Pattern sizes can always be a little confusing. The size you pick will depend on the brand of pattern you are using. I really struggled with pattern sizes when I started sewing. So I wanted to put together a list of top tips for finding the pattern size to fit you.
- Do NOT use a dress size from a shop bought garment when choosing a pattern size. The dress sizes on a pattern are NEVER the same and you will end up with an ill-fitting garment.
- Never be put off by the size of pattern you have to use – it is never the same as the size of garment you would usually buy.
- Always use your exact measurements when choosing a pattern size. The standard measurements are in inches for Bust, Waist and Hips.
- Always use the measurements provided on the pattern for ‘Finished Garment size’ otherwise the garment will be too big. Don’t use the measurements provided under the pattern sizes.
- When you find a size that fit you for a particular pattern – stick with it!! You will learn which sizes in which pattern suit you best. Don’t change the pattern size you are using just because you think you should be a different size.
Some patterns are ‘Multi-size’ patterns, which allow you to choose a different size for your bust, hips and waist if your measurements don’t fit to one size. I have found Simplicity patterns use this in most of their patterns. This allows you to get a pattern that fits you much better with minimal altering.
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Love Heather xx