Making a pattern fit you is easy. All of my patterns are made to a standard size UK12 for a figure that is 172cm tall (that’s a US size 8 – 5ft 8″ tall), but they can be easily adjusted at key points to go larger or smaller, taller or shorter.

First check your own measurements because there is no one definitive set of measurements, and sizes vary enormously. There are some tips here about how to do it. How to take your own measurements

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Here are the measurements I use for my sizing:
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Once you know what size you want your pattern to be you can adjust in the places shown, by the quantities listed.

To go taller – cut the pattern at the waist and add in however much extra you need – redraw to maintain smooth lines

To go shorter – cut the pattern at the waist and shorten from both above and below – redraw to maintain smooth curves

To go larger – add in extra width equally at the central fold and along the side seams

To go smaller – remove width equally from the central fold and along the side seams

From the pattern’s current size UK12 measurements:

• A size 8 is approx 8cm smaller around the bust, waist and hips

• A size 10 is approx 4cm smaller around the bust, waist and hips

• A size 14 is approx 4 cm larger round the bust, waist and hips

• A size 16 is approx 8 cm large round the bust, waist and hips

• A size 18 is approx 12cm larger round the bust, waist and hips

• A size 20 is approx 18cm larger round the bust, waist and hips

• A size 22 is approx 24cm larger round the bust, waist and hips