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Always trying to hard to fit patterns

chimeyn | Posted in Fitting on

Just when I think I have read enough books, magazines and online articles that I should be able to fit a top pattern, I go to “town” and come up with a pattern that does not work. I take measurements, attempt to go through the drills to transfer the measurements to the patterns, but end up with a garment that is too big. Despite a 38-40 G bust size and pouchy upper abdomen, I am a small person with short arms, short back length and narrow shoulders. I am tired of trying to buy outfits that match as I have to buy a 16 petite for the lower body, sometimes 14 petite (which is really tight at the waist) and go to the Women’s department for a 2x top. Then I have to put up with shoulder seams that hang way over my shoulders and shoulder lengths that are 2 inches too long. With jackets I usually end up taking them to the tailor to have the sleeves shortened. I believe that you can look slimmer with clothes that fit right and don’t bunch up and pull at different points on your body. Something tells me that Katherine’s PetitePlus can guide me through these issues. I am looking forward to looking and feeling better, with better fitting clothes!

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    Becky-book | | #1

    Hang in there!There is help to be had in these "threads"Post photos along the way, it is so much easier to offer help if we can see just where the problem is!Becky

  2. sewelegant | | #2

    I'm glad you found Petite Plus!  Another designer I found who actually gets the "mature body" fitted a little better is Coni Crawford.  She has a line now with Butterick and it is made in all the sizes from 6 to 5X.  I made the sleeveless version of her yoke dress in a printed knit and I couldn't be happier with the fit.  The yoke tends to give the dress a little style and the lower garment just tends to flow over your bust and abdomen without calling attention to this "flaw".  When I wore it to the local dress shop (where I never seem to have success without redoing the garment) the salesclerk commented on my dress and when I told her I had made it she thought I should make them to sell, because it would go in a heartbeat.

    Check out her web site:

    http://www.fashionpatterns.com/

     

    1. jayzeyway | | #3

      Thank you for that link I will try the Conni patterns. It is good that somebody realises that as you mature you just add padding and that your basic bone structure does not change. Also today with the fashion for 'enhanced' busts on small frames there has to be more help out there.

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