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From: Robin12265
Date: 06-30-2007, 10:56 AM (1 of 5)
I am trying to make shirts for our Disney trip and I'm stuck! The XL pattern I'm using (simplicity 4287 - shirt C) says the waist is 42-44 inches. I just measured hubby's 'beer belly' (junk food belly...:nah: ) and it's 56" (60" sitting). OMG! What on earth do I do???
He wears a regular 2X polo shirt, but I'm sewing with cotton - no stretch. (can wear a 1X polo style shirt, but it's too short to stay tucked in)

I found something online (don't even remember where it was now) but for his waist measurement to match, it says he needs a 5X! That would fall off of him!

Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Measuring a man, do you go by the belt measurement or around the largest part of the belly?

Here's a pic from May 06 so you can see what I'm dealing with - he's a little bigger now... sigh (not that I'm thin, but at least they MAKE plus size women's patterns!)
User: Robin12265
Member since: 05-31-2007
Total posts: 7
From: MartySews2
Date: 06-30-2007, 07:37 PM (2 of 5)
When I bought a shirt pattern for my hubby, I measured his neck size and used that as a guide to purchase a pattern for him. He has a large middle too and I just altered the pattern to fit as I would do any dress pattern. The concept is the same. Simplicity has some nice shirt patterns as well as Butterick and Vogue. For his waist, I checked where he wears his belt (actually he wears it below his actual waist). There was not a problem. Hope this helps.
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Member since: 05-03-2007
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 07-01-2007, 01:30 PM (3 of 5)
Like Marty said check the neck size. My DH has a large neck-20 inches. If I buy the size to fit his neck I have to alter the chest, arms, waist and shorten the length so I buy the chest for him and only have to alter the neck. Less work. For me it was a lot of trial and error to find which measurement to go with. BTW check out Kwik Sew patterns, they have a lot of different men's patterns all with a range of sizes so it would be easier to make changes as you traced out the pattern.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
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From: paroper
Date: 07-01-2007, 02:28 PM (4 of 5)
I would do the same. If you can get the fit in the neck and shoulders, the rest will be pretty easy. He is not the only boat in this sea...believe me!

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: plrlegal
Date: 07-01-2007, 11:10 PM (5 of 5)
My dh is about the same size, so we simply go to

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