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Vintage Size Charts

August 16, 2010 | Kate Dicey | Leave a comment

Vintage Pattern Sizes

Size: Measurement 1940’s 1970’s 1990’s
12 bust 30″/76.5cm 34″/86.5cm 34″/86.5cm
12 waist 25″/63.5cm 25 1/2″/ 65cm 26 1/2″/67.5cm
12 hip 33″/84cm 36″/91.5cm 36″/91.5cm
14 bust 32″/81.5cm 36″/91.5cm 36″/91.5cm
14 waist 26″/66cm 27″/68.5cm 28″/71cm
14 hip 35″/89cm 38″/96.5cm 38″/96.5cm
16 bust 34″/86.5cm 38″/96.5cm 38″/96.5cm
16 waist 28″/71cm 29″/74cm 30″/76.5cm
16 hip 37″/94cm 40″/101.5cm 40″/101.5cm

This information was put together by Emily, and comes from Simplicity patterns of the different vintages. The metric conversions are mine. Buying patterns of whatever vintage should always be done by measurement rather than size: now you see why!

Body Measurements

The following table shows the standard body measurements and pattern sizes for Misses’ sizes:

Remember these are body measurements, not the size of the pattern pieces.

Ease Allowance





All patterns have wearing ease designed into them. The amount of ease will depend to some extent on the style and the designer, but the following table gives the standard ease allowances.








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