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« on: June 21, 2005 05:53:28 AM »

I have been playing around with the idea of my own clothing line for years now, but I have one question I can't figure out yet. Does anyone know how you know what size to label your clothes. I know that even if I use a pattern to draft my own patterns are in different sizes than ready to wear clothes. I tried to find a web site that might help but haven't had any luck. I can probably guess on tops, just s, m, and lg. But how do I know about jeans? I could find a girl in every size to try on jeans and go from there Smiley But that would be a pain. Any help would be nice. Thanks!

Why is it that I can no longer buy anything that has a slight chance I could make it myself? Even if I don't know how to make it, or it's cheaper to buy...I can no longer buy it because "I could make that myself".
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2005 06:05:34 AM »

As you know, sizes in RTW vary widely.  You've got to decide which brands fit with your target audience and make your sizing match.  For instance, if you think that your clothes will appeal to J.Crew crowd, you match their sizing.  You probably have some garments around that you can check.  Match yours to similar fabrics (stretch jeans don't match non-stretch; summery fabrics fit differently from heavy denim).

The tricky part is checking sizes that you don't wear.  You can use your friends' closets as a start.  Then I would be tempted to be a little sneaky here.  You can go to some shops and take various sizes into the fitting room.  Measure them carefully (waist, hip, crotch length, etc.).  Or buy them, take them home and compare to your patterns.  Then return them.


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