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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > Petite a pattern chart ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Petite a pattern chart
guides to how much & where to petite a pattern
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Date: 7/1/13 2:58 AM

Nice post by Madalynne on how to petite a pattern.
Madalynne - How to make a pattern petite
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Date: 7/1/13 9:33 AM

Wow. Thanks for the link. I also liked Madalynne's post on rise in pants.

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Date: 7/1/13 10:19 AM

Thanks -- amazing blog, too. She has a whole page of info. about drafting and alterations.

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Date: 7/1/13 11:33 AM

Thanks so much for the link~this is what I need to post above my cutting table.

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Date: 7/1/13 11:46 AM

Many, many thanks. I need this info (have needed it forever), it will be so helpful with every pattern, had to guess so much in past, not always successfully either.

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Date: 7/1/13 9:05 PM

I've seen this. I can't wrap my head around it. Even though we may all be petites we are all built differently and altering a pattern is totally subjective. I don't see how you can just do these adjustments and expect the pattern to fit.
What do you do about forward shoulders, C or larger cups, flat butts, on and on? My daughter is VERY petite but has arms longer than any in women's RTW just as an example.

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I got my hands on a chart that showed how widths and length were reduced for petite woman.
Who came up with this chart? Pattern makers?

Patterns are infamous for using measurements that don't work for most women. Are we to believe that if we just reduce them according to a corporate chart that they will work for all petites? I say do the work. Take proper measurements and learn to adjust your patterns to fit your unique body. Depending on an arbitrary chart is dangerous unless you want to invite failure.
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Date: 7/1/13 11:57 PM

I think the chart is helpful as a starting point in remembering to check this and that when working with a new pattern. I would not use it as a prescriptive guide. Here is what I normally measure and adjust:
1. waist placement
2. bodice length
3. dart placement
4. shoulder width
5. armscye depth, and sometimes redraw
6. hem length
7. sleeve length

I need to add more measurements to my routine and the chart will help me as I take my measurements and think about the alteration.

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Date: 7/2/13 1:36 AM

I seem to be in agreement with your alterations. I am 36b so it's really about reducing length in most areas and redrawing where necessary. Its a useful guide
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Date: 7/2/13 2:41 AM

I also see the chart as a starting point and since I am a petite and a plus anything circumference related would not be applicable to me. < : ) As guides, however, they are helpful to pointing at what areas to shorten. I was working up a McCalls no-petite adj lines skort for DD who is also short - 5' 2"and noticed some I'd made of those same adjustments in the pant section of the chart.
Things like shoulder slopes and alignments. hip tilts, bust point lengths and spans are VERY body specific so no, I do not expect ANY pattern to get that right. I will always have to adjust, unless I drafted it in my software and even then I tweak things ( like armholes & even a design line) in it's editor. : )
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Date: 7/2/13 10:19 AM

sewpelican, I am 35/36B and also focus on length alterations, rather than circumference. I fit/sew alone and have some trouble with back length, and back fit but usually get it close enough to wear.

I have a proposal to this group of petites. We could occasionally report back here with some info on alteration and pattern # or photo. Even though we are all different, we might get useful information from one another on alterations. It might be interesting to individualize the chart to our own needs.

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