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From: Kaidyn
Date: 04-09-2005, 07:43 PM (1 of 2)
Please help me! I haven't sewn a stitch since Jr High School and am now trying to sew a pair of pants. I bought this pattern from the store that I realy like, Simplicity New Look 6190. I even picked out the view I wanted to make (B). I have all the supplies I need and am all ready to start, so I sit down and open up the package and now I'm lost.
Not only am I not sure of exactly how to get started, I measured myself and the pattern is way to big. The smallet size it has marked is 8, a 39 1/2" at the hip I'm assuming. I am a petite 31". How in the world to I alter this pattern to fit? The whole point of making my own clothes was to save money and have clothing that will fit me since it is impossible to buy anything in my size. I would appreciate any and all suggestions and help.
And I did look for a pattern in my size and it seems they don't carry them in any store around me.

Thank you!!!

User: Kaidyn
Member since: 04-09-2005
Total posts: 1
From: Serenity
Date: 04-09-2005, 08:14 PM (2 of 2)
Hello Kaidyn,

Please do not get dicouraged. You sound as if you are ready to get up and at em. Good for you to start sewing once again. Now one of the first things I would like to suggest is that you take the pattern back to the store and exchange it for a size that corresponds with your full hip measurement. It should be as close as possible with in at least a 1 inch margin. The pattern already has sewing "ease". This is what allows you to bend and move around with out splitting the seams.

I see you said you measured yourself and I am guessing you did that after you bought the pattern. Ready to wear sizing is much different than pattern sizing. Each pattern company has a list of size ranges on the back of the pattern envelope. The main pattern companies are Simplicity, McCalls and Butterick. There sizing is almost exactely the same. You also have several other pattern companies and theres may be slightly different. Always measure first and then buy the pattern.

Blouses-Purchased usually by the bust measurement.
Pants and straight skirts= Purchased usually by the full hip measurement.

There are several websites that will aid you in measuring and of course check the beginner section here. The teacher is great and will answer any questions.

Best wishes and you will do just fine I am sure of it.

Arub :up:
"The struggle is not greater than the goal". Be blessed. Stay encouraged.
User: Serenity
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 85
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