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Your waist is size 38 but your hips are 40? No problem. We’ll show you how to fit your favorite garment exactly to your individual body form.

the size chart


First take your personal bust, waist, and hip circumference measurements. Compare these measurements to the measurements in the size chart above. The size which most closely matches your measurements is your size and circle. For a more detailed and printable size chart click here.

615 Step 1


On the multi-sized pattern, place marks on the determined size lines. On dress, coat or jacket, mark bust, waist, and hips; on skirt, mark waist and hips.

Step 2


With the help of a curved tailoring ruler, draw smooth lines between the marked points. Important: Don’t draw any “corners”!

Step 3


Now you can cut out the pattern pieces. If you are using an expensive fabric, we recommend that you first sew a test garment from muslin, to check the fit. Attention: If your garment has sleeves, cut out the sleeve piece in the size for your bust measurement!

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    May 3, 2017, 01.54 PMby AlchemySewist

    Good tips for fitting the bust, waist, and hips, but what about the shoulders? I’m built like a pyramid; shoulders are a size smaller than the bust and my waist and hips are another size bigger. I start with the size line smaller than my bust and use the curved ruler to redraw the line from shoulder to underarm seam. Just remember you must change the sleeve as well, redrawing the line from the center dot to the seams on each side. Usually I find the smaller neck opening works best, especially for wider necked fashions. Definitely make a muslin. I have some friends who wear a DD cup and this alteration works for them as well.

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    May 2, 2017, 07.24 PMby Tina Unger

    Thanks! This was very helpful!

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    May 2, 2017, 05.57 PMby nrobson

    Thank you this,is,very helpful for multisizing and adjusting which I am yet to muster up confidence to try :)

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    Apr 28, 2017, 03.28 PMby ndimi

    Thank you. Would love more mini-tuts like this!

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    Apr 26, 2017, 03.23 PMby tessi

    I would be very interested in learning about how to size up/scale up an existing pattern that is not multi-sized. Does anyone know of a good resource?

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    Apr 26, 2017, 02.00 PMby Tiffanyys

    Nice post !

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    Apr 26, 2017, 09.57 AMby Johanna11

    Thx for this article !

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    Apr 26, 2017, 02.26 AMby nayyesa

    thanks

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