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Size Medium rtw vs 16 pattern size

Jazzy_Maxine | Posted in Fitting on

This question has probably been asked a million times in one way or the other but I need to ask it again. I am about to cut out a pattern. It’s New Look…

Well, it’s on this page…


6147. It’s for my Mom. She’s 82. She’s a basic Medium in rtw. The pattern is a very general fit as you can see. I chose size 16. I do not have her measurements but she’s basically average and likes a slightly fuller cut for comfort.

After talking to my sis, I’m going to add a zipper in the front and pockets.

Any feedback would be appreciated in regards to wheather I picked the right size. It’s not too late to change to the next size up. I don’t think down would be necessary.





  1. SAAM | | #1

    Size 16 might be a little bit big, but the pattern looks like it would be easy to take in. I usually think of 12-14 in patterns as equivalent to medium RTW.

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    Becky-book | | #2

    Dear Maxine,

    Are you planning a zipper in the jacket?  The shirt has a small zipper in one of the back raglan sleeve seams (doesn't look like a good idea to me).

    The jacket looks like it should work in a size 16, even if it turns out a little too big.

    The raglan sleeve top does not look like it would work for 82 yr old Mom.

    For the pull-up style pants I would want to check waist and hip measures before cutting, to make sure you have enough ease for her comfort.

    Hope this helps,


    1. Jazzy_Maxine | | #3

      I'm sorry... I should have been more specific. I totally forgot to say that I am only making the jacket. The zipper will work with that I think because she doesn't like anything high in front. A lower neckline should accomodate the zipper ok. I'll leave a few inches at the bottom open and not sew the zipper all the way down. I'll start it (at the top) at a comfortable place for the way it starts to open on it's own. I'm not sure what that's called.  I'll be able to judge that by the end of the week since my NEW DRESS FORM WILL BE HERE BY THEN ! <<<Huge smile from Maxine>>>

      She has her own favorite polyester pull-on pants that she wears and she's perfectly happy with them... lol so I won't even go there trying to make her anything else. I'm using neutral colors with some black trim so they will match whatever color her pants are.

      I see what you mean about the tops. No I would not do those for her either. The jacket it a good one though. (choice I mean) I bought the pattern just for the jacket. I should have posted that earlier and I forgot, sorry.

      Is there a place here to post projects? If so I will post a pic when finished...

      Thanks again  you guys and thanks for the sizing info. I decided on 14. I was leanign toward that but I chose 16 just because I wanted to be on the safe side. But this jacket is probably a little more loosly fitted in the first place. So I think 14 will work. I'll let you know if it doesn't...


      1. mem | | #4

        Maybe use a 14 across the back and chest and taper it wider to go over the hips . You can always take a jacket in at the side but if its too big across the back that is very difficult.

        1. Jazzy_Maxine | | #5

          Thank you for that advice... I cut a larger seam allowance so I can sew a bit smaller one as I aproach the bottom near the hips. Good idea...

          The pattern is a bit flared anyway. I discovered that when I got the pattern pieces out... It's slightly A line. This is good...

          Thank you very much


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