Hello All,

I just bought a dress pattern (in a store) and the dress sizes are really confusing. Nowhere does it say that the pattern is plus-sized, but the sizes start at US size 10, which is supposed to be similar to EU size 36, but is not. The measurements seem really big to me. I just came back from Sweden and my sizing there is 38; here in the US, I wear a size 8.

Is there some secret Burda pattern code I am missing here, or is the sizing just really off?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Oct 27, 2013, 09.50 PMby purplefan

    You really have to compare your own body measurements to the ones Burda provides for its sizes. That’s the reality—you cannot rely on what sizes you wear in another country or even by ready to wear brands. Burda Style had updated the measurements within the past 10 years (cannot remember year) and regular height is about 5 feet 6inches. Petite sizes (5 feet 3 inches height in womenswear) in Burda patterns are numbered the Teens to Twenties (i.e 17 to 21). Regular sizes run in the Thirties to Forty-Two or Forty-Four (i.e 36-42). Plus sizes tend to be 44-52 or smaller range within that one. Tall sizes (5 feet 9 inches height) are numbered in the Eighties to Nineties (i.e 88-92). That is the particular pattern numbering code applicable to Burda patterns, whether purchased in envelopes at the fabric store or printed inside their magazines (monthly or special editions for Easy Fashion, Plus or Classic; not sure about the children’s sizing numbering). Here’s the link from the French Burda Style site for PDFs on body measurements (Femmes/Hommes). http://www.burdafashion.com/fr/Service/Tipps_und_Tricks/Masstabellen/1000001-1629036-1385036.html

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    Oct 30, 2013, 04.15 PMby Nomusa Ndebele

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Ah – ok. The other problem I have is that I have wide shoulders, a small bust and wide hips, so my size ranges from 10 – 14. This makes it quite tough to figure out which size is best when sewing a dress or a jacket, especially with my limited sewing experience :-/

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    Oct 31, 2013, 08.16 AMby katexxxxxx

    Sounds like you need to do a Small Bust Adjustment. In general, patterns are drafted for a B cup, so if you are smaller than this, you’ll need to alter the pattern.

    Measure your hips at the widest point, and your waist. Measure your shoulder width (from shoulder point to shoulder point, across the upper back and the nape of your neck. Get help!). Compare these with the measurements on the pattern envelope.

    Take the pattern pieces and mark the seam allowances on the upper back of the size closest to your hip and waist: measure across the back from shoulder point to nape. Double this and take off an inch. This should be close to your shoulder width measurement.

    Once you have traced off and marked the seam allowances on the pattern closest to your size, you need to adjust the pattern to fit – remembering to allow for ease, and to the bust adjustment: http://smoonbeam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/small-bust-adjustment-tutorial-part-1.html

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