You know what? I don’t use the big pattern companies’ patterns much. It isn’t that I don’t like them. They’re fine. It’s just that they do that despicable thing where they split the patterns up into size groups. Take this pattern: Butterick 4132. Super cute, right? I’ve never met a cowl neck I didn’t like… The thing is split into three size groups. I used my measurements to decide which one to get. I would have preferred to use the finished measurements to make a decision but those weren’t available on the pattern envelope. So my measurements put me in between a 16 and 18. So I got the envelope that has sizes 14, 16, and 18. Sensible, right? I ended up making a 14 after measuring the pattern pieces. I used cotton jersey, which is one of the suggested fabrics.
Does that look like it fits right? Do you spot that gaping under the arms?
Do you see how the back neckline is also gaping?
You can see it better on the dress form. (Note: I haven’t padded the dress form so it’s thinner than me but upper chest, back and chest are pretty much the same as me.)
I thought I could wear it anyway but looking at the pictures, I’m not sure anymore… I can still take it in at the side seams and add some darts to the back neck for a better fit. A pain because I’ll have topstitching and understitching to undo but whatevs.
I suspect going down a size would help, maybe not enough but it would be a starting point. But. I would have to buy another copy of the pattern. And look, my kids won’t go hungry if I buy that pattern, even at full price. I just don’t feel like I should have to buy it twice to get the right size! And that’s why I tend to stick to pattern companies that include the full size range in their patterns.
Wow, I didn’t mean to turn this into a huge rant! I’m still debating whether I want to fix the top in order to create a functional version for me, buy the smaller size range, or just scrap it and look for another pattern. I think it may be a combo of 1 and 3, depending on the amount of time I have for it. Anyone have any thoughts? Pattern suggestions?