Hi Sewcialists!

Welcome to the very first post of our advice column, Dear Gabby!

In today’s post, we hear from Chloe, an editor here at Sewcialists. She would like some help deciding where to start on a pattern, based on her actual body measurements and shapes, and the given measurements on the pattern envelope.

The question: Which measurement or body placements to use to pick a size?
Dear Gabby answers: 1. Measure the pattern! 2. Work from your shoulder measurement! 3. Cross check the new pattern with a tried-n-true!

After listening to Chloe’s dilemma, my take on her question is threefold:

1. I think she should definitely measure the pattern. Most Big 4 patterns (Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and Vogue) include a *lot* of wearing ease. It may be easier to measure the major points of the pattern (shoulders, bust, waist,... [read more]