Can someone explain the bust/hip indicator pattern symbols. (The round circle with a cross in the center with measurements for each size of multi-sized patterns. Threads Magazine gives this definition: This symbol indicates the bust point, waistline and hipline measurements.
and the Vouge Sewing Book gives this definition: Bust and hip indicators Circle with enclosed cross. These handy pattern notes give finished measurement of garment all around at hip and bust. Bust symbol is generally located at point of bust. Hip symbol is located at hipline (about 7 in. down from waist). Refer to bust and hip indicators to quickly determine amount of ease in pattern.
Linda Faye Lewis
The Indicator points are markers to tell you exactly where certain measurements were taken. The bust point and hip indicators are the two most important indicators when fitting.
The measurements taken at that point are the pattern size measurements + ease + design ease.
This is the point where you compare your measurements to the pattern measurements. If your measurements do not fall at the same line on the pattern as these measurements do, it tells you that you have to adjust the pattern to accommodate for that. For example you may have to raise or lower the bust point. Then you may have to increase or decrease for a difference in cup size. Then the bust point indicator is the point that you use to make the changes from as this is the apex point of the bust.
The Hip indicator is the same, it indicates the designed hip line on the pattern. It is often placed in the center of the pattern piece, aligned with the grainline or 90 degrees to the hipline. It is a reference point that allows you to make changes to the darts and hips. It becomes your anchor point. Hope this isn't too confusing, and clears up what they are for. Cathy
Edited 6/21/2008 9:59 am ET by ThreadKoe
Thanks Cathy, you are so smart! This was very helpful and I will be saving it for reference. FAYE
You are welcome, I am glad to have helped. Cathy
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