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How to choose the correct pattern size:

Before selecting your pattern size, please read the following on how to correctly measure yourself:

1. Measure Your Body

Only basic body measurements are needed to determine your pattern type and size. Remember to wear proper undergarments and shoes when measuring. Also, make sure the tape measure is held snugly and firmly (not tightly) against your body and is always parallel to the floor for circumference measurements.

2. Select Your Size Category

Compare your height and body measurements to the measurement charts to select your size category.

3. Select Your Pattern Size

Pattern size is determined by your circumference (width) measurements. Again, refer to the Pattern Measurement Charts to select the size corresponding to the Bust, Waist and Hip measurements closest to your measurements.

Here are some tips to help make your size selection easier:

  • Select size to correspond with your Bust / Chest measurement.
  • Adjust the Waist and / or Hip, if necessary.
  • If there is more than 2" (5cm) difference between your Bust and Chest measurement, select pattern size by your chest measurement, because you will achieve a better fit through your shoulders, chest and upper back; adjust the Bust if necessary. 

[1] Bust: measure around the fullest part of the bust and straight across the back.

[2] Chest: measure around body above fullest part of bust.

[3] Waist: measure around body at natural waistline.

[4] Hip: measure around body at fullest part.

[5] Back Waist Length: measure from the most prominent bone at base of neck to natural waistline.

To determine your cup size you will need two measurements:

BUST: Measure straight across the back over the fullest part of the bust.
HIGH BUST: Measure across the back, high up under the arm and across
top of bust.

Deduct HIGH BUST measurement from BUST measurement for the difference. Using the DIFFERENCE measurement, find your cup size on the chart below.

Cup Size Chart 


Cup Size

Up to 1" (2.5cm)


Up to 2" (5cm)


Up to 3" (7.5cm)


Up to 4" (10cm)


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