My Pattern Adjustments


As I find myself browsing sewing blogs, I’m always asking myself – “which of these adjustments will be important for me to make?”…  “Which adjustments are necessary based on the pattern drafting for all bodies?”

To answer these questions, below, I am including my (gasp) mid-thirties, post-two baby, body measurements in the hopes that you will find this helpful as you read my reviews:

As of December 2016:

  • Height: 5 ft 2.5 inches
  • High Bust: 32 inches
  • (full) Bust: 35 inches (C sewing cup, D bra size)
  • Waist: 30 inches (give or take depending on day and time of day)
  • Hips: 37 inches

This makes me roughly a rectangle (some calculators will call me a pear).  Postpartum, I now have a swayback for which I need to adjust both my tops and bottoms, as well as a short torso with long legs (which means I typically remove 1.5-2 inches from the bust of most patterns and will add AT LEAST that much back in the skirt/leg area).  Finally, for most patterns, I have to complete a 1″ full bust adjustment, as they are generally designed for B-sewing cups (2 inch difference between high and full bust) vs. my C-sewing cup.

I’ve included links to some helpful tutorials for each of the adjustments I complete:

  • Full Bust Adjustment (with dart):
  • Full Bust Adjustment (without darts):
  • Shorten (or lengthen) Patterns:
  • Size Blending:
  • Swayback Adjustment: (this is the RIGHT way to do it — I usually just use darts to take up the excess length)

I hope you find this helpful as you read through my blog posts!

– Mac


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