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Date: 8/8/12 11:39 AM

I have never bought a pattern that wasn't a multi sized one . I have used the big 4 , burdastyle mag etc . However I normally make tops in a size 10 and do a FBA then grade out to a 14 at the waist and hips. Skirts and trousers I always make a size 14.

What size would I choose if I bought a Style are pattern ? I am desperate to try so many if their patterns but I am put off with the single sizes they offer.

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Date: 8/8/12 1:51 PM

Best is to email Chloe directly; she'll get you into the correct size, along with a grading sheet if needed.

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Date: 8/8/12 2:03 PM

Lisa, I need to make a smaller size on top, and a larger size on bottom.

I measured myself, compared to the charts and ordered. SA patterns have less wearing ease than the big 4. I found that the sizing was just what I expected, though, of course, I made the same fitting adjustments I need to make in any sewing project.

For some reason, the adjustments were minimal, so the cut of SA patterns is somehow different than other brands.

Email Choe and the gang - they are very quick to respond with helpful information.

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Date: 8/8/12 2:17 PM

I just made Shelly by StyleArc (I need to review it) and I ordered by my full bust size.

My hips are bigger so I pivoted from the underarm seam out one inch at the bottom of each side which gave me 4 extra inches.

I also had to add to the biceps of the sleeve (I hear many have had to make that alteration) and the top fit reasonably well.

I'm like you though - I wish the patterns were offered in the same range as Jalies!

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Date: 8/8/12 3:15 PM

Thank you all so much for the helpful replies. I am going away on holiday this weekend but when I return I am determined to conquer pants ( fitting !!) I am seriously in awe of all the Style arc reviews. I don't think I've seen one made up that I don't like. It's good to know the team are so helpful.

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Date: 8/8/12 3:52 PM

I have the same fitting issues as you- smaller top, FBA, grade out at the waist and hips, only I'm 2 sizes bigger (start with 14, out to 18 at the hips). I ended up with two sizes too large when I ordered my Style Arc patterns. Lots of email with Chloe, over sizing etc., etc. I have to grade my patterns down now since they're way too big in the torso/shoulders. I haven't posted any Style Arc reviews yet, since I'm still messing with the sizing issues.

You will most likely be a 6 on top and a 10 on bottom in Style Arc. The best way to know for sure is to check the measurements chart of the Big 4 pattern size you use against the Style Arc measurements chart and pick the closest match (what I should have done originally.)

Her patterns appear to me to be to be drafted for a fairly large-boned straight/rectangle figure without a lot of curves other than at the bust (possibly her own shape?) The knit skirt/dress designs I tried were very close fitting through the hip and rear area; there was actually negative ease and I had to size up considerably. So if you're hip conscious and don't want anything clingy, you may need to make adjustments. There seems to be adequate ease in the bust area for most of the patterns I tried, so you may or may not need a FBA.

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Date: 8/8/12 5:19 PM

I didn't realize you were going to sew pants!

I'd just email Chloe for help in selecting the right size. Others have done that and they've said she's been extremely helpful.

I'd also read the reviews for the pattern you're considering.

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Date: 8/9/12 9:23 AM

Quote: marymary86
I didn't realize you were going to sew pants!



I'd just email Chloe for help in selecting the right size. Others have done that and they've said she's been extremely helpful.



I'd also read the reviews for the pattern you're considering.

Mary I want to make pants and tops so I guess my question was rather general thanks.

Thanks guys will email her once I have decided which ones to go for.

Thank you unfinished projects that is interesting and we do sound like we have similar figures.
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Date: 8/9/12 10:32 AM

Just to add my 2 cents' worth: I love these patterns and I am so glad I emailed
Chloe for size advice before I bought a pattern. So helpful.

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