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Date: 12/10/13 5:49 AM

The review asks what size a reviewer made but that is not helpful alone. What is helpful is what size do they normally wear in RTW and/or the big 4 pattern companies. I have even seen adjustments made but not whether the person normally makes these adjustments on every pattern. Some reviewers are good about this but many give you no idea at all if the pattern runs small or big or has in general other fitting issues. This is especially important when trying a new pattern company. I love it when the reviewer says something like " the sleeves run way too wide" or "this pattern has measurements for a size X but it runs more like a size larger." It gives me a place to start looking for adjustments. Any thoughts about how to incorporate this into most reviews?

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Date: 12/10/13 8:31 AM

Usually I post a comment on the review and ask about those kinds of things. You can also ask on either threads about particular pattern lines or post a particular question on the boards.

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Date: 12/10/13 10:02 AM

I agree 100%.
I wish reviewers would state whether their measurements match the measurements that go with the size they used. That combined with the photos gives one a good sense of how a pattern fits. General statements about whether the pattern runs large or small are useful but not quite enough since we all like different amounts of ease and ease requirements are different depending on one's figure.

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Date: 12/10/13 10:24 AM

We have been around this circle many times on the boards. People are nice to review patterns so that we may benefit, and we really cannot dictate the info they include in any regimented manner. I think the template we have now is a good one, and it does allow for some freedom in what we include!

Some people are more detail oriented and they will include loads of info, and some people want to tell you only the high spots good or bad. Any info at all is better than none really, and for the most part the reviews have been well done and helpful to me over the years. When you post a review, do include all the info you want to include. Meanwhile, cut some slack for those who are kind enough to review, but maybe don't include exactly what you like in the review.

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Date: 12/10/13 10:54 AM

I AGREE 100%!!!! Even if you have a question that says was the pattern too big or too small for your measurements? i have been screaming about this lots and have gotten replies back that people do not want to reveal their size or measurements. Fine. But at least let us know if the pattern is true to size whatever that might be. This is a MAJOR NEEDED piece of information!!!!! I am a tweener size so when buying a pattern I really need to know if the pattern is sized big or small or just right!!! After all this is called PATTERN REVIEW!!!! To just let the reviewer add the info is not good enough. There needs to be a specific question. It can be worded thus:" Was the pattern true to your measurements?" It can be answered yes or no and room for comments if the reviewer wants to say something. I do not think this adds a burden. It does not even need to be answered.
I also so appreciate all reviews and am grateful for the time and effort taken to post them.
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Date: 12/10/13 11:20 AM

Lately, I have been trying to remember to include it...

I am one that includes my measurements in my signature line...but not necessarily in my reviews. I think one of my latest reviews I included the finished bust measurement compared to mine.

I really do wish people told what size they made, even if they don't give their own measurements.

BUT as Muffet said, the review in and of itself is terribly helpful and I wouldn't want anyone to feel put upon to include info they don't want to include.

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Date: 12/10/13 11:31 AM

Of course, I'm grateful for all and any reviews.
Doesn't mean I don't want more info!

I'm sorry people feel embarrassed about sharing their measurements but honestly it's just numbers. If you look good enough in the garment to share a photo (and I sincerely think everyone looks awesome in their review pictures) then the numbers aren't going to change that! You'll still look awesome.

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Date: 12/10/13 12:09 PM

I try to include information about the sizing in my reviews. I usually will say 1) this pattern matches/doesn't match the company's usual sizing. 2) the garment is big/small on me in these areas...3) I altered in the following ways... For example, I might write "This pattern runs larger than other Vogue patterns I have made. I sewed a 10 through the shoulders and a 12 through the bust, with a smaller seam allowance near the hips for room. It was too big on me through the upper bust and waist."

My measurements would perhaps be a starting point for someone, but I have learned that bodies can have the same measurements and look completely different. My size choices in patterns reflect what I know will work for me, and the ease I want in a particular garment. In the end, it is up to the sewer to determine what will work based on their own research. I almost always make trial garments, or a even a true muslin for a special project.

Hope this helps, and the discussion continues. This is an important consideration when sewing clothing. At some point in my learning curve, I have to make decisions about how much tweaking I'll do to make something fit correctly.

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Date: 12/10/13 12:15 PM

There's a flip side to the runs big or small and that pertains to the wearers' ease preference.

Example- I prefer knit patterns to actually fit with a bit of ease. In other words I don't depend on the stretch to get a good fit. Someone else may prefer their knits to fit with negative ease which is quite common with a pattern designed for knits. We both review the same pattern and can have entirely different takes on the big or small issue.

The same can be said of fitting wovens. It all depends on the wearers ease preference.

This makes it much harder for a blanket statement of running big or small to give any indication of how the pattern really fits. Every body has a differing preferences on fit and ease. That's one of the many reasons we sew.

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Date: 12/10/13 1:16 PM

But wouldn't it be helpful to know if a pattern runs big anyway? Then you do not need to add so much ease. Likewise if a pattern runs a bit small you will need to add more. For me that info is crucial in making up a pattern. For me to have the question..."What size did you make?" means nothing....the question should be "was the sizing correct?" That's all...very simple.
MrsCharisma I love it that you have posted your measurements in your byline and I love your reviews. Many thanks!!!!

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