Welcome back readers!
Today we will talk about how to measure yourself and how to determine the pattern size to use. We’ll also plan the appropriate pattern modifications.
It is very important to first of all measure yourself. Here is a very complete post with detailed instructions and pictures on how to do it. If you are working on a dress or a blouse, you basically want to take measurements of your chest/upper bust, bust, waist and hips.
Determine your pattern size
In order to determine the pattern size you are going to work with, you may find it easiest to list your measurements and select your pattern size by comparing the bust size that best approximates to your chest size, like so:
The cup sizes are A: 1″, B: 2″, C: 3″, D: 4″, E: 5″ and F: 6″. I am an F cup, therefore, 6″ is needed at the bust. If the pattern is drafted for a B cup, then there is 2″ already integrated at the bust. Therefore, in my case I would have to add:
(F: 6″) – (B: 2″) = 4″
of fullness at the bust.
I can therefore add 4″ total of fullness at the bust, waist and hips, and after this adjustment we are left with:
– add 4″ total around the bust through an FBA
Performing these adjustments will ensure that there is enough fabric where it is required and your garment will fit your bust to perfection.
No more gaps nor wrinkles from buttons pulling on the fabric of your shirts and jackets!
On the next post of the fitting series, we will discuss how to bring the planned adjustments to the pattern, to ensure that all we have learned so far comes together.
That’s all for today folks, stay tuned!