Pattern Alteration Tips
Knit Tee shirt Simplicity 8378, 9229
Knit Top or Dress Simplicity 8375
Knit Pants Simplicity 8378
Knit Cardigan Simplicity 8377
Knit Skirt Pattern Simplicity 8474
Woven Fabric Top Simplicity 9133
Woven Fabric Pants Simplicity 8701
Woven Fabric Pants Butterick 6901, 6878
Woven Fabric Maxi dress Simplicity 8888
Woven Fabric unlined casual jacket Simplicity 8700
Woven Skirt Simplicity 8929
Woven Fabric Blazer Simplicity 8488
Woven Trench Coat or Jacket Simplicity 8544
Woven Coat or Jacket Simplicity 8467
*This is really important - upper body patterns should be sized by the bust measurement. Lower body patterns should be sized by the hip measurement.
Commercial patterns like Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, Vogue, Kwik Sew, Burda, New Look, are easier to use, all of the information is printed on them for size alterations including back waist length, and they have seam allowances.
If you choose an independent pattern, be prepared to make more than one muslin. Many independent patterns do not have the apex or the waistline marked, and some have no seam allowances If you use a CAD program to make your pattern, your body measurements need to be accurate.
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