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2 1/2″ ease sound like a lot?

fabricholic | Posted in Fitting on

I am about to cut out a dress for DGD and the ease for chest is 2 1/2″. I would love to just cut it out without altering it, but does this sound like a lot of ease to anyone else? She is a size 3. I have already put it off for 2 days and I need to go on with it.



  1. starzoe | | #1

    Is this a multi-sized pattern? I guess you have measured the pattern piece and taken account of the seam allowances? (Sorry, you probably have taken all this into consideration).

    That does seem a lot of ease. Have you measured the girl and confirmed that the pattern is the right size according to the chart? Maybe the style requires a lot of ease.

    1. WandaJ | | #2

      It's easier to 'cut down' than to cut up! Be sure and check your pattern and body measurements, as I had trouble with my gd's dress bodice (discussion in another thread about lil girl's dress - bow/sash.

    2. fabricholic | | #4

      It is supposed to be the right size. I measured that much ease and started to alter the pattern, (drawing on it), taking off 7/16" off of each of the six edges, (2 front side seams, 2 back side seams, and 2 off of the zipper seam edges. Then, I noticed that it was written on the pattern that there is that much ease. It is Simplicity #2825. I then, decided that it was intended that much, but I just don't see it looking right.

  2. meg | | #3

    Try the bodice pattern out in a bit of muslin, to check the fit.

    1. fabricholic | | #5

      I think that is a good idea. I was just so anxious to start sewing. I hate this part of the process and wished I liked it more.

      1. KharminJ | | #6

        Yup - it looks to me like that is a (very cute!) "slightly shaped, but NOT fitted" top. I'd say, "Go for it", but doing a muslin is *never* a Bad Idea! Kharmin

        1. fabricholic | | #7

          Well, I made the muslin, now, if I could just find my granddaughter. lol I will keep trying. I've got to go hold my horse so that hubby can trim his feet. Thanks, bye.

  3. jjgg | | #8

    The amount of ease depends a lot on the style. But overall, 2 1/2 inches of ease in the chest, even for a child is not a lot of ease. Just taking a deep breath can expand the chest that much.

    1. fabricholic | | #9

      Now, I know. I tried the muslin on dgd, and it looks good. I will start cutting and sewing tonight. Yea. Finally, the fun part.

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