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From: tuttie2000
Date: 04-03-2005, 01:08 PM (1 of 3)
Hello everyone:

I just joined this forum today. Could someone please tell me how to adjust a pattern for my measurements. I am attempting to make a skirt, just a basic easy pattern. However, the measurements on the enveloped do not match my measurements. I am a full figured woman and the my waist is 40 and my hips are 42. I am using a Butterick pattern size 20, 22, 24. The waist is ok for size 24 but the hip size is 48. I thought about using the size 22 which is a 37 waist and a 46 hip. I am looking forward to sewing a few nice skirts with this pattern but am afraid that I will mess it up.

Someone please help!
User: tuttie2000
Member since: 04-03-2005
Total posts: 1
From: K8_Dog
Date: 04-03-2005, 03:07 PM (2 of 3)
Welcome to the forum. I have two suggestions for you.

1. Trace the pattern onto another sheet of paper (I've been using tissue paper for gift wrapping for lack of anything better) before you start cutting. This way, if you make a mistake, or if the skirt doesn't fit quite right, you can try altering the pattern again.

2. Check out the "pants fitting lessons" on the main sew what's new website. The suggestions she makes for altering pants patterns are very applicable to skirts too (and skirts are way more forgiving!)
part one:
and part two:
part three isn't up yet

In general, the rule is to choose the size according to your hip measurement, and then adjust the waist.

Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
User: K8_Dog
Member since: 05-05-2004
Total posts: 26
From: paroper
Date: 04-03-2005, 06:10 PM (3 of 3)
Actually, you have a three-size pattern. You can use the 24 waist and the 22 hip. I would trace the pattern off, but you don't have to do that. You just draw a line down from the 24 waist to the 22 hip making sure that you touch the line at exactly the waist and the hip...absolutely no problem. the bottom portion of your pattern will use the size 22 pattern lines for hem side seams, the waistline, (waistband, etc,) the garment will be a size 24. If this were a dress, you could even have a size 20 at the top...whatever it needs. If you happen to have something that fits around the waist like a facing that will need to be adjusted, you just lay the facing over the "new" pattern lines and trace through the pattern so that it matches. There will be very little difference on something like a waist facing. If you think that you may need to adjust further, you can reduce your pattern 1 inch for every 1/4 inch you decrease your it on 2 pieces so that you will actually be doing on in 4 dress pieces when you cut out: 4X 1/4 = 1 if you made an adjustment on the side front, you would do the same on the side back. I rarely make any adjustments on the center of any garment.

Being able to make alterations like this is a the real advantage to 3 size patterns! I used to sometimes be a real pain!

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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