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Where Do I Find the Size?

paulette | Posted in Patterns on

I purchased a McCalls Palmer Pletsch pattern and want to make the sleeveless dress. The link  is http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4877.htm I’m just getting back to sewing for myself after a very long time.

Anyway, maybe I’m missing something, but I couldn’t find anywhere on the back of the pattern which size to cut out for my true measurements so I worked backwards ( or thought I did)from the finished garment measurements . I used the size12 in this instance  and unfortunately when I made up a muslim it was too tight. Unfortunately I cut out the 12 from the original pattern so now I either have to  enlarge the pattern or buy another one( hope I can get one on sale this weekend at Joann’s). I do like the pattern and I’m hoping someone can tell me where I can go to figure out what size I should make.




  1. lilah | | #1


    I checked out the pattern with your link and apparently you have to go to the Size Chart page and then choose the body type - misses, misses petite.  That's where the body measurements show up.  I know you must be frustrated with this pattern.  I've done the same thing before.

    1. paulette | | #2

      Thanks for the response. I'll check that out because I do like that dress very much and have a similar RTW in my closet. Now the real problem is being honest with my measurements!

      1. lilah | | #3

        A lot of us have that problem! LOL! I was reading an interview of Sandra Betzina and she said that a lot of women have given up sewing for themselves because of the struggle of altering patterns to fit. I always thought that sewing for myself was just impossible, and I'm appalled at the idea that I have to wear such large sizes now! But sewing for my daughter has changed my point of view. She had been very thin because of IBS and she's recently gained some weight. She wanted to gain weight but when she had to buy new clothes in a size 6, she said she felt HUGE! When I took her measurements and her waist measurement showed she would need a size 10 to 12 in a Simplicity pattern, she was horrified. I had to explain all that stuff about the patterns being completely different from RTW. Good luck and don't worry about the measurements, it's all good.

  2. woodruff | | #4

    "...when I made up a muslim"

    Paulette, not to be politically-incorrect or anything, but I think you mean a "muslin."

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    Becky-book | | #5

    Just a quick note for the future: always copy your pattern off on tissue paper (or something) never cut the original!  I have 3 very different shaped daughters and wanted to use the same patterns for all of us so..... I learned to copy everything and label who it fits!  And with your copy, you won't accidentally cut on the wrong line!


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