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Fitting a Pattern: Downloadable Measurement Tables

Threads #208, April/May 2020
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Measurement tables can help when you’re fitting a pattern to your figure because you need to start with a complete and accurate set of body measurements. Then compare these to the pattern’s dimensions, and factor in wearing and design ease as well.

In Threads #208 (April/May 2020), author Barbara Deckert offers essential fitting guidance for curvy figures, but her advice is helpful for anyone wishing to adjust patterns for a custom fit.

Download the tables provided to record your body measurements and to calculate the width and length changes you’ll need to make to your patterns.

Once you’ve made the basic changes, evaluate the amount of ease in the patterns, and how much you prefer for the type of garment you’re making. Barbara points out that fuller figures generally require more ease than more angular body types, so garments drape attractively and move comfortably on the body. Follow the downloadable table “Minimum wearing ease for plus sizes” to plan for the minimum amount of ease; add more if you desire.

Insiders can find out more in “How to Choose Your Preferred Ease.”

We are glad you found our second Project Guide, “Fit and Sew Tops”. This chapter focuses on basic torso adjustments. Additional articles and videos in this chapter include lessons on learning to fit the bust, learning to fit your waist and hips, and learning to fit your arms. We hope you will continues to follow along with the rest of the chapter to keep growing your skills. Stay tuned for more articles!


Barbara Deckert is the author of Sewing for Plus Sizes: Creating Clothes that Fit and Flatter (The Taunton Press, 1999), from which this article and downloadable table are adapted. Barbara Deckert draws on years of custom dressmaking and her own experience as a large woman when writing and teaching how to fit and flatter.

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  1. laswa3 | | #1

    Looks like the first 2 links land at the same table (personal body measurements)

  2. CarolFresia | | #2

    Both links take you to the same document, but all the tables are on that single document. Scroll down--you'll get tables for recording personal body measurements, calculating width and length adjustments, and planning desired ease.

    Carol Fresia, Threads Senior Technical Editor

    1. laswa3 | | #3

      I see, Thank you!

  3. dsantil71 | | #4

    These are awesome! Thank you!

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