Adjusting pattern sizing

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I am a reasonably good dressmaker, but have some difficulties in
sorting out patterns for myself.   I am 5 ft tall and weigh 9 stone.
I have a 36" bust ( and I am high-busted and short-waisted) and my
waist measurement is NOW only about one inch less than my hips!   Are
you getting a picture?   I call my shape a busty tube!  More or less
straight up and down.   I have good thighs and legs though and a small
seat.

I find that because of my largish bust size relative to my height and
shape, I usually  have to use about 2 sizes less for the back and I
need 2-3 sizes less for pants (except for the waist).   I don't have
too much problem with pants because I simply take the measurement
straight up from the widest hip point and then either dart or
elasticize the waist - and sometimes a bit of both.

Some years ago I had a foundation pattern made to fit me.   I have a
dummy that is roughly my shape (give or take larger seat and a
slightly lower bust) and I can manage most things with it.   My basic
foundation blocks comprise a foundation top front and top back,
foundation sleeves and pants.   It is still more or less accurate.   I
simply need some help or advice as to how to deal with this problem of
a much larger front measurement than the back for tops, jackets,
dresses.   I don't always find what I want in a multi-size pattern.

There is a book I have seen advertised by Taunton Press (publishers of
Threads) by Sandra Betzina which purports to cover the problems I seem
to be having.   Can anyone in this group analyse/recommend or
whatever? this book?  

I'd appreciate feedback - because I am now onto my third toile for a
top and don't feel I'm making much progress here.


TigsNona

Re: Adjusting pattern sizing
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Well, I solved the problem by buying pattern drafting software
(www.wildginger.com, NAYY), because it was SOOOOOO difficult to keep
altering patterns, so I am not going to be of much assistance if your
efforts to manually draft a pattern, but if you want a basic bodice
re-drafted, you can get customized directions here:

http://www.panix.com/~aqn/tailoring2/drafting/index.html

(follow the instructions on the dialogue window -- a thoughtful addition
by the web site owner to protect the privacy of people's dimensions --
to get into the site)

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I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  - Mother Teresa


Re: Adjusting pattern sizing
On Tue, 14 Oct 2003 07:06:15 GMT, Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to

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Thank you for your help.  I could not access www.panix.com because it
seems to be an American ISP of some sort.   If you have the bodice
instructions on a separate file, perhaps you could send it to my email
address as an attachment please?  My email is:
snipped-for-privacy@emailaccount.com

Thank you very much
TigsNona

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Tigsnona wrote:
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Sorry; it's a web site where you plunk in your measurements and it gives
you the instructions.

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I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  - Mother Teresa


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I have that book, and it's very goo.  Hit the URL in my sig and look at
my book list.  there are a couple reviewed there (I don't sell the, just
pass on my thoughts).
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Re: Adjusting pattern sizing
I have Sandra's book which is good. I also have "fitting finesse  by
Nancy Zieman of nancysnotions.com....search for said book and it will be
on the second page..19.98 for book.There is also a video at the same
price but I did not feel it was necessary,the book tells all..There is
not a problem that is not recognized..My best pattern investment.. They
send very quickly....Hope it helps,lots of luck

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Re: Adjusting pattern sizing
I have Sandra's book which is very good.I also sent for -Fitting Finesse
by Nancy Zieman.Try nancysnotions.com-do a search for-Fitting Finesse
book - click to page 2-19.98 is the price(invaluable ) it has every
problem you can think of and how to handle it..  There is a video at the
same price but I did not think it necessary,that would be up to
you...You will use the book often.   Hope it helps...Happy sewing



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