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Message Board > Fitting Woes > What did I do wrong? need help petite sizing ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Butterick 5355
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Date: 4/13/13 5:12 PM

Hi, I'm a relatively new sewer....And as you'll see from the photo I am extremely pregnant (37 weeks). I thought I would try sewing some tops that will be usable in these last weeks of pregnancy, after delivery, and would still be OK after.

So... enter the tunic pattern here. Butterick 5355. My first problem is the sizing on the package. If I went by the sizing on the package i would be preparing a medium. However I cut it at an XS out of instinct. I am glad I did, once you see how loose this is now.

I cut and followed instructions to the letter. As you can see, the top really isn't exactly wearable. The V neck is so large I have to wear a cami under it if I have any hope of wearing it. On the positive side, this will definitely be a nursing top over the summer months, maybe something I I bring to the hospital.

I bought more fabric to make this pattern again so I want to have an idea what to do to make it a more usable top.

Do I have any hope of fixing this now that the bias tape is sewn into the neck? I figure I'd have to take something in at the shouilders but I don't know what.my pattern review

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Date: 4/13/13 7:21 PM

Can't get to your photos. Requires a password.

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Date: 4/13/13 7:35 PM

Anytime you have such a wide neckline you are going to have issues. I would pick a different pattern.
Select your pattern size by your chest measurement not your bust.
Then you adjust the pattern to get the bust/waist/hips to fit.
A good book to help you learn how to fit is "Fit for Real People".
There are also a couple of godd Craftsy classes on fit.

Butterick 5356 might be a good choice.
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Date: 4/13/13 8:57 PM

Thanks, i changed the flickr privlidges, should work now. Cant i modify this pattern to fit me?

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Date: 4/13/13 10:18 PM

You can! You'll need to learn the basics of pattern grading to do so, but it's not that difficult.

Here's an article from Threads that can help:

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4368/making-sense-of-pattern-grading/page/all

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Date: 4/13/13 11:23 PM

Your neckline is all stretched out. You need to stay the neckline seam, either with fusible interfacing or fold over elastic. And Ada is right, that kind of neckline can be a royal pain to get right, so I would next sew the version with the round neck rather than the v.

And actually the bottom part looks pretty tight. You probably need to merge the XS bodice with a larger size under the bust, maybe the M.
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Date: 4/14/13 1:31 AM

You might consider using the round neck next time. A quick fix to the stretched out V, might be to add a narrow casing with a drawstring or narrow elastic.
Also this pattern is sized s-m-l. When you see size small 8-10, you would think it's a combination of both, but actually it's drafted for the largest size in the combo which would be size 10.
It's also described as 'very loose fitting' the small has 10 inches of bust ease.

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Date: 4/14/13 7:25 PM

You have to learn the language of pattern descriptions. In the back of the pattern book they give definitions of how much ease for fitted, semi fitted, etc. This isn't so much big in the bust as that the sleeve draft is very deep. You can sew these kinds of cut on sleeves higher under the arm and it won't look so big.
Deb is right, this kind of neckline is tricky to sew without stretching it out. It looks like you bound the edge? As Debbie said you need to stay the neckline first thing because that v neck is basically cut on the bias which will stretch before you even sew it.

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Date: 4/15/13 8:49 AM

Thanks for all your help....the thing about the neckline is I don't think it's stretched out as this fabric is cotton with no stretch. Also, it's tight on the bottom because I am so pregnant. I think It'll all be loose when I am back to my regular body.

So could I cut into the sleeves and sew them up higher to take this all in? I guess then I would cut into the bias tape and re-cut? Or is it just going to look to messy at this point and scrap it as a learning experience?

thanks all.

I am very confused about reading patterns because as I said, for example my bust is 34 but if I made the size that indicated 34 it would be even bigger!!

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Date: 4/15/13 12:18 PM

Try pulling it up in the in the shoulders,and see if it looks better. If if does, make a pleat or some tucks, or add some elastic to the shoulder edge. That would be the easiest. Also that pattern has finished garment measurements printed on, that can be a helpful way to determine the best size.

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