Patently Vintage Size Guide


Tips for chosing your size


First of all, you should choose your clothing based on measurements. Not on a size number listed (6, 8, 10, 12 etc.) or what size you think you usually wear. This is because, as everyone finds out at some point, all manufacturers and designers have different specifications for their patterns. There is no size standard in the garment industry. You must measure yourself for accuracy.

A note about garment sizing


No matter how accurate a size chart or suggested measurements are, you have to keep in mind that human beings sew these clothes. What a lot of retailers don't mention is that there is something in the garment industry called "seam tolerance". This is the amount specified by the manufacturer that the garment measurements can acceptably vary from the pattern specs when they are being cut and sewn. 


Why? Well because human beings can't possibly cut and sew every single garment to a zillionth of an inch of the original specs every time. It just isn’t humanly possible. And the quality control people at the factories would end up rejecting zillions of finished garments! So it is not uncommon for measurements to vary a bit on some of the garments in the same production run. Finished garment measurements can potentially vary up to an inch more or less from the measurements stated in the description although MOST are usually pretty close to the listed measurements. Consumers or retailers have no control over this. However you need to keep it in mind when ordering online.


If in doubt about what size to purchase please contact me first.


In most cases, with dresses made from non-stretch fabric you're better off buying the next size up if you're in between sizes. It's easier to take something in when it's a little too large. However there usually isn't enough seam allowance to let something out.


Stretchy fabrics are more forgiving, but keep in mind how snug you like to wear your clothing. 

Supplier size charts

Bettie Page Clothing

Steady Clothing

Additional helpful hints


When measuring your bust, waist and hips:


Remember that your bust measurement is not your bra measurement. Though you need to remember to measure your bust while wearing a bra.


For bust, waist and hips, remember not to pull the tape measure too tightly.


Size and fit can vary between different styles of the same brand.


Our size information is intended as a guide only and international size conversions may vary a little as well.