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Sizing Matters: Understanding the Guide on Your Sewing Pattern

Sizing Matters: Understanding the Guide on Your Sewing Pattern

 It's important to understand the different sizing chart for sewing patterns verses ready-to-wear clothes.

Whether you are a new sewer or have been sewing for years, there is always something new to learn with sewing. If you are ready to take on a task of sewing a garment, make sure you understand the pattern lingo. Keep in mind pattern sizing is very different from ready-to-wear sizing. Pattern companies list sizing charts on their patterns or in their pattern books. Here are some general ones to help you out.

Juniors: The junior size patterns are for youthful figures with slim hips, smaller bust, and less waist definition. Keep in mind Junior sizing for ready-to-wear is different then sewing patterns for juniors.
Petite: This is the sizing for women under 5' 4". Some women even with buying a petite pattern must still shorten each pattern piece. Hold up the pattern piece to your body for a quick general check before you pin and cut the fabric. There are lines on pattern pieces to indicate where to shorten or lengthen.
Misses: This is usually the size range for well-proportioned, developed figures with more pronounced curves.
Women's: This is the size range for larger more mature women, usually 38" or more at bust.
Plus Sizes: For 40" or more at bust, 33" or more at waist, and  42" or more at hips.
Ease: All patterns have an ease to them, meaning they allow extra room for movement. The general rule of thumb for pattern piece ease is 1/2" - 1". This ease is meant to be there so do not adjust your size or pattern. The ease is the space in a finished garment beyond the body measurement that allows for comfortable movement and style.


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