Hello! I’m new here and first want to start by thanking all the folks that post responses to questions!
I’m hoping one of you can help me with my question around what size pattern to buy?
First pants: I was taking a pant making class and making the Sandra Betzina Jeans (Vogue 7608). The instructor measured me and said that I was between a size C and a D (on Sandra’s chart), thus she recommended I make size C as the crotch would fit better and it would be easier to change the rest then the crotch. I took me SEVERAL hrs of alterations to make the muslin even come close to fitting. Then I happened along a size D pattern and made that one and to my surprise it was a very good fit as is (just a little extra at center back which can easily be removed… so my question around pants sizing is, how can I now what size pattern to buy? Yes most are multi sized but it seems I’m on the border of 2 size catagories. I’d hate to have to buy 2 patterns for every style. Any advice? Which is better, go up a size or down a size? Which measurement is the most important in pant consturction?
Second blouses: my high bust measurement corresponds to a size 16 on most patterns, my actually bust (DD) correspondes to a size 18, waist is almost a size 12. Which meausrement is the most important in blouse consturction?
Third source for cotton stretch fabric – I’ve been wanting to make a dress shirt for some time now… I have made a good fitting muslin for the pattern but can’t find fabric. I’m looking for a cotton with some stretch (lycra) in it but can’t find any in a shirting weight locally. Any suggestions for a Canadian fabric supplier/store?
Thanks in advance for any responses!