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Cerissa
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Date: 10/15/12 11:04 AM

Hello everyone;

I've been sewing for a few years now, and been chasing my confidence around in trying to make something for myself. After reading alot of reviews about a Simplicity pattern, alot of people referred to it as easy. To make it sound more convincing, the pattern said I could work with broadcloth. This project is just a practice, more or less, and the fabric I bought was relatively cheap, so it's not going to hurt me if it doesn't work out. But I was always afraid of altering, and sure enough, I'm faced with my first altering dilema. LOL.

So I bought Simplicity pattern 3685, and wanted to make View A. According to the size chart, it said I was in a size 14 (eesh). It's a simple dress with four pattern pieces (the top part, the straps, the back part, and the dress panel) After purchasing the fabric, and cutting it out, pinning the top part alone at the seam allowance requested, it fell right off.

The top part alone, I figured I had to take in 1 3/4 inches on either side. The seam allowance on that, is 1/4.

However, the dress part is going to be a more difficult challenge. That has four panels, and the seam allowance is 5/8. The biggest problem here; 1) the top part has to be sewn into the dress part, and 2) making sure my math is right.

My mother sorta cringed when she heard about my dilema, and told me that in order to make this work, I had to divide up the number I deducted from the top portion, by the four dress panels, and add in the seam allowance.

....Right?

This is where I'm going to sound confusing, so please bear with me. I divided up 1 3/4 by four, and came up with 7/16 (thank you google, lol). I have a normal ruler that would help, and then add in an inch (roughly for a 5/8) for a seam allowance. Is this correct?

Maybe it would just be better to start over, and choose a smaller size? :/

Thank you to anyone who can offer a few small suggestions.
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-- Edited on 10/15/12 11:07 AM --

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Date: 10/15/12 11:28 AM

It sounds to me like you're on the right track.

Another way to do it might be to alter the top & bottom separately and then put them together. You can always ease one into another if they are not exactly the same size.... just a thought!

Hopefully someone with more experience will also chime in!

Good luck :-)

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Date: 10/15/12 11:43 AM

Why would you doubt your mother?

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Date: 10/15/12 2:42 PM

I'd start over from scratch with a smaller size.

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Date: 10/15/12 6:40 PM

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This is where I'm going to sound confusing, so please bear with me. I divided up 1 3/4 by four, and came up with 7/16 (thank you google, lol). I have a normal ruler that would help, and then add in an inch (roughly for a 5/8) for a seam allowance. Is this correct?


Take it in from the cutting line and the 5/8" will follow. You're still cutting in the same place and the 5/8" is built in; don't add it. Otherwise you will be back where you started. If you don't understand what I mean, you're still removing the 7/16" and the 5/8" is already built into the pattern. If it were me, I'd round the figure up to one half (8/16) then when cutting, add a tad ("tad" meaning about the width of the black cutting line)

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Date: 10/16/12 7:03 AM

It sounds like the pattern overall is too large. Did you buy the pattern by bust or hip size or by the upper chest size? It is easier to buy the smaller size that will fit the upper chest area, armholes, shoulders, neckline, etc, and do a a bust adjustment than vice versa as you are finding out. Google Nancy Zieman and How to buy the right size pattern before you buy another one.

Did you buy the pattern based on your ready to wear size? If so, it will never fit. These are two different animals and have no relationship whatsoever. You must buy the pattern by measurements only, not by any reference to RTW. Good luck.
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