"Proportioned" Skirt Patterns – Useful or not?

by ChronicallyUncool on June 23, 2011 · 3 comments

in Vintage Sewing

I’m a taller-than-average person, so I’m often frustrated by the fact that Petite and Half-size patterns are available but the vertically gifted have no customized options in vintage patterns.

Or so I thought!

I stumbled across a few patterns for skirts in Proportioned Sizes:
Short: 5’3″ and under
Medium: 5’4″ to 5’6″
Tall: 5’7″ and over

Of course, I had to have one. I’m a sucker. I was hoping for more length between the waist and hip, or maybe side seam pockets that had longer/lower openings to accommodate my lanky arms more comfortably.

Nope. The only thing proportioned about this pattern is the hemline. Bummer. I don’t find this proportioned pattern stuff helpful. Do you?

Crossposted on my blog, Chronically Uncool.

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J.A. Gough June 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I have a similar pattern with skirts and trousers. I haven't really checked out the skirt portion since drafting a pencil skirt is easier than altering a pattern for one, but the trousers include instructions for altering hem, crotch depth, and leg length (at the thigh).
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Molly June 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I would have made the same assumptions you did. I have seen proportioned shirtwaister patterns which have varying neck-back and skirt (hem) length. I do have a proportional late 60s/early 70s shorts and trousers pattern in my stash, will have to see what alterations it includes.

I wonder if the basic fitting patterns would be more useful for your alterations?

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monika June 24, 2011 at 3:42 am

I was disappointed in a similar way with a dress pattern – all the length was added or taken out at the waist and hem, where I could easily have done it myself.

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