Pattern Making Academy has taken an innovative approach to pattern engineering, based on body shape as opposed to garment size.

 

After many years of working in education and industry Kath hypothesised that the size and shape of Australian women had changed, and as such the Australian Size Code Scheme was outdated. In 1996, Kath embarked on a Scientific study with the purpose of gathering current data to develop a pattern engineering system to cater for the changing size and shape of Australian Women in the 21st century.  Kath's research identified five main female figure types as shown in the picture below. 

Figure Type X (Hourglass)

  • Medium frame 

  • Medium to full bust

  • Slightly muscular

  • Defined waistline

  • Lower hip slightly larger than bust

  • Lines drawn from the tip of the shoulder to the lower hipline show a slight angle, and the defined waistline.

Figure Type I (Twiggy): 

  • Narrow frame 

  • Slender body

  • Small to medium bust

  • Small waist and hip

  • Slight waist definition

  • Similar bust and lower hip

  • Straight silhouette

  • Lines drawn from the tip of the shoulder to the lower hip are parallel.

Figure Type A (Curvy): 

  • Small to medium frame 

  • Small to medium bust

  • Small waist

  • Hip and thigh are larger than bust 

  • Thigh is larger than the lower hip

  • Often presents with sway back and slightly protruding abdomen

  • Lines drawn from the tip of the shoulder by-pass the lower hip and touch the thigh region. Note the small narrow waist and prominent thighs.

Figure Type H (Fuller Figure): 

  • Large frame 

  • Well developed upper arm

  • Small, medium or large bust

  • Full waist and abdomen

  • Little or no waist definition

  • Narrow shoulder compared to breadth of upper body

  • Medium or large hip

  • Lines drawn from the tip of the shoulder to the lower hipline show very little waist definition. Note the fuller rectangular silhouette.

Figure Type XH (Combination): 

  • Medium frame 

  • Small, medium or full bust

  • Well defined waistline 

  • Full upper hip

  • Combination of Figure Types X and H. Lines drawn from the tip of the shoulder touch the upper hipline. Note the clearly defined waistline.

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