Let’s talk about size, bay-bee
All the good things and the bad things that may be.
Sarah and Miss Crayola Creepy (whose blog name I love, but real name I don’t know :( ) are co-hosting what no doubt is going to be a very popular series. A sew-along which will go through all five of the garments in the Colette Sewing Handbook. Cool! I’ll definitely be joining in on a few of these, and these gals are great!!! Taffy is next on my list, but I’ve started making plans for the Pastille dress.
As you know, I just finished up my Meringue skirt, and there was a minor issue I didn’t mention in that post. I wanted to pose it to the collective sewing hive anyway, and thought this might be as good a time as any. The Meringue is a sweet little skirt, and I can’t wait to see all of the finished versions that will be popping up soon.
I’ve discussed size a smidge here. While I do think size (the number) is totally arbitrary, and am much more interested in perfecting fit, we do use pattern size as a starting point. That said, men’s sizing is great. The waist is measured, that’s the pant size (in theory). Doesn’t matter if the rise is low or high, the size is based on the inches in the waist. Both pairs of “fancy” jeans I have are the same. The rise is pretty low, hitting at a body circumference inches larger than my natural waist. But the size? The size on each is my natural waist measurement, as opposed to 6, 8, 10, whatever. Now, I’m pretty much Mom/self-taught at sewing. I learned that patterns are the same. For instance, even if a skirt is designed to fall a few inches below the natural waist, you determine size based on waist circumference. Example – your waist is 30″ and the pattern reads that the skirt is meant to fall 3″ below the waist. Still, your starting point would be whatever size corresponds to your natural waist, even though the top circumference of the finished garment would be larger because it is meant to fall 3″ below.
The Meringue was different. I measured the flat pattern, and the finished circumference for each size corresponded to the WAIST measurements designated on the size chart. But the skirt is designed to fall below the waist. Therefore, if you have a 30″ waist, you should not sew the size marked for a 30″ waist, but instead the size that matches your circumference at a given point below the waist.
Have I been under the wrong impression all along? Or do any of you find this odd? I ask not out of criticism, but curiosity and knowledge-seeking. It took me ages before I knew that high bust was the best measurement to go by for blouses, rather than full bust. Enlighten me, dear readers.