Monthly Archives: July 2008

Ready-to-Wear Sizing vs. Pattern Sizing

When selecting a pattern, please don’t be alarmed when you discover that the “vanity” sizing of today’s ready-to-wear is different. Pattern companies work off of a sizing block, and it doesn’t change from one garment to another. More than likely, your pattern size will be larger. But, no need to worry — no one will know except you and your seamstress. Besides, your custom-made garment will fit you much better and you will be the envy of all your friends.

Pattern Sizing

Did you know that all patterns printed by the “Big Four” (Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick & Vogue) companies are not adjusted for cup size? Regardless of your pattern size, the bust area of their patterns only accommodates a B cup. Special adjustments must be made to the pattern before cutting the fabric to allow for any other cup size.