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Patterns: Sizing for Garments

Celtic Dreams and pattern sizingWe've all experienced a badly fitted garment. It doesn't matter if we bought it off-the-rack or we made it; it simply doesn't fit right. It's too tight, it's too loose, the bust pulls, the armhole gapes, the waist is too high, the crotch too low...

With some simple preparation you can help to alleviate that problem. Learn all about fitting in our Techniques section - click here.

We have patterns that are oversized, fitted, loose, and include sizes 6-28! That could cause confusion for just about anyone. So let's see if we can make it a bit simpler with our sizing chart and some information about the different types of patterns.

General Sizing Chart

Size Bust Hips Size Bust Hips
 
6-8
10-12
14-16
35"
37-1/2"
40-1/2"
37-1/2"
40"
43"
18-20
22-24
26-28
43-1/2"
46-1/2"
49-1/2"
46"
49"
52"

The above chart will help you in deciding what size to cut out on the pattern. All our patterns include the size range listed in each individual description.

 

Cutwork Applique Vests

These are normally slightly oversized as the construction does not lend itself to a fitted style. Remember to take into account the thickness of your batting and the amount of quilting you might put on the pattern. Personal comfort is key here.

It's a Frame Up allows you to make the cutwork applique vests in sizes up to a 3X.

  1X 2X 3X
Waist
46-1/2"
50-1/2"
56-1/2"

 

Self Expression

Celtic Dreams is a moderately fitted style, but it has a very full peplum and slightly oversized shoulders to balance the peplum. You can figure your pattern size on the above chart; we always do advise that your make up a test muslin to really fit Celtic Dreams proper.

All Wrapped Up, Keshy, and Swing Time are all looser fitting garments without darts. I do love comfort!

Coloring Blocks does not have darts either, but it is a straight up-and-down garment so you'll need to size it to your largest measurement: bust, waist or hips.

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