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    gill @gillreay

    Please could you tell me what height the dress patterns are designed for.
    I’m 175cm, or approximately 5’9″, and am wondering how much on average I should be lengthening the Santa Rosa dress.

    Liesl Gibson

    Our patterns are designed for someone of average height–approximately 5’6″–but whether you want to lengthen or shorten, and the location of that lengthening or shortening, will depend on your particular body. I’m 5’8″ but I’m also very long through the torso so I usually need to lengthen the torso of our patterns to fit myself. But if you have an average torso you probably won’t need to lengthen the torso at all and you might want to add length to the skirt at the hem. I hope that helps!

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