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Posted 2016-05-04 11:31 AM (#91175)
Subject: negative ease and sizing questions

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I'm planning to purchase one (or more) of the PatternMaster programs, and I need some guidance for my first project with it.

I want to make a rash guard / swim short / swim skirt set similar to these:


I'd like to not have to wear a bra or anything additional underneath the top, which means I'll need negative ease at the bust (as well as a shelf-bra-type lining, of course). I understand how to draft the pattern for zero ease, then shrink it proportionately in Pattern Editor. However, that would give me the same amount of negative ease for the entire garment. I want it to be tightest at the bust for support, loosest (but still around zero ease) at the hip, with the waist somewhere in the middle. Is there a way to do this, other than drafting the pattern for an altered set of measurements?

Also, as grown women go, I'm fairly petite and slender. My bust/waist/hip measurements are all in the size 12-14 range in Child's Play, and in general, I dislike styles that emphasize and call attention to the bustline. I'm thinking of buying Child's Play instead of any of the women's modules, because it seems like I'd get more for my money as long as the fit works for my body and style preferences. I understand that some styles won't work when drafted for children rather than adults, even with the proper measurements, but for the most part, they aren't styles I'd wear anyway. Is this a terrible idea?

Thanks for your input!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2016-05-05 9:42 AM (#91177 - in reply to #91175)
Subject: Re: negative ease and sizing questions

Tech Support

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Even a very slim women has a different shape than a child. The side bust dart and movement of it in a design gives the best fit for an adult.

For the top you describe you could add more ease for the waist and hip so when you scale in PE it would be larger.

True Rash Guard fabric availability is limited. Most swim suit fabric does not have the UPF factor.

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