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From: Mother in Law
Date: 01-30-2005, 07:56 PM (1 of 15)
Where do you measure the bust to find out what size you are when selecting a pattern? My upper bust is 38 ins and the full bust is 42 ins, which measurement is the one stated on the back of the envelope of the pattern do I use? The hip instructions says to measure around 9 ins below the waist but the bust doesn't say which bust measurement to use. Any help would be appreciated. Sandra Betzina walks around this in her lectures but the different companies do different ways so now I'm totally confused. I usually just guess and then I'm frustrated with the out come especially if it's too small.
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From: Skye
Date: 01-30-2005, 08:22 PM (2 of 15)
Sandra Betzina says in her Fast Fit book to use the high chest measuremnt for Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity, and McCalls With her patterns being the exceptions in the Butterick and Vogue. The others Kwik Sew etc use your full bust. You will need to do a full bust alteration I think given your measurements. I like Burda because they fit my C cup without any alterations so less time fiddling with the pattern and more sewing. I am impatient want it done yesterday :bg: Also had some good results with New Look patterns too.
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 01-31-2005, 01:01 AM (3 of 15)
Thanks Skye, I have her Fast Fit book and didn't realize I had that one when I posted this. I have to alter all the pattens. My arms are bigger than the pattern, my hips are okay but my waist is larger than the patten that fits my bust. I'm all messed up. I'm in a size 14/16 shirt in RTW but have been having to do a 20 in patterns for shirts and altering the arms on some not all and the length. I'm only 5'. Now that I've lost weight I'm starting to sew blouses that are tailored with vertical darts in front and back to accent my waist. It actually makes my waist look a little smaller than it is. Thanks for the info. It makes me feel a little better that I don't have to go into the 20 and 22's anymore and cut them down.
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From: Skye
Date: 01-31-2005, 01:23 AM (4 of 15)
I know all about the difference in sizing RTW I am any thing from a 10-14 depending on what shop I am in. Cant buy pantswith a nice fit. If they fit in the hips I can get another half of me in the waist. I cut patterns 12 for my shoulders and recently due to weight increase a 14 at under arm and 16 over the hips :bluesad: Good thing we sew. However only we know what the numbers are and A good fit can give a great illusion not to mention comfort.
BTW I always enjoy reading your posts you sound a great postive person. You got shorter genes than me I am 5'3"
Good luck with the new patterns
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 01-31-2005, 03:36 AM (5 of 15)
I've always had to hem my pants about 3 inches in some cases especially when they didn't make petite clothes way back when. All my sons (3 of them) are sort of short also. My oldest is only around 5'4 the others are around 5'7. My hubby is about 5'5 so we are short people but my oldest son married a girl that is 6'0. She is a sweet person and I always tease her and say we are breeding up. She gets a kick out of me telling her that.

Thank you skye for the compliment. I try to be nice most of the time, sometimes I get down and get grouchy just ask my sons and their wives. :dave: I've finally been able to sew for me tonight and it's 3:00 in the morning so I better go get some zzzzzzzzzz's. Nite and Hugs
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From: mamadus
Date: 02-01-2005, 12:30 AM (6 of 15)
Suzz.. you and I must be twins... I also am right about 5 feet tall...and we're not saying how much I weigh... :sad: the last few years I've been battling a yo-yo thyroid so my weight goes down, up, down,up.. hopefully, as menopause passes, it will settle down and so will my weight... Like you, I've spent half of my life cutting off half of my pant legs... and fit is always a problem... I bought pattern Master Boutique last year, but my measurements have changed again, so I need to redo them so that I can use the program... has anybody tried this program? and if so what were your thoughts??

MO
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 02-01-2005, 01:28 AM (7 of 15)
Hey Mamadus, What is this plan all about. I'm still losing. So I'd have to wait until I've lost all my weight before I could do anything like that but Weight Watchers is the best diet. I had a problem with Menopause also but Thank God that's over with and the weight came off. I think I'm finally over with it. Since I've lost all this weight I am now actually cold instead of burning up. The theromstat on the wall has actually had a rest here lately. :wink:
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From: mamadus
Date: 02-01-2005, 02:37 AM (8 of 15)
hey suz..actually, with Pattern Master Boutique, you put in your measurements and it generates patterns for various types of garments... you can choose the type of neckline, sleeve lengths, style, etc. YOu can put in measurements for up to 1,000 different people... May problem is that my measurements have changed since I had my measurements taken for PMB, so I have to have them retaken.... its easiest with this program if you have someone else take your measurements, that way you get the most accurate measurements. I bought the program last July at the IEC (Indiana Embroidery Conference) for a great price ($150) but haven't had a chance to try it out yet... I"m seriously considering giving Weight Watchers a go... I did it once before, quite a number of years ago, and had good luck, but that was prior to going through all this nonsense with menopause and thyroid.

MO
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 02-01-2005, 06:26 PM (9 of 15)
I'm so glad you told me about that Pattern Boutique, I'll have to add that to my wish list I'm putting together. I want everything I see. :nah: :monkey: I'm spoiled what can I say. I had a bumper sticker that says "Saw It, Had to Have It, Threw At Fit, Got It." That's my motto. Actually when I was raising my sons I did without a lot of neccessities so they could have the things they needed or wanted, my husband got what he wanted and I was the only one that scarificed the things I wanted for them. But now, I'm the one getting and they are doing without, not neccessities but the extras. I think I've earned it don't you? 36 years of marriage and 3 kids 7 grandkids, and I took care of my wonderful Mother until her death. Now it's my turn.

Weight Watchers has two plans you can go on now. The Core plan which is I think more stricter then the flex plan. The flex plan you have points to count on the core plan you can only eat what's on the core plan or you have to count your points for the things that's not on the core food list. That includes bread and other things I eat on the flex plan plus I can eat 35 extra points a week as a bonus. It's a good program.
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From: mamadus
Date: 02-03-2005, 01:48 AM (10 of 15)
Suz.. I'm almost to the point of it being "MY TURN" my dd is 24 and graduated from college and out on her own... but my ds is still at home, still working on an associate's degree (he has some learning disabilities) he's got a couple of semesters left and then it will really be "My Turn" I have to say... I can't wait!!

MO :up:
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 02-07-2005, 11:27 PM (11 of 15)
Hey Mo, I just got back up and running. My computer went belly up and I was forced to surf on a dial up ancient computer that was so slow I had time to take a bath and wash the clothes I took off before my pages came up. Now that is slow. :nah: Not really but when you're use to hitting the enter key and it sends your message and pulls up your next page in a bat of the eye you get spoiled. I'm not all up altogether but I'm half way here. I had to take the tv off the cable until I get a splitter to hook them both up again. But for now I'm back!!!!
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-07-2005, 11:53 PM (12 of 15)
Hey Susie I took a 1-1/2 hour course this last Saturday at Singer on the PSW 2.0 software. All I can say is Wow and double Wow!!! I sure wish I could afford to puchase it but it is high dollar. Talk about Cadillac software, that is it.

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From: Mother in Law
Date: 02-08-2005, 04:01 PM (13 of 15)
Patsy,

I have that software and they tell me once you learn it, it's the best they have on the market for digitizeing for the home sewers. It's almost like the pros use. I need to make time to go to lessons to learn how to use it, I've played around with it but haven't figured out how to select parts of designs and such. Now that all the babies are here I'll have time to play more with new things. This is first on my list. If you get a chance to go, they have another Embroidery Seminar in New Orleans this year in October and they use the Singer machines and have lots of projects that are fun and the price for the Seminar is around 300.00 and you can get a discount on the hotel where it's held. www.handsonsewingschool.com Check it out. They also have other semiars all over you might be closer to one of those if you're interested in going. It's a lot of fun. That's where Sandra Betzina was last year when I met her.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 02-08-2005, 11:44 PM (14 of 15)
I would love to do one of those conferences Susie but since I'm still employed full time, it's pretty hard for me to get away for any length of time and DH and I also try to take our vacation/leave time together. We so busy all the time with our church and our jobs and I belong to a quilt group and a guild so it's really hard for us to find time other than our vacations to just be together without the pressures and demands of house, job, church, etc. so I don't schedule away time without him very often but I am going to do at least one quilt retreat later this year with my quilting buds.

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From: Mother in Law
Date: 02-09-2005, 02:01 AM (15 of 15)
I know the feeling. Hubby and I go to his car show for one week in October and if I were working it would be so hard for me to get away twice in one month. Our Guild helps with the conference and since I joined after the last conference I'm hoping that I can work it this year. But I bet it won't be as much fun as when you attend as a participant instead of a worker. We'll see.
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