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Fitting 101

This week on the blog we are talking about fitting. When you make clothes for yourself and others you always choose a size according to body measurements and never a ready-to-wear size. These two are simply not the same. However, finding the right size and fit can be challenging! So we’ve gathered some helpful tips and size charts that will help you create the perfect fit. Take a look at all our resources below on getting a good fit for your handmade wardrobe.

The following helpful pages are available on our website or as downloadable Adobe® Acrobat documents (PDF-format), just click to find out more.

How To Measure And Select Your Body Type

Measuring yourself is easy with these 3 important steps.

Fit Brochure

Download a printable that will help you determine your pattern size using your measurements. It includes tips on how to increase a dart and a worksheet to fill in your own measurements.

Selecting Your Pattern Size

Tips and tricks on how to find the size that will suit you best.

Measure tables – Apparel

From babies to toddlers, to teens, here you can find a size chart for everyone at every size.

Measurement Tables – For Your Home

Give your home a make over with some custom made curtains, blinds or bedding! We’ve gathered tips on how to measure your window and we’ve included a guide on making your bedsheets.

Measurement Tables – Burda Style Sizing Chart

If you are making a Burda Style pattern, this is the size chart you want to use to find the size you need.

Size And Measurement Charts – PDF

Find your size in the Simplicity size chart. The chart includes US sizes, European sizes and French sizes.

How To: Measure Yourself

Aneka of Made To Sew is sharing her top tips on how to measure yourself and others. She covers the ones that you will require for most dressmaking patterns; your bust measurement, waist measurement and hip measurement. She also shows you how to take your back and bicep measurements.


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