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Bonjour from Moret-sur-Loing, France...and a little help with downsizing??
August 7, 2016
6:24 pm

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Hello! My name’s Lucy-Jane, I’m British, living in Moret-sur-Loing – a lovely mediaeval village about 60 miles South-east of Paris. I’ve lived in France for nearly 20 years now, have three fabulous children – well, teenagers! – and love everything vintage, especially Edwardian and pre-Great War.

I’m making up the high-waist Beatrix skirt, and have realised that although I thought I followed all the measurements and instructions properly, the waist is a good three inches too big!! Could anyone help me be telling me the best way to reduce the waist size? I’m at the stage where I’ve just sewn in the placket and waistband…I’m hoping I’m not going to have to start everything again….Many thanks, and lovely to be here! 🙂


August 13, 2016
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hello and welcome! I am sorry I cant help, but have never made this one. the forum is a bit slow in the summer, but hopefully someone will see it soon. or send Jennie a message directly and she will help.



August 17, 2016
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Hi, Lucy-Jane!  Three inches is a HUGE difference! Can I ask if you are using the ePattern or the printed pattern? If the ePattern, I suspect it did not print to scale. The Beatrix Skirt pattern doesn’t have a lot of ease, as it is meant to be worn with a close fit.



August 28, 2016
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Hello Jennie! Thanks very much for getting back to me! 🙂 I’m using the e-pattern, checked the scaing carefully before printing, and there’s no problem at all with the length or the front pieces. I think I must’ve just misread the waist measurement/size correspondence! I’d be most grateful for any tips on how to recover this project – or would it be easier to undo everything and re-size the pieces? Thanks again!


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