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From: Petite Sewer
Date: 03-10-2007, 04:20 PM (1 of 3)
I'm looking for pattern advice for a petite (under 5 ft) me. Took sewing classes (too many years ago to mention) @ Stretch N Sew before they closed stores in Indiana. Their instructions have guided me thru most of the patterns that I have done since then. Unfortunately, most patterns seem to be made for women who are at least 5 foot, 6 inches tall, with way too much length, and all the "V" necks come below where I'm comfortable wearing them. I'm an Office Supervisor in a Mental Health setting, so I'm a little pickey about the styles I wear. Most of what I'm seeing in the pattern catalogs look like either a 10 year old or my mother would be wearing. I'm pear shaped and want clothing that doesn't emphasize pear shapes! I started sewing because I'll be darned if I'm going to spend $75.00 on a top that has a yard of fabric in it. Any suggestions on pattern companies other than the big 4?
User: Petite Sewer
Member since: 03-07-2007
Total posts: 1
From: lendube
Date: 03-10-2007, 04:27 PM (2 of 3)
Hi P.S. Someone will absolutely have the answer for you but it's not me. :bg:

I just want to say welcome!

Lennie :bg:
User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-10-2007, 08:40 PM (3 of 3)
I don't know if it applies to your needs, but there's one company that is geared specifically to Petites Plus. (
You might send an email to Silhouettes Patterns ( and ask how explicit the instructions are for converting their patterns for the petite figure. They include cup size modifications, and the designer's big emphasis is on fit modification, so it's worth asking them.
Simplicity ( have quite a number of professional-looking designs that are drafted for the petite figure. It's not all prom gowns ;)
Good luck.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
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