Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Desperately Seeking Sizing Advice
I really want to make something for myself. I have yet to make myself anything (other than my buckets) and I am really itching to do so. Not to mention that I could really use some new clothes. I bought a few patterns a while back and planned to jump right in, but I have been feeling a little intimidated.
First, I just cannot bring myself to by fabric locally. Our independent fabric store is a quilting store only - nothing but cotton prints. And the chains definitely cater to the majority - pink kitties and college football galore. I could probably root through with some effort and find something I could wear, but that is not really a job that I can do with two kids in tow. (Can anyone do this? I would love some advice!)
So, okay. I can buy fabric online and I have spent time on a few website...but once again, my lack of experience is rearing its ugly head. I just do not know anything about different types of fabrics, definitely not enough to choose something off of a computer screen.
Then here is the last problem keeping me more nervous than I should be. When I measure myself based on the Simplicity pattern I bought, I am a size 10. In ready-to-wear clothing, I am a size 00. (I am so, so sick of vanity sizing! The stores have almost sized me out completely! Some already have. And I have not changed my size or weight in a very, very long time. If I could only be a size 4 again...)
Can someone tell me if that is really possible. I have been reading around and most people seem to suggest that there is a difference of four sizes between ready-to-wear and pattern sizing, which would make me a size 4 (?) in pattern sizing. I do have a fairly wide rib cage and broad shoulders for my size, but I am small-chested, 5'4" and I weight around 115 pounds, I would guess. I have measured myself many times and I keep getting the same thing. I even cut out one of my patterns to fit a size 10, but I cannot bring myself to go any further.