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Hi everybody,
i just got the book “metric pattern cutting for women’s wear” by winifred aldrich. at first sight it looks like it could become my bible (no offence!).
but when i looked at the part where she explains how to make blocks from your individual measurements, i got confused, cos for the waist-to-hip-measurement she just goes back to the standard measurements that are based on the bust measures.
Being taller than average (176cm/5’10) and extremely pear shaped (76cm waist, 108 cm hip), the standard measurements for waist to hip doesnt match at all with my body.
Maybe someone here is more familiar with pattern drafting than me?
I just dont know, if i could just draft the pattern with my measures? or would i have to adjust the pattern in other areas, too?

Please help! ;)


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    Jul 24, 2010, 06.34 AMby katexxxxxx

    Adjust the measurements. It does work! :)

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    Jul 25, 2010, 04.54 PMby hejkke

    do you mean i should just use my own measurements and don’t worry about what’s written there?

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      Jul 25, 2010, 06.15 PMby katexxxxxx

      Yes, if you are using the bloc for you, use your measurements. She’s teaching a method, not to use particular measurements.

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    Jul 26, 2010, 11.24 AMby hejkke

    thank you so much!

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    Jul 31, 2010, 07.46 PMby gedwoods

    The measurements Aldrich provides in tables are to replace “missing” measurements with some sort of standard or default. It is always preferable to use your own measurements directly, Aldrich just gives you a means to “fill in the gaps”. I use something like 30-40 measurements directly taken from the body, and only occasionally do I use the tabular values Aldrich provides. I’m pretty sure she spells this out somewhere, but the book is quite dense and you may have lost sight of the statement in the mass of information…

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