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1sew | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello everyone. I trying to learn to fit my clothes around my 43 inch stomach and 42 inch hips. If anyone has any suggestion please advise. Most pattern does not allow for my voluptious african american heritage fit. I cut the fabric to big and cant figure out how to alter it. Altering seems to be a speacialty task in itself. Pattern making seems wonderful. But which one do I buy.


  1. rekha | | #1

    You are asking a lot of questions here.

    1. Which specific pattern are you using so one may be able to recommend a direction
    2. There is a specific catalogue of patterns for African Americans, Estyle, (amalgamation of Ebony and Spiegel magazines) which you will find quite helpful
    3. If you have been reading Thread magazine, for immediate answers to your fitting question, look at http://forums.taunton.com/tp-gatherings/messages?msg=6194.21
    4. I wonder whether you have measured the following:

            back hip (~7" below waist) and front hip

            front and back waist (to find your waistline tie a 1/4" elastic around your stomach and move sideways to see where it sits. That will be your waist line).

            crotch length and depth. Crotch length is measured by sitting on a chair and taking a measurement from the side of your waist to the chair.

            Crotch length is measured by taking a measurement starting from the front of the waist down the crotch and over the back to the back waist line.

             You will also need to measure your thighs if you are making trousers/pants

    Hope this helps

  2. rodezzy | | #2

    Did you mean 52 in hips?  I'm African American and hips are usually not smaller than the stomach.

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