When my book came out, there were some pretty harsh critics of the sizing. This was not a shocker to me, since I was limited due to the tissue paper size, so the end result was only including sizes extra small - large, or roughly a size 2-12.
So when it came time to design my patterns and I had complete control, trust me, I took all those complaints and suggestions to the drawing board, literally! My new patterns range from size 0-18, with additional ease built in for sizes 10 and up.
In addition to expanding the sizing, I also thought a lot about design and how the garments would work on a range of bodies. I added princess seams on the front of the Derby Dress, and I changed the ruffle from being straight across the top on a flat seam to a curved seam and a curved, smaller ruffle. I could hear my student's voices in my head saying things like, "Ooh, I like this dress, but the ruffle straight across the bust is unflattering!" I also added a belt on view B of the Derby Dress for those ladies that want to define their waists.
Chelsea Dress didn't get too many changes for size consideration, but I did make sure that the ease across the bust was enough for it to flow nicely down the front of the body. And of course, giving short and 3/4 sleeve options is nice for those that don't want to go sleeveless.
To view the size breakdown for both the body and the garment, check out the back of the envelope in yesterday's blog post. Hopefully this will help you see that many more ladies will be able to enjoy the new dresses!
And just a reminder, the patterns are preordering now! Order your patterns before May 31 and receive free domestic shipping!