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« on: March 24, 2007 05:59:51 PM »

I just started making clothes and I want to use vintage patterns. I know that sizes have changed a lot since the 60s (I am using a 60s shift pattern). How do I figure out how to compensate for the size differences. I have measured everything but it's all so confusing to me. Please HELP!!


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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2007 08:55:17 PM »

ignore the size number - go by the measurements in inches.  If that still doesn't work (or it doesn't have inch measurements listed) pin the pieces together along the seam lines and see which one you will need.

As far as I know, though, it's hard to say whether sizes have changed a lot pattern wise.  Some people will say they have and other that they haven't.  I really haven't used enough vintage patterns to know.  All I know is that I use my measurements to determine the size I cut which is generally 3-4 size numbers above what I would buy at that store.  Sorda depressing, but I'd rather make things myself than wallow in the numbers Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2007 09:18:53 PM »

Ok I figured it out. For all who want to know how to figure out your size with vintage patterns, there is a site called vintage vixen I believe. I measured bust, waist, hips and I found out that: 34 bust is a size 9, 29 waist is a 13, and 36 hips is a size 8. I did the math and it turns out that I am a 14 in vintage pattern sizes. At the store I buy size 6 so I will only go by inches now when using patterns. Thanks for the advice CraftyCoug!!!

« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2007 09:42:51 PM »

Though vintage =/= vintage! A 40's pattern will not size the same as a 70's, not only because of the time distance and any changes to standardized sizing, but also because fit changed. I would just say to use measurements instead of any type of sizing eg:

I have a '53 sz 14 blouse w/ a bust size of 32
            '64 sz 14 dress w/ a bust of 34
            '76 sz 14 dress w a bust of 36
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