When you’re fitting a pattern to your figure, you need to start with a complete and accurate set of body measurements. Then compare these to the pattern’s dimensions, and factor in wearing and design ease as well.
Download the tables provided to record your body measurements and to calculate the width and length changes you’ll need to make to your patterns.
Once you’ve made the basic changes, evaluate the amount of ease in the patterns, and how much you prefer for the type of garment you’re making. Barbara points out that fuller figures generally require more ease than more angular body types, so garments drape attractively and move comfortably on the body. Follow the downloadable table “Minimum wearing ease for plus sizes” to plan for the minimum amount of ease; add more if you desire.
Insiders can find out more in “How to Choose Your Preferred Ease.”
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