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Sewing Size Chart


For those of you who may find it a bit confusing moving from the ready made clothes world of the mall to the do-it-yourself world of the sewing table, let me give you some advice about the sizing process.

Accurately measure yourself. You cannot go on size on a pattern.

Here's what I mean:

A size 12 in the stores would be a size 18 (roughly) on a Simplicity pattern. The others, like store clothing, are close to the same parameters. Don't be dismayed. Clothing in stores have changed as the human body has changed with better nutrition and healthcare from previous decades. Patterns are standardized on whenever the company started, probably close to a century old. But if you plan to sew for yourself, you should know the difference. Men's patterns (if you can find them) are usually based on waist size though their S-XL tends to be more generous than their female counterparts.

So here it is:

Sizing Comparison
StorePattern
06
28
410
612
814
1016
1218
1420
1622
1824
2026
2228
2430
2632
2834
Of course there are variances within the sizes if you have ever read the back of a pattern envelope but this is a good place to start and might make it easier to either go for the right size right off the bat or realize that you might have to look elsewhere. Anyways, I hope this might be a help to anyone wanting to make their own clothing or costumes.

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