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Fitting & Sewing

Each pattern contains all the sizes listed on the front of the envelope. However, each design will have a slightly different range of sizes. I include as many sizes as I can for that particular design. There are technical or pattern-making constraints which sometimes limit the range. For example, #215 only goes up to 2X because if this pattern were graded beyond this, the pleats would not hang properly. To accommodate sizes larger than 2X, I would need to redraft the entire pattern to keep the pleats hanging well.

If you have a question regarding fabric selection, fit, or the construction details, just send me an email, using the “contact” form. If you want to make a pattern in a size not listed for you, I may be able to walk you through it. Some of the designs are easier to alter than others. The more seams it has, the easier to alter.
Below is a recent letter from a customer. She is referring to the wedding dress #205. She wanted to make it for a family friend whose measurements were 6″ larger than the largest size. We discussed it, she took notes, and she made the dress, which was a great success. I am delighted when you create a garment you are proud of.

A couple of recent letters:

Dear Victoria:

I want to thank you so much for your help with the wedding dress. We had the final fitting yesterday and it is gorgeous. The bride will be the classically beautiful Hawaiian bride and both she and I are thrilled.

It was so important to me that this dress be beautiful since the families have been friends for more than 40 years. I was terrified to try to alter that pattern and I am so grateful for your generosity. You were spot on and the only little problem I had was in the front dart placement and that was easily fixed. You have helped to make her day perfect. Mahalo.

Aloha,

SueAnn P.

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Subject:Classic Hawaiian Shirt

I made the classic Hawaiian shirt for my husband. I found your instructions were extremely well written. It was my first shirt, and I was consulting a shirt making book also. In every instance your directions were better than the book writer’s. I am delighted to see the website looking so good.

Wyncia