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Date: 5/7/13 5:53 PM

OK I admit I might be in a bad mood, but yet another independent pattern designer has their biggest size end at a 16. And sizes are subjective anyway. Measurement wise a medium is like a 32 inch bust. How many grown women do I know with a bust measurement of 32, no one. Really. It's sad. I want to spend money there but I can' t justify between $15.00 and $20.00 per pattern for me to totally redraft it for an adult. Heavy sigh.

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Date: 5/7/13 6:35 PM

Yikes. I'm borderline M/L (12 or 14 mostly) in RTW - and that puts me in the 16-18 range in patterns usually!

That would put me in a bad mood, too.

(But I'm cheap, and find it hard to part with that much $$ for a single pattern - so I'm stuck w/ Big 4 at pattern sales, or free online garments - which usually need to be graded up, even for my size.)

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Date: 5/7/13 6:47 PM

You haven't mentioned who the pattern company is, and you really should because whoever it is should be spanked. Also write a letter to them complaining about their sizes.

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Date: 5/7/13 6:59 PM

I don't recognize that size/measurement off the top of my head, but some of the newer download/PDF-based pattern companies seem to run really small with their sizing.

There have been several where I've found a top or other design that I thought was cute only to see that the size range maxes out at an XL with a bust measurement of 38" or 40".

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Date: 5/7/13 7:12 PM

Op, you may find it helps to post your measurements and shape here. Others with similar measurements and shapes may be able to help you find patterns.

I mention shape as well as measurements, because my hip measurement does not tell you that I am not wide side to side, but front to back with a big belly.

I wear an 18 in rtw and my waist is large (that big belly) in comparison to my hip. I can make an xl in Kwiksew without too many alterations.

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Date: 5/7/13 8:16 PM

Well, I am sure there are plenty of ladies out there with a 32" bust and I bet I know some myself. They deserve to have nice patterns too. :)

Several of the new indie pattern designers have chosen to focus on the smaller end of the size range - but then that's a size range that doesn't get served that well with Big 4 patterns either, usually the size 8 or 6 is the smallest size. I think it's part of aiming your products at a younger demographic. Kathleen Fasanella, the professional patternmaker/clothing line advisor, argues that we shouldn't expect every brand of RTW to fit the same or have the same size range, because they are selling to different customer groups, and I think the same can be said about pattern lines. Especially when they are indie ones and the cost of trying to grade up accurately is a real and tangible cost of them doing business.

On the other hand, indie designers like Colette do a great job at drafting for a larger size range, as does Sewaholic iirc.

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Date: 5/7/13 11:56 PM

Have you looked at Lekala patterns? I've seen some mixed reviews, but for the price it might be worth a try.

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Date: 5/8/13 4:39 AM

Nice perspective here. I never thought in terms of business sustainability. Even with the correct starting size I spend too much time on alterations as it is. Just glad there are choices even if it limits which companies.

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Date: 5/8/13 6:01 AM

I find Connie Crawford's pattern wonderful for the larger women. My daughters were tall and large-bosumed starting in teen-aged years. It was very hard to find appropriate RTW clothing for them at the time. Now, with Connie's patterns, I am able to make various outfits for them without too many alterations. Trying to find clothing for tall and big-busted women in the RTW is difficult. Their bras were like 54G before their bust reduction. Yes, the human form comes in many sizes.

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Date: 5/8/13 8:06 AM

i need larger sizes too. and if they are going to be sustainable the companies need to look at all sizes. sheesh! if they are making a 16 how hard can it be to make an 18 or 20? i am learning to grade my patterns if it isn't listed on the pattern. to heck with them!

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