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Advice for fitting a dress pattern for a mans body?
How on earth do you take a pattern made for a woman and make it fit a guy?
Virginia Hazel
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Date: 7/4/13 6:50 PM

This may raise a few eyebrows but I was wondering how you would go about this? I have a copy of the Hawthorn dress from Colette and I'm making one for myself but my boyfriend needs a dress for a masquerade ball (long story) and I was wondering how one would go about doing that.

So, about the guy. He's a 43 inch chest and a 40 inch waist so he's within the listed sizes but how do you go about grading and what about the shoulders? Do you just use the bust size for that like with women or do you have do use a different one? I'm okay with measuring the paper pattern and working it out from that but is there an easier way?

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Date: 7/4/13 7:15 PM

Hi Virginia Hazel,

After seeing the title of your post, I jsut had to read it. I thought you were either sewing for someone who is transgender, or for a costume. Regardless, the process would be the same.

I am NOT a professional by any means, so take what I say with that in mind.

First, I would trace the pattern onto paper, leaving a large seam allowance, or perhaps adding an inch or more to each "seam."

I would decrease the natural curve from the chest to the waist/ hips and straighten it to match a man's physique. Measure your boyfriend's waist and hips to get an idea of how much you need to adjust those areas.

The muslin will be your friend. After you make the muslin, post pictures and those with much more experience than I will be able to help you tweak the pattern so it fits properly.



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Date: 7/4/13 7:59 PM

I'd choose separates from Lekala.co - a blouse and a skirt, input the fashion victim's measurements, then attach the two at the waist, and add the Hawthorne details - collar, etc. There are some free skirt patterns that should work, and a blouse pattern will cost about $2. On the page where you enter the measurements, remember to choose the proper size paper size (something I occasionally forget to do.) The default setting is without seam allowances, but you can choose to have seam allowances added, if you want. You should have the pattern in your inbox in anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours, and assembling the patterns will take an hour or so.

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Date: 7/4/13 8:06 PM

Start with a mans shirt pattern sculpted
The pattern bodice so it looks like
The pattern dress .

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Date: 7/4/13 8:41 PM

fit the man's frame-- back width, shoulder length, and waist to nape length are pretty important here.

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Date: 7/4/13 11:30 PM

Is he going to wear a padded bra with the dress? That might make fitting easier.

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Date: 7/5/13 0:21 AM

When my boyfriends have worn my dresses to a "dress up party" with me, they wanted a bust, to add to the total effect in the dress, so I loaned them a bra too. With that dress, I think you should fit it, to the way you want your body to be under it, not particular the way it might be. I think since that dress has a waist to it, so if you want it to keep the hourglass shape to it, that would be the way to go. Since his waist is about his chest size, I think you had better use the size dress for his 40 inch waist and not the chest at all. Too much fabric is way better than not enough. Main thing is that it just has to fit around you above all else. Good thing about that dress is it's sleeveless.
So if he has large shoulders and arms, you can probably just cut the arm holes of it out more and deeper even maybe.

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Date: 7/5/13 8:32 AM

I would ask Sandra Betzina.

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Date: 7/5/13 8:46 AM

Use Raglin shoulderpads and sew them into the dress. It helps with the shape, without a bra.
I have done it for bridal .......you know the bride that needs a little (or a lot) of "help"Have fun.

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Date: 7/5/13 12:59 PM

How do those of you with small busts or full busts select a pattern size?

Then, either make the small bust adjustment, or fill in the void.

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