Finding the right size in a pattern
This should be elementary, but it whizzed right over my head. I haven't sewn clothing in quite a few years for myself. Not knowing my size......I bought some new blouses last month at some better department stores, and was pleased to find the sizing pretty consistent across the board from two different stores. A size fourteen top fit perfectly with just enough ease.
I decided to make more blouses in the same style, and figured I'd just buy the appropriate blouse patterns in the same size. Being unsure of the fit, I actually used the pattern for the next size up, figuring I could tailor down, if necessary. When I did the initial fitting was blown away by the fact that the blouse wasn't too large, but at least a size too small! It's hard to believe that there would be a two size discrepancy between ready-to-wear clothing and a pattern.
I'm an experienced sewer, and the cutting and seaming was exact.
Was this a fluke?