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TutorCarol | Posted in Fitting on

Dear Fellow Sewers,

I am in need of detailed information on ease. I not only need to know the amounts of ease needed in typical areas, such as waist, underarm, hip, etc., but also the amounts of ease for tight fitted, semi-tight fitted, loose fitted, and very loose fitted. In addition I would like to know the amounts of ease each different pattern company does.  I understand that the following  pattern companies have their own dimensions: Burda, Butterick, McCall’s, Simplicity, and Vogue.  I would greatly appreciate the titles of  any articles or books in which I might find this information. And perhaps we might suggest to Threads that they write an article on this topic in the future!

Sincerely, Carol Tutor   


  1. marymary | | #1

    Carol, you said you "understand that the following  pattern companies have their own dimensions...".  Do you know that they have the charts on their websites?  Ease can also be different for different sizes.  For example, plus sizes need more ease than a size 8 at the same place.

    Threads has done articles on ease.  Do a search on "pattern ease" and you will find a lot of information.

  2. alotofstitches | | #2

    I did find the ease charts online but there is more that you need:  Upper Arm Ease for sleevesis:

    Blouse  1-1 1/2 inches, dress 1 1/2-2 in., unlined jacket 3-4 in., lined jacket 3-4 1/2 in., coat 4-5 1/2 in.

    I was not aware of those charts online--how handy!  I keep all this info inside a page protector at my cutting table so it's in easy reach.


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