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From: Keena
Date: 09-09-2004, 08:27 PM (1 of 4)
Hello everyone. I'm not exactly new to the sewing world, but I am new to the forum. :smile: Hopefully you all can help me with my pattern question.

I've been sewing for quite a while, but it has mostly been with my own ideas. I haven't used many patterns. Mostly things I make are my own ideas and are kind of on a trial and error basis.

One of my husband's friends has asked me to make a cape for him (for halloween). The only problem is the only pattern we can find (that he likes) only goes to XL, and we'll probably need a 3XL. I haven't taken his measurements yet, but his normal clothing size is a 3XL. The area I live in is very rural, and it is very hard to find patterns in larger sizes. My question is: Is it hard to make something larger than the pattern actually allows for? If it is, should a beginner like me even attempt it?

Thanks so much in advance!
User: Keena
Member since: 09-09-2004
Total posts: 4
From: DorothyL
Date: 09-09-2004, 10:39 PM (2 of 4)
First off -- you need measurements to size patterns. They are not the same as ready-to-wear.
That said, with something as loose fitting as a cape, you shouldn't have any problems. I would think that with a simple cape you could add a couple inches all the way around if you wanted too.
The best places to add are in the same places the pattern company does on multi- sized patterns.
There are probably people here who know more about it but for a simple cape to be worn one or two times it shouldn't be difficult at all.
You can always make a sampe first out of cheap $1 a yard fabric.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: MaryW
Date: 09-10-2004, 08:43 AM (3 of 4)
Hi Keena, welcome to Sew Whats New.

A cape is about the only thing that is easy to make bigger without much problem. 2"-3" added should about do it with the pattern you are working with.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Keena
Date: 09-10-2004, 12:30 PM (4 of 4)
Thank you all so much! I was beginning to get very worried that I had bitten off more than I could chew! :smile:
User: Keena
Member since: 09-09-2004
Total posts: 4
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