Category Archives: Sizing

Sizing

We have come to learn that vintage sizing is a mysterious world indeed. Items were often tailor made for individuals, and to have that size sewn into your garment would have been unnecessary and vulgar. Most items come from an age before cheap mass production and its obvious need to standardise sizing. Since standard sizing came about body shapes and images have changed, hence a 70’s piece marked size 10 could be markedly smaller than a current size 10.

Baring this in mind we will do all we can to help and advise you on the size and fit of each piece. We consider factors such as construction, wearing style and the give of the cloth. Relevant measurements will be given within each description.

Measurements have been taken with the garment lying flat as follows:

CHEST under arm to under arm
SLEEVE sleeve shoulder to end of sleeve
BACK shoulder seam to shoulder seam at widest point
WAIST seam to seam
HIPS seam to seam
INSIDE LEG inside leg
SKIRT LENGTH waist to hem
DRESS LENGTH neck to hem at back
SHIRT LENGTH neck to hem at back.

….and for the piece you cannot live without

Please also consider professional alteration. Vintage garments are items of quality fabrics and construction. They were often made with future alterations in mind (generous seams and hems etc). They come from an age different to our throwaway society and were made to last even if you changed shape.

Professional tailors and small businesses that offer an alteration service have been my constant allies in wearing vintage. In my experience they have been helpful, knowledgeable and offer a wonderful service. They can be found in the Yellow Pages.

SPACER
Women’s Clothing Sizes Chart
US UK Euro
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
SPACER
Women’s Shoe Sizes Chart
English 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8
European 34 35 35.5 36 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 41 42
American 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5
Japanese (cm) 21.5 22 22.5 23 23 23.5 24 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5