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How To Choose Between Hovea & Hovea Curve

How to Choose Between Hovea & Hovea Curve | Megan Nielsen Blog

If you find yourself in the crossover 14-20 sizes and are struggling to choose between the Hovea and Hovea Curve patterns, today I will be sharing a visual comparison between them! Our diagrams will compare a size 18 from our 0-20 range shown in outline, to the size 18 in the Curve range as shown in beige. As there are a large number of pattern pieces I have only shown the main pattern pieces as I believe these really illustrate the key differences best.

How to Choose Between the Hovea & Hovea Curve Sewing Patterns | Megan Nielsen Blog

As with all of our patterns, Hovea sizes 0-20 have been drafted for a 2″ (5cm) difference between the upper bust and full bust measurement. Hovea Curve sizes 14-34 have been drafted for a 4” (10cm) difference between the upper bust and full bust measurement. The Curve pattern is drafted with the same style and design details but with a curvy figure in mind.

Due to the boxy shape of Hovea the differences in the pattern pieces is quite subtle but still important. Hovea Curve includes a narrower shoulder measurement as well as lower sleeve head – both of which cater to the smaller upper bust measurement of our Curve range. There is more ease in the bust, waist and hip of the Curve draft to accommodate for the larger cup size. As this pattern is loose fit, oversized and quilted we did not include a dart in the Curve pattern. The fullest part of the bust is actually within the armscye of the pattern. If you would prefer to transfer the bust fullness to a different part of the pattern we will show you how to do that in the sewalong fit notes.

If you find yourself in the crossover of the two ranges in sizes 14-20 we recommend that you choose your pattern based on your high bust to full bust difference.

Both patterns come with the same awesome variations and all our tutorials and add on ideas can be applied to either!

I hope you have found this breakdown on how to choose between Hovea & Hovea Curve helpful. If you have any questions or need any further help please let me know in the comments!


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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Karen C
Karen C
2 years ago

This is really helpful. I am in the crossover group and seeing the difference in the main pattern pieces shows me which type of pattern would work best for me. It helps to have a larger bust without having wide shoulders.

Rosie Rayner
Rosie Rayner
2 years ago

I’m a newbie in the UK. I’m standing on the edge waiting for courage to jump! British sizing is different to U SA so I need to be sure what I’m doing. I’m short and busty so I guess I need the Curve.