All the patterns in my shop are handmade especially for you. You can choose Standard sizes S, M, L or XL, or I can make the pattern with custom measurements.
In order to make the best size for you, I need to know as many details as possible. For this reason I need to know either your standard size (S, M, L, or XL, if you're purchasing a standard size pattern) or your custom measurements (if you're purchasing a made-to-measure pattern). Every item in my shop will have an image showing the standard sizes for that item.
Custom and personalized orders
I love making custom sewing pattern designs! I can create the pattern from scratch, or from a pattern that you send me. The price varies depending on the complexity of the design.
In order to make a pattern that fits you as perfectly as possible, the more measurements that I can have, the better. For custom patterns, I'd ask that you provide all the measurements that you see on my Taking Measurements page, even if they might seem a bit unnecessary.
I'll be happy to help you with any questions that you may have.
Do your patterns include a seam allowance?
All my patterns are the exact size of the dress, hand drawn on white paper, and ready to mark and cut on the fabric. As the pattern is the exact size of the dress, there is no seam allowance. I recommend you place it over your skin and “try it on" before you cut.
What’s the difference between the bust and the upper bust, and where do you measure this?
Each pattern making method has its own sizes and own way of taking measurements. I use the Martí System to make my patterns. This system uses a separate measurements for bust and upper bust.
For instructions on how to take your measurements please see my Taking Measurements page, and if you have any questions, just ask.
Is it normal for someone’s measurements to fall between two standard sizes?
It’s quite normal for someone’s measurements to fall between two sizes. I’m a perfect example: size S for the upper part of my body, and size M for the lower half. This kind of thing is normal, and I can adapt the pattern to suit your measurements. For this reason, your real measurements are more important to me than your UK or EU sizes.
To take your measurements I recommend going to my measurements page and taking measurements 7,8 and 11. Just send me these three measurements, and I can tell you what standard size will you need for my patterns.
Do you include any instructions with your patterns?
All my patterns are handmade to a standard size or custom size and they contain English (or Spanish if you prefer) notes as well as notches that make it easy to join the pieces of the pattern together. You'll also receive a cutting diagram that will indicate the length of fabric (in either centimetres or inches, whichever you prefer. I'm afraid they do not include detailed sewing instructions.
What measurements do you need to take for a custom size?
If you'd like a custom size, please go to my Taking Measurements page and follow the illustrated instructions on how to take your measurements. This will help me to make the perfect size for you.
For custom-size patterns there are two items to purchase: first, purchase the pattern you like, and then purchase a separate custom size item.
What measurements do you need to take for a standard size?
If you'd like a standard size pattern, all I need to know is your upper bust, bust, waist and hip.
Below is a description of how I measure the bust and the upper bust. You can also see some photos on my Taking Measurements page.
The bust: From the left armpit to the right armpit, passing over the most prominent part of your bust. This only includes your front/bust area; please do not include your back.
The upper bust: Pass the tape right round the body, under your arms and above your bust. Do not pull the tape taut.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.