Choosing a great pattern to tackle on your new cheap sewing machine is hard enough on its own, but when you consider sizing, the matter becomes even more frustrating. Finding the right sized pattern can be difficult, because patterns are sized a whole lot differently than the ready-to-wear clothes that you find at your favorite stores. Our pros have come up with this guide to selecting the right size of pattern in order to help you out:

  • Measure yourself- In order to end up with clothes that fit you well, you will need to accurately measure yourself. Grab some flexible measuring tape, strip down to your underthings, and measure away! When you hold the measuring tape, ensure that it is comfortably tight, not too loose or overly snug. Keep in mind that it can be difficult to get an precise measurement on your own, so don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help!
  • For tops and dresses- Choose a pattern according to your bust size. Keep in mind that most patterns are designed to fit a B cup, so if your cup size is bigger than that, you should choose by your individual high bust measurement rather than cup size.
  • For pants and skirts- Choose a pattern according to your hip and waist measurements.
  • For tops and bottoms- Some patterns will include tops and bottoms, so for these patterns, you will just want to make sure that you double check that both size ranges are included.
  • If your measurements don’t fit a pattern- Sometimes, you may not find the perfect size of pattern, and in these cases, you can take advantage of the patterns that come with multiple sizes.