Hello!

I’m a beginner sewer who is very petite. 5"3, Bust: 30, Waist: 23, Hip: 35.5. I’ve noticed many patterns on here aren’t specifically for petite women. Do you recommend that I alter my patterns? (if so, do you have any links or advice) Or should I use the pattern size that closest to my true size, sew, and then alter? (if so, do you have any links of advice for this)

Is one way better or easier than the other?

Thank you!

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    Dec 7, 2012, 12.17 PMby sewingfan1

    I would definitely alter the pattern pieces and work from them, it would be much simpler. You can re-use them too in that way without having to do all the work of alteration again. Is this link any help? http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/burda-pattern-alteration-for-petites

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    Dec 8, 2012, 02.23 PMby katexxxxxx

    Yes, alter the pattern! For a Burdastyle pattern you can print off as many times as you like once you have downloaded it, just print, alter, and make a toile. For a commercial printed pattern trace of the size closest toy yore own and alster the copy a. This way you still have the original to go back to if need be.

    ALWAYS make a toile if you have never used the pattern before or have made significant alterations, as no-one is ever exactly pattern sized and shaped!

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