Hi everyone !!

I’m stuck – don’t know what to do :

When it is time to cut the size of the pattern, I take my measures and i’m supposed to use a size 8.
BUT, I never really looked at the size and I’ve always used a size 4.
When I look at the pattern, I don’t find many with a size 4 (it usually start at 6).
I have found an old t-shirt that I sewed in a size 8 some years ago… Now, I don’t know what to do!
What should I do, because I know that if I follow the none writng rules, I should use a size 8.

I’ve a big stopped to sew because I don’t want to pay for something that won’t fit me!
Right now, I want to sew so badly … What should I do?

Using a real size 8 (even if it’s supposed to be my size but it is REALLY TOO BIG for me) or should I still use a size 4 ?

Thank you all !!

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    Oct 8, 2012, 08.44 AMby sewingfan1

    If your actual measurements are for size 8,go with that. Shops vary massively in their sizes,they put smaller sizes on some clothes to flatter people I’m convinced. My sewing measurements are for size 12 but in shops to get things to fit it can vary from size 8 to size 12, though most shops it’s size 10 or 8 that fits me. When you cut out the pattern pieces, you can hold them against your body or match them against a similar garment that does fit you to double check they’re ok. And be aware everyone’s body is different so you may not be a size 8 all over, maybe you’d need to adjust the pattern a bit because your waist is wider than size 8, or your hips. That’s the good thing about making your own clothes, you take all your own measurements, including length of torso etc to make things that fit you perfectly. Have fun :-)

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    Oct 8, 2012, 08.52 AMby sewingfan1

    Just another thought, it’s nothing to do with different international sizings is it? Like, i know US sizes are smaller than UK ones but the measurements are the same

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    Oct 8, 2012, 12.58 PMby tzyg0nka

    Buy whatever size pattern fits your shoulders. You can check this against your sloper or a well fitting garment you own. Then adjust the waist , hips and length if necessary. It doesn’t matter what number the size is—go by measurements.

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    Oct 8, 2012, 08.52 PMby Mauude

    Even if the size that is supposed to fit me perfectly is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too big for me ? That’s kind of weird but thanks !

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    Oct 9, 2012, 09.13 AMby katexxxxxx

    Start by getting a proper set of measurements taken: http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/Measuring/Taking-measurements.htm

    Then choose your pattern according to the measurements.

    Now, to your measurements, add the correct amount of ease for the fit of the pattern. There’s a handy chart on this page: http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/vintage+body-sizes/size%20charts.htm

    On your chosen pattern size, measure the pattern pieces, from seamline to seamline, along the bust, waist, and hip lines. Compare these measurements with your personal measurements plus ease.

    Adjust the pattern to fit*, or choose a pattern size closer to your measurements plus ease.

    Make a toile from the adjusted pattern.

    I always advise tracing the pattern and adjusting the copy, but if you are using a Burdastyle pattern, you can just print off another copy if needed.
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      Oct 20, 2012, 04.43 PMby Mauude

      THANK YOU !!
      It’s really going to help me :)

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    Oct 9, 2012, 12.58 PMby tzyg0nka

    Katexxxxxx explains it better than I did, but that is what you should do. It is easier to pick a size that corresponds to your shoulder measurement and adjust the rest , if necessary.

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