definition. And, to further complicate matters, there are proportioned petite, and not. Shops may be focusing on a narrow range of sizes within the category to save money.

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Date: 11/29/11 10:22 AM

The term petite size has two meanings, both of which are used, so it's easy to become confused.

Petite size can refer to height below a certain point, usually 5'4" and under in the US. But petite can also mean height 5'4"and under and dress size below a certain number. Note that some clothing manufacturers use both Petite and Petite Plus sizes.


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Date: 11/29/11 10:39 AM

Quote: LDT2011
But in shops it seems to mean if you are short and don't take a size bigger than a 10(UK).

I agree with you that this seems to be the policy in RTW.

Before I started sewing, I used to feel "non-Petite" because of the size thing. And I notice that a lot of people mean "tiny, slim" when they use the word Petite.

Since I sew, and I am 1m53 (5'05"), in my mind, it means that your length measurements are shorter than average.

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Date: 11/29/11 10:45 AM

As I'm 5ft1" and in between a size 12 and 14(UK) I'm never quite sure if I should go for petite patterns.

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Date: 11/29/11 11:45 AM

I'm 5' 4 1/2" tall. Being short-waisted, a petite RTW dress fits me better than a reg. size through the main body. With short sleeves, the fit is good. Long sleeves tend to be a little short. And length simply depends. Sometimes okay & other times not. Feel like I fall between a petite & reg. size in RTW. I don't bother with a petite pattern when sewing.
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Date: 11/29/11 5:34 PM

Sunny, I'm with you (5'4"). I can take a petite top sometimes (if there's enough room in the bust; frex, my ideal size at Coldwater Creek is a petite medium, but often RTW petites are too snug in the bust), and I'm at my most petite from shoulders to bustline. I can't do petite pants *at all;* the rise is always too low/tight and the legs aren't long enough for my 31" inseam (this baffles my 5'2" very petite mom!).

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LTD, to determine whether you need a petite (or petite adjustment), you'll need to determine where certain points on the pattern fall on you--bustline, waist, etc--and whether they match up to you or the garment is too large. You may not need everything to be petite.


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Date: 11/29/11 5:47 PM

I am 5'3 + 1/2" tall and a size 8 to 10 Australian sizes. I wear RTW Petites for tops ( for long sleeve tops) but petite pants are always too short. I guess I am a non proportioned petite. I use normal sewing patterns but always shorten the length of long sleeves.

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Date: 11/29/11 7:39 PM

I'm 5'0" and wear a (US) size 10. I can wear a Petite top (arm length) but not pants, as they are very short-waisted, which I am not.

For sewing, and RTW- I find I'm only Petite in NAME. (I have short legs.) Even when I was a size 2, I couldn't wear petite pants, due to the short waist.

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Date: 12/2/11 1:20 PM

Marykpfist, I'm 5 foot too and I find that petite pants are too short waisted for me too but fit in length. I always have to buy a misses size 10 and then shorten them. I guess with gravity I don't have to shorten between the shoulders and apex. A size 10 for the shoulders and 12 with a FBA fits me perfectly.

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