HELP! I am in my 60’s I am 4′!! and I wear a size 20 women’s petite when I can find them. I have sewn all my life. when I was young and skinny it was a matter of shortening and taking in
bit, but doable. over the years, between gravity and health problems, I have gone from a cute petite to a short overweight pear shaped difficult to fit frazzled sewist. I shorten the area between the bust to the waist, the waist to the hips, but what I can not seem to get under any sort of control is the area between the bust point and the shoulders. Narrow the shoulders and the neck, and go from a B cup to a D cup, keep the back wide enough to have ease, and I won’t even start on the sleeve and armseye problem. the pattern begins to look like the funhouse mirror that shortens and widens you gone berserk. I need to sew because the RTW market has decided that petite is 5’4″.
So, I know that there is someone out here who likes classic clothes that are semi fitted and is also 4’11 with a “mature” figure. and you have figured out what to do. I get so frustrated. I know that the process starts with getting the hips,waist, and bust moved to where they need to be, and then you adjust the cup size. but the shoulders hang off and there is a huge amount of fabric in the sleeve and armsye that just bunch up because I need to eliminate the neckline gap.
I know that I am starting to ramble. but I have adjusted commercial patterns, drafted my own, had a friend try to drape me. and I just seem to fix one problem and create two more. I am so tired of wearing oversized t-shirts and pants that are not fitted. Tent dresses are out of style. (anyone besides me remember Tottie Fields) some suggestions that really work please.