Saturday, October 17, 2015

A bit more skirt

Olivia worked on her skirt today. She did the dart, the side seams and the zip.  Next step, the waistband; then it's just the hemming to go.  Probably won't get a chance to work tomorrow, but who knows.  

I found this pattern really frustrating - even though it's easy to stitch, the measurements seem really off; according to the size chart, for Olivia's waist measurement she should make the UK12 (despite usually wearing an 8 or sometimes 10); when we cut out and assembled the 12, it's (not surprisingly) way too big in the waist! We were able to adjust by increasing the darts and taking in the side seams a bit, but why is it so wrong? Weird.


Joyce said...

It could well be that pattern makers have not changed their sizing rules over time. When I was at school I took a size 12. Many years later I am now an 8 or a 10 depending on the brand. I am no thinner - in fact my waist is definitely larger. The clothes have got bigger for the stated size. There could also be a large safety measure in place. One can usually reduce the size, as you have, but if it were too small it would be a disaster.

Lyndsey said...

I regularly find the measurements are off in the patterns and have to make adjustments, The only patterns I've used that work to the measurement are Vogue (but they are a lot more expensive) McCalls do work pretty well most of the time.

Jean said...

Your right, the sizing is wayyy off on patterns I've made for my grands lately too. One thing that does help is if there are finished measurements on the pattern pieces. Check before you cut. If they are there it does help a lot!