Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Digest Number 199
- In the continuing discussion of the equestrian outfit...
I made my sister, who wears an off-the-rack size 24-26 this exact pattern
(Simplicity 9453) for part of her halloween costume. Although the pattern
actually only goes to size 20, the ease (as in most commercial patterns) is
over-generous and I added a very minimal amount (1/4" - 1/2" per piece) at
the side, side back, and undersleeve patterns pieces and it fit perfectly.
If you're large chested, you would probably have to adjust the front of the
princess curve as well. The pattern itself made up very quickly. I would
definitely recomment the lined version - lays better and easier, in the long
run. Another suggestion--the sleeve headers they suggest to keep the sleeves
puffed are a bit out of hand--end up a little more like football shoulders
than puffed sleeves. Toning them down and gathering instead of pleating has
a much more pleasant effect. It is a very feminine style, which may not be
what you're looking for, but it turns out quite lovely and the tailoring is
simplified but still quite effective.
In a message dated 11/17/01 5:17:04 AM Central Standard Time,
Simplicity has a wonderful looking pattern, 9453, Misses' Carriage and
Buggy Coat, but as you can guess from the dreaded 'M' word, it doesn't
go big enough, only sizes 6 - 20. (I'm also size 22, and this happens to
me with a lot of patterns I like :( Maybe you can find someone to do
custom work for you, who has the skills to alter the size.
I'm sure I've seen similar patterns by the historical co's, but I don't
know where off the top of my head. I'll try to find them Monday if
someone else doesn't beat me to it.
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