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« on: December 08, 2007 07:18:37 PM »

So I'm taking the etsy plunge!  Grin Very soon I will be selling handmade clothes and accessories online. I would really like for my clothes to fit people of all different shapes and sizes. I am having a few problems though. Like how would I go about making armwarmers and legwamers of different sizes? Also, for the clothes I was going to mimic the sizes of a major chain like Hot Topic. Does this sound like a good plan or are their size labels misleading. For example, do they sell clothes in a medium that you would actually consider a small?

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Women sizes
Small
Bust- 34
Waist- 27
Hips- 37

Medium
Bust- 36
Waist- 29
Hips-39

Large
Bust- 37
Waist- 30
Hips- 40

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007 05:57:50 AM »

The best thing you can do is put your size measurements up in an obvious place so when people order products, they can see a size chart and it's their responsibility to measure themselves. You might also indicate whether something is snug, relaxed/regular, or baggy/loose.

There are no standard sizes, I'm afraid.
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007 07:14:41 AM »

I will definitely do that. I would hate to have someone buy something and then have it not fit. But I'm still concerned about someone being offended by the sizes. Like me listing their size as a large when their normally a medium or something.
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2007 03:37:06 PM »

I don't think most people would really get all that offended - even manufactured sizes vary so wildly already.  You could, if you want to be sure you standardize it, look at several major clothing manufacturers' sizing charts, average them together, and mimic that.  (FWIW, your chart looks fairly normal to me, though the bust on the Large seems a bit small to me.  I'm a (admittedly, fairly busty) Medium and that wouldn't fit me.)

As to arm and legwarmers, it seems like the best strategy might be making prototypes to fit any of the larger and smaller people you know and working out sizes from there.  Or just increase/decrease the size by some fixed amount, and clearly state the measurements rather than trying to give a fixed size.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007 05:20:42 PM »

I agree with CraftyChef posting your size measurements is definatley a good idea.
The sizing looks pretty good, but I would maybe make the Large a little bit bigger.  There seems to be little difference between the Medium and Large.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2008 12:25:00 AM »

Well, you could always just list the measurements of the individual garments. That way everyone will know for sure, and no one will be offended.

But if you want to go with standard sizes for all your clothes, The large should probably be about an inch larger than you have, at least.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008 08:33:18 AM »

When I buy things off of places like etsy I make sure to check the measurements of that particular seller. I used to be a partner with someone and we did reconned clothes, and we always made sure to list every measurement possible from sleeve lengths, bust widths- everything. I don't know if that helps, but I figured I'd chime in.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008 04:55:33 PM »

Hi there -- I had the same question myself. I agree there is no real standard sizes anymore, but this chart looks like a good guideline:

http://www.yarnstandards.com/womansize.html
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