Things that tick me off Thursday

Sorry this post is a bit late getting off the ground, for some of you Thursday is already over!

So today my peeve is about pattern companies. WTF is up with the S-M-L type sizing anyway? And to add insult to injury, they can’t be bothered to put the full size range into one envelope, so you get to guess which one you need and pray that you’re not between a M and an L! Some of the patterns that I’ve skipped out on because of this stupid sizing:

McCall's website shows this as having numerical sizing, but the reviews say otherwise. I've seen it in store too, and unless they've changed, the website is wrong.

McCall’s 7254. Close-fitting and moderate stretch only. This seems like a bit of a recipe for a lot of tweaking in such a limited size grouping.

Same thing here. And this is supposed to be able to be used on a woven too, which is definitely uncool. You need those size variations for a woven, even a loose-fitting one, IMO.

McCall’s 6751. Same thing here. And this is supposed to be able to be used on a woven too, which is definitely uncool. You need those size variations for a woven, even a loose-fitting one, because fit through the shoulders is important.

Now, lest you think I’m picking on McCall’s, I’m not. I just really wanted these two patterns (plus a couple more that I can’t think of off the top of my head), but the sizing cutoff didn’t work for me. Am I the only one bothered by this?

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8 thoughts on “Things that tick me off Thursday

  1. Oh you’re definitely not alone with this one! When the ease and sizing can vary so much they could at least overlap a size, for those of us ‘on the edge’. (the cutting edge?)

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  2. I also hate this trend! The sizing is nowhere near as predictable or accurate. Speaking from experience, if you normally wear a 14, you will find a Medium (12-14) too small:( especially in the shoulders, so your option is to go up to a L 16-18. In other words, a size 14 is not the same as a size 12, and this is true across the board. I think it is probably a cost-cutting measure to offer less sizes, but it is disappointing when pattern companies follow in the ways of RTW.

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    • I don’t know why they are doing it, and I suppose I haven’t always minded, since Kwik Sew has always been that way, and I love me some Kwik Sew (or at least I used to, haven’t bought any since they switched to tissue paper). It’s just that I sew because I don’t quite fit the S-M-L range of RTW, so yeah, I’m disappointed too.

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    • You’re not supposed to offend anyone with your unsightly bulges, don’tcha know? 🙄 But yeah, I’ve seen some of the plus offerings, and outside of Burda, there just aren’t many worth a plus-size woman’s time. You might check out Lekala too–they won’t hold your hand, but in my (limited) experience the patterns go together so well you don’t need them to. 👌

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  3. Yeah, the way they divide up sizes is often a problem for me. My top half is a size 14 but my bottom half is a size 16 and often 14 is in one size group and 16 is in the other.

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