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FIT AS A FIDDLE 2 (series of 3)
Using Multi-Size Patterns
By Sally Cowan, Keeping You In Stitches

I see people struggling with pattern sizing all the time and for some reason they are even more confused now that the patterns include three sizes. The reason the pattern companies combined the different sizes was to help you acquire a better fit. If the pattern includes sizes 10-12-14, that doesn’t mean you have to use all of one size. If you are a size 10, but your hips are a size 14, you use both lines to get the perfect fit.

Pattern DiagramUse the chart on the back of the pattern envelope and compare their measurements with your own. Using these measurements, determine the correct size for your hips, but and waist. If you have a 10 bust, 12 waist, and 14 hips, use all three lines by tapering lines where your size changes. Follow along the new line and you will have a dress that fits. These adjustments can be done in any combination of sizes.

If you measure the pattern itself you will find it is a little larger. That is because the pattern allows for wearing and style ease. So compare your measurements with the body measurements and go from there. Naturally, if you are a true size 10, you only use the size 10 lines. In all my years of sewing, I have only met one person who needed no pattern adjustments.

If you have eyesight problems I don’t recommend this type of pattern. The three lines can be confusing and you will only become frustrated. Check on the pattern envelope to see if it has more than one size included. For visually impaired individuals it is difficult enough to work with the different patterns, let alone adding various lines. Don’t forget that the five-eighths inch seams are included in the pattern.

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