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If your height is 160 cm, 168 cm or 176 cm (5 ft. 3 ins, 5 ft. 6 ins or 5 ft. 9 ins) and your individual length measurements correspond to those given in the respective Burda size chart on page 4 (for tall sizes, see page 11), you can adjust the pattern pieces at the adjustment lines by the number of millimetres given in the illustrations above.
If you are shorter or taller than the given height or if your length measure­ments differ from those in the size charts, you will have to calculate the difference yourself. The general rule for bodices or tops is: Add or subtract 1/3 of the difference half way up the armhole and add or subtract 2/3 of the differ­ence between lower armhole edge and waist.
Lengthen or shorten trousers by 1 cm (3/8 in) at the upper horizontal line. The trouser leg length is lengthened or shortened by 1/2 the difference each above and below the knee.
The illustrations above show where to mark the alteration lines (dashed lines). Important: The lines must ­always be marked at a right angle to the fabric grain, otherwise the ­pattern pieces will be off balance.
To match the sleeve to the armhole, the sleeve cap must also be ­altered accordingly. Sleeves with shallow sleeve caps are taken in or widened at the seams and the difference is ­tapered toward the ­lower edge.

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    Jun 20, 2014, 02.17 PMby whalen

    I have to say that I do not fit petite pants, but I have a petite frame. I think the length between my belly button and shoulder has the short section, but I have yet to settle on how to redo patterns and shirts. For now, I am just experimenting with shortening the shirts that I buy. I also have wide shoulders.

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    Apr 21, 2013, 06.32 AMby Carol Ferro

    I am only 153cm tall, do I just take the “petite” adjustments a bit further, or experiment to see what works?

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      Apr 8, 2014, 10.23 AMby hodgeba2

      No, I suggest you measure yourself, then you will know just what you need and can use it on every pattern. What you need is the front waist length, instructions for this are in ‘How to take your Measurements" in the magazine. Once you have that, compare your measurement to the one on the burda chart for your size and work out the difference. You need to take the difference out of the pattern as it explains above. I have worked this out for my daughter who is smaller than petite, so I know what to take out for both petitie and ( a larger amount ) for the women’s size as well.

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