Friday, September 11, 2009

one thing really frustrates me about patterns and about buying clothes online: for some reason, even though I know my measurements - and I know how to take them, I used to work in costume shops - ordering clothes in my size doesn't necessarily mean they'll fit. I mean, I've ordered things that have turned out to be three sizes too big. As with vanity sizing, I find this inconsistency frustrating. For one thing, it's a lot of work to keep track of all the different numbers that one wears in different brands/stores. For another, I feel like I'm the only one being honest in this interaction, and I wish there was a standard of measurement.

You can probably tell where this preamble is going. This cotton jacquard has a rose pattern woven in. And this corset-style cami is fully lined in lightweight cotton, the bust cups reinforced with interfacing, the back zips up, etc. It's beautiful. And after all the work of carefully sewing up this pattern, it came out too big. I think I might just try wearing it over a T-shirt or something for fall, if only because I can't stand the fact that I wasted my time and fabric. Dagnabbit.

I think I'm giving up on fitted patterns. Oh wait; I still have Colette's Beignet to make. But I put indie designers in a separate category, and Sarai still has my faith.


Anonymous said...

I feel your pain! I used to get caught up in the measurements that the pattern companies put on the envelope and it NEVER worked out. My tip: figure out how much ease YOU want with that blouse, that pair of pants, or that corset and measure the patern pieces yourself. I got tired of making HUGE pants and started doing this. It turns out I should have been making my pants two sizes smaller! Don't give up before you give this a try!

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Anonymous said...

My mom was a semstress for years and her wise advice to me was patterns are sized two sizes too big. So I make 1 to 2 sizes smaller and it always fit. Crazy huh!