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Date: 4/22/13 11:47 PM

after trying (my first!) 2 patterns, I don't even know if I should bother with them and I would be better off trying to copy my clothes

i tried a pair of pants that didn't fit at all because the the crotch/bum part was way too short and that wasn't fixable through an alteration

a tank top that fit so wonky tight in the back and crazy small armholes

have any of you found that it was easier copying your own clothing or making your own pattern than trying to alter existing patterns?
i'm worried that it might be too complicated for a beginner but I may take a class for it since it seems like that is my only practical option

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Subject: Mens patterns: Should you even bother? Date: 4/22/13 11:57 PM

No. Did you use your measurements to choose the pattern size by the measurements on the pattern envelope?

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Date: 4/23/13 0:16 AM

Patterns rarely ever fit straight out of the envelope. I think you have a good idea though looking at your clothes to see what the measurements are, and comparing them to the pattern pieces. Patterns have built in ease that throws off even the most seasoned sewist. You might find if you compare your garment's measurements to the pattern's you might go up or down from the size you thought you were.

Which patterns did you start with?

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Date: 4/23/13 0:34 AM

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No. Did you use your measurements to choose the pattern size by the measurements on the pattern envelope?




yes I did
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Date: 4/23/13 0:37 AM

simplicity 9330

this one I feel like I can alter to fit decently but the back being tight I don't think I can fix
luckily its a jersey tank top so it might be able to stretch out to fit after a few wears

the pants I'm not sure what patten company, but they were one of the beginner pajama pants

maybe the problem is I'm not very knowledgeable in alterations and there's some kind of magic in it hah
i think i'll take an alterations class

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Date: 4/23/13 1:00 AM

Here is your pattern. It gets easier to link pages and add images as you spend more time here.

I always measure the flat pattern pieces to see how much ease there is. Tonight I worked with a HotPatterns top which has a 49" bust in a size 10-12! Granted, it is a peasant top but still!

Lay out your tank top pattern pieces and measure from seam allowance to seam allowance. If it is to be on a fold, multiply by 2. Do the same for both front and back, then add the two numbers together. Subtract the seam allowances (4 x 5/8").

If you find that the back of the tank is too tight, add extra pattern tissue on the edges of the pattern to make it a bigger size in back. You can sew two different sizes :-)

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Date: 4/23/13 8:17 AM

I've found with men's patterns, the difference between M, L and XL is a few inches here and there. The patterns frequently look like they are graded using a computer. Making a muslin, even for a pair of casual sleep pants, was the only way for me to get a proper fit. (Yes, I even wear that crappy muslin from time to time, because it fits.) Good news! Once you spend time making one, you now know what to change (or re-shape) on the next pattern.

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