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Vintage Size Charts

Vintage Pattern Sizes

Size:Measurement1940’s1970’s1990’s
12bust30″/76.5cm34″/86.5cm34″/86.5cm
12waist25″/63.5cm25 1/2″/ 65cm26 1/2″/67.5cm
12hip33″/84cm36″/91.5cm36″/91.5cm
14bust32″/81.5cm36″/91.5cm36″/91.5cm
14waist26″/66cm27″/68.5cm28″/71cm
14hip35″/89cm38″/96.5cm38″/96.5cm
16bust34″/86.5cm38″/96.5cm38″/96.5cm
16waist28″/71cm29″/74cm30″/76.5cm
16hip37″/94cm40″/101.5cm40″/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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