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Pattern Reviews> McCall's> 2401 (Fitted sheath)

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Posted on:3/16/11 6:54 PM
Last Updated:3/17/11 1:26 PM
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ImListening said... (5/18/16 5:57 PM) Reply
Lucy, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to notice your question. I don't know how helpful my answer would have been even if it was timely. If you're still sewing, you've already figured out what I'm about to say. But for anyone else who comes along, In RTW, I generally wear 8 -10 in woven tops, small in knit tops. I wear 4-6 in bottoms. Any one new to this all, RTW and patterns are not the same kind of fruit. There's no apples to apples comparison. And once you figure out your general sizing in , say, Mccall's, there's no guarantee you'll always need the same size, even for Mccalls. Learning even basic pattern fitting and grading skills will help you take a size 12 and turn it into something that will fit YOU.
Lucy Tallulah said... (12/18/11 5:23 PM) Reply
I have a question about the sizing -- I hope you can help. I am busty and tall but think so I wear a size 6 or 8 in the store (granted with size inflation but still...) Based on my bust etc. measurements it sounds like I need at least a 14 in this thing, but I would be swimming in that size in something I got in the store. I got a vogue pattern recently and cut it out in a size 12. I ended up taking it in quite a bit. But that pattern was 6-12, in this case I either have to order the 6 8 10 or the 12 14 16. I guess my question is, what size do you typically buy in the store? Or, more like, is this the same size you buy in the store, and if not, how many sizes off? I hope that's not too nosy, I just want to get the right size range. Thank you!
ArtAttack said... (7/28/11 2:56 PM) Reply
I'm planning to purchase this pattern to make a muslin using Nancy Z's Pattern Fitting with Confidence. It has simple lines and I think will make a good basic learning pattern for her pivot and slide method...we'll see! Yours is lovely!
renren said... (3/18/11 9:09 AM) Reply
Very lovely dress! Ugh, muslins. The essential extra step. Actually, the last two aprons I made would have benefitted from being muslined . . . or at least tissue fitted! Well, you have a perfect dress here without one!!! Yay for that!
kcstarr49 said... (3/17/11 6:48 PM) Reply
I have made this dress many times, yet I still have to tinker with it. Your version looks wonderful
persevering said... (3/17/11 1:55 PM) Reply
BTW - maybe my back isn't as broad - my 'high bust measurement' is 32.5, so maybe I can try??
persevering said... (3/17/11 1:52 PM) Reply
Thanks for your kind response - that is what I've been avoiding .... adjusting... I've never done it.... I used to sew my own clothes from patterns, years ago... and never adjusted (I also was exactly size 12 measurements - why even the pants fit - a smaller waist ago) - now I think I know more/am more conscious of what good fit looks like and want it ... and I'm so intimidated (it was always so difficult just to follow pattern directions, and always took me so long) silly, I guess, but I'm scared. Anyways, thanks again for posting and sharing - your dress really looks great!
ImListening said... (3/17/11 1:23 PM) Reply
Thank you all for your comments. persevering, I'm not sure why the V neck didn't work. I think perhaps it was the sturdiness of the fabric. It didn't have the drape that was suggested on the pattern envelope. I don't think the dress I sewed would work for a 35.5 bust unless your back was not as broad as mine. Perhaps you could do something with the darts to give yourself more room? But you might just have to adjust the pattern. Which I don't think would be difficult.
cleverkitty said... (3/17/11 10:24 AM) Reply
Seems like you fixed it quite nicely, I know I do that too about making muslins, I just don't and then regret it when things go wrong. LOL about the napkin, make sure it's a big white linen one, this has to be your dress you wear to expensive restaurants. Looks very nice on you BTW
portercs said... (3/17/11 8:57 AM) Reply
Your dress looks great and, yes, I agree making a muslin is often a very good idea....
persevering said... (3/16/11 10:38 PM) Reply
Beautiful dress! Do you have any idea why the 'v' neck gapped. If I made this (it could happen), I think that is the view I'd use. Could use also explain what you mean by 'definitely need a napkin in my lap at dinner'? Also, with the size 12 you made, in your opinion, do you think it might fit a 35.5" bust? (Otherwise, I'm quite close to your waist & hip measurements -I think- though I'm a few inches shorter in height. Thanks.
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