We recommend that you always choose your size based on your body measurements and not personal size expectations. Some patterns are available in XS-XL and some patterns are available in 0-20 and Curve 14-30. Always check pattern listing descriptions before purchasing to make sure you know what sizes are included in your purchase.
Please note that all brands fits differently and we cannot guarantee that our sizes will line up with other brands.
How to measure yourself
When making a garment there are a few basic measurements you’ll need, and it’s important to get them right so that you can choose the appropriate size.
BUST // The measurement around the fullest part of your bust. Ensure that the tape measure is level with the ground and flat, don’t pull too tightly and ensure that you are wearing the bra you will wear when your garment is completed. Keep in mind that the bra you wear can greatly impact not only your bust measurement but also the fit of your garment.
WAIST // Measure around the narrowest part of your midsection. Again ensure that the tape measure is level and flat and ensure you don't 'suck in' your stomach. Breath normally and relax. Note that where your natural waist sits can vary for different body shapes, but it is generally above your navel.
HIP// This is different to your anatomical hip, when we talk about hip in garment making we are talking about the widest part of your lower body. This may be closer to being around your bottom, or upper thigh. As a trick try shifting the tape measure up and down a bit until you find your widest part.
Blending between sizes
You may find that you after measuring yourself your measurements are spread across different sizes for each section, and that’s okay! Simply cut the size that is appropriate for each section and grade/blend between them on the pattern. For example if you are a M bust, S waist and M hip, you can alter patterns accordingly cutting a M in the bust, grading down to a S in the waist and back out to a M in the hip.
HEIGHT// Our patterns are drafted to fit most heights and we try to include multiple lengths where relevant. Please check the finished garment measurements and compare to your personal preferences or the length of something you already own and like the length of.
CUP SIZE// Sizes XS-XL and 0-20 are drafted to fit a 2" (5cm) difference between full bust and upper bust, our Curve range 14-30 is drafted to fit a 4" (10cm) difference between full bust and upper bust. If your cup size is significantly larger or smaller than these, you may need to do a bust adjustment. Find a tutorial on this on our blog here.