Sizing Charts - Sewing Patterns

The very first step to making a garment that fits well is selecting the correct pattern size. It may seem obvious, but sewing patterns and ready-to-wear sizing are not the same and personal measurements are key when choosing a pattern size. The charts below will help guide you through this very important step.

Pattern companies use a standard set of body measurements, which are provided on the back of each pattern envelope. Once you have determined your pattern size by comparing your measurements with these standards, you can purchase that size for any company's patterns. The chart below is from the McCall Pattern Company.

 

MISSES’: About 5'5" (1.65cm) to 5'6" (1.68cm) height. MISS PETITE: About 5'2" (1.57cm) to 5'3" (1.60cm) height.

MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES

SIZE
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Bust  29 1/2 30 1/2 31 1/2 32 1/2 34 36 38 40 42 44 46  48
Waist  22 23 24 25 26 1/2 28 30 32 34 37 39  41 1/2
Hip  31 1/2 32 1/2 33 1/2 34 1/2 36 38 40 42 44 46 48  50
Back Waist Length  15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4 16 16 1/4 16 1/2 16 3/4  17  17 1/4 17 1/2 17 3/4  18
Petite Back Waist Length 14 14 1/4 14 3/4 15 15 1/4 15 1/2 15 3/4 16 16 1/4 16 1/2 16 3/4 17



MEASUREMENTS IN CENTIMETERS

SIZE
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Bust  75 78 80 83 87 92 97 102 107 112 117  122
Waist 56 58 61 64 67 71 76 81 87 94 99 104
Hip  80 83 85 88 92 97 102 107 112 117 122 127
Back Waist Length 39 39.5 40 40.5 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46
Petite Back Waist Length 35.5 36 37.5 38 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 42 42.5 43

 

WOMEN’S: About 5'5" to 5'6" height. WOMEN’S PETITE: About 5'2" to 5'3" height.

MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES

SIZE18W20W22W24W26W28W30W32W
Bust 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
Waist 33 35 37 39 41 1/2 44 46 1/2 49
Hip 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56
Back Waist Length 17 1/8 17 1/4 17 3/8 17 1/2 17 5/8 17 3/4 17 7/8 18

Petite Back Waist Length

16 1/8 16 1/4 16 3/8 16 1/2 16 5/8 16 3/4 16 7/8 17

 

MEASUREMENTS IN CENTIMETERS

SIZE18W20W22W24W26W28W30W32W
Bust 102 107 112 117 122 127 132 137
Waist 84 89 94 99 105 112 118 124
Hip 107 112 117 122 127 132 137 142
Back Waist Length 43 44 44 44.5 45 45 45.5 46

Petite Back Waist Length

41 41.5 42 42 42.5 42.5 43 43

 

GIRLS'/GIRLS' PLUS/BOYS': For growing girl/boy who has not yet begun to mature.


MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES

SIZE Girls' & Boys'
Girls' Plus
7 8 10 12 14 16 8 1/2 10 1/2 12 1/2 14 1/2 16 1/2
Chest 26 27 28 1/2 30 32 34 30 30 1/2 33 34 1/2 36
Waist 23 23 1/2 24 1/2 25 1/2 26 1/2 27 1/2 28 29 30 31 32
Hip 27 28 30 32 34 36 33 34 1/2 36 37 1/2 39
Back Waist Length 11 1/2 12 12 3/4 13 1/2 14 1/2 15 12 1/2 13 1/4 14 14 3/4 15 1/2
Height 50 52 56 58 1/2 61 61 1/2 52 56 58 1/2 61 63 1/2

 

MEASUREMENTS IN CENTIMETERS

SIZE Girls' Girls' Plus
7 8 10 12 14 16 8 1/2 10 1/2 12 1/2 14 1/2 16 1/2
Chest 66 69 73 76 81 87 76 80 84 88 92
Waist 58 60 62 65 67 70 71 74 76 79 81
Hip 69 71 76 81 87 92 84 88 92 96 99
Back Waist Length 29.5 31 32.5 34.5 36 38 32 34 35.5 37.5 39.5
Height 127 132 142 149 155 156 132 142 149 155 161

  

CHILDREN'S: Child who is walking and not wearing diapers.

MEASUREMENTS IN INCHES
 
SIZE234566X
Chest 21 22 23 24 25 25 1/2
Waist 20 20 1/2 21 21 1/2 22 22 1/2
Hip     24 25 26 26 1/2
Back Waist Length 8 1/2 9 9 1/2 10 10 1/2 10 3/4
Height 35 38 41 44 47 48

 

MEASUREMENTS IN CENTIMETERS
 
SIZE234566X
Chest 53 56 58 61 64 65
Waist 51 52 53 55 56 57
Hip     61 64 66 67
Back Waist Length 22 23 24 25.5 27 27.5
Height 89 97 104 112 119 122

 


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