Selecting the correct Clothing Pattern Size can be confusing!

Ready made garments are sized differently than sewing patterns, eg- if you are a size 12 in ready made clothing, you will be closer to a size 16 in a sewing pattern. Garment manufacturers downsize garments to make the consumer feel as if they are several sizes smaller than what they really are – it’s a selling point!

When selecting a pattern for a dress/jacket/blouse (or anything that fits the top half of your body) measure your bust and choose the appropriate size on the pattern that corresponds to that measurement.

When selecting a pattern for a skirt/pants/culottes (or anything that fits the bottom half of your body), measure your hips and select the appropriate size that corresponds to that measurement.

Example:- 100cm bust = size 18 sewing pattern, but in a ready made garment, would be a size 14.

So don’t select your pattern size by the size you would buy off the rack!

And remember, we offer Sewing Classes, so we can always be of help.  Just contact us for a chat.