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Sewing Pattern Sizes

We list sewing patterns by bust/waist size instead of the sewing pattern size because: 

  • Sewing pattern sizes continue to change
  • Ready to wear clothing sizes (modern rack sizes) don't match sewing pattern sizes
  • Sewing pattern sizes are a higher number than the ready to wear sizes

Here are some examples of measuring sewing charts 

 

1950's measurement charts

 

Here is a sewing pattern chart from the 1960's to show you how the sewing pattern sizes changed in 20's years.

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