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The unending problem of Big 4 sizing

Lachica

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2019, 09:28:47 AM »
My problem is I think it should be what it says on the packet. Silly me.

Completely agree. Have you looked at Burda patterns in the magazines? Their line drawings often look a little odd but they enable you to see the design features clearly & I find them true to size. They always go together very well but I understand a lot of people don't want to trace off. Ditto with their patterns sold as singles.
Mary
2019 stash used so far: about 10m stash added:5m

SkoutSews

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2019, 09:36:52 AM »
@Bowerbird I agree too.  Burda and Ottobre get it right. Why can't the others?

@datcat23 10.5" of ease is just ridiculous, unless it's a pattern for a pantomime horse.

BrendaP

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2019, 09:39:15 AM »
is the Vilene bonded to fabric or to paper?

Paper.  The vilene is thin enough to still see all the markings and alterations.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

doesntworkonwood

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2019, 09:40:13 AM »
They don't always put all of the finished garment measurements on the packet though, which frustrates me. You have to open them up to find a lot of the detail that you need. I find that indie patterns are a bit more forthcoming with their finished garment measurements so that you can check before buying.

sewingj

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2019, 11:08:03 AM »
They don't always put all of the finished garment measurements on the packet though, which frustrates me. You have to open them up to find a lot of the detail that you need. I find that indie patterns are a bit more forthcoming with their finished garment measurements so that you can check before buying.

That annoys me too -, I often fall between 2 size ranges and I need to know the finished measurements to decide which to buy

Ohsewsimple

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2019, 11:40:25 AM »
That annoys me too -, I often fall between 2 size ranges and I need to know the finished measurements to decide which to buy

If there is a fit description such as Fitted, Close fitting etc. That will give you the minimum and maximum amount of ease over and above body measurements. 
If a pattern is bought in a shop, you can always ask to see the info on the pattern sheet. Any decent shop will do that for you.  Then you can leave them to fold the pattern pieces back up.  :)

sewingj

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2019, 12:07:50 PM »
Sadly I haven't been able to buy a pattern from a shop for years!  I'm reliant on the information on the internet - which isn't always much
« Last Edit: July 06, 2019, 12:11:28 PM by sewingj »

Lachica

Re: The unending problem of Big 4 sizing
« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2019, 14:37:26 PM »
@BrendaP thanks, I'll have a go at that with my favourite patterns.
Mary
2019 stash used so far: about 10m stash added:5m