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measurements on commercial patterns

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LauriF60 | Posted in Fitting on

I measured my granddaughter for a jumper. She was between a  12 and a 14. I made a slight adjustment to the top part. Fortunately I made a practice one. It was way too big. Why? Is there something about commercial patterns?


  1. user-6798671 | | #1

    In commercial patterns, they add design ease and wearing ease - sometimes a substantial amount. Look to see if the pattern has a "finished garment measurements" section, and that will give you an idea of just how much ease has been added!

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      LauriF60 | | #4

      Thank you. I've always wondered why the gave "finished garment measurements". Now I know.

  2. user-2578864 | | #2

    Sometimes the "finished garment measurement" is printed on the pattern tissue, e.g. at the waist or hip line.

    If there aren't any finished measurements given (or the pattern doesn't have all of the finished measurements you need), you can measure the tissue and subtract the seam and hem allowances to work this out for yourself.

    If you search "flat pattern measuring" you will find a range of tutorials. Hope this helps.

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      LauriF60 | | #3

      Yes it does. Thank you so very much.

  3. Robyns227 | | #5

    Aren't the sizes on commercial patterns ridiculous?! When I use to use those, I would use my measurements, then cut and grade the pattern based on that. I ALWAYS ended up with a garment that was too big. When I tried sizing down, the garment would be too tight. Personally I don't think one should be required to have in-depth pattern making skills to make a commercial pattern fit! That's why you bought the pattern in the first place, right?!!!
    I finally realized that starting from scratch on my own was just easier; heck, the pattern companies kind of forced me into that! Now I absolutely LOVE sewing, and I have a bespoke wardrobe that flatters my figure and makes me really proud!

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