What Size Am I? & Other Sizing Woes Solved
Learn how to take your measurements and other helpful techniques with the printable guide every woman should have.
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Stepping into a store and trying on clothes can be confusing and mind-boggling. Sizing is a science that no one can truly master, especially since stores and pattern makers all have very different ideas about what a size looks like. Some stores you might wear size 12 while in other stores you might slip into a 10 or struggle to pull on a 14. It can leave you wondering time and time again “What size am I?”
The answer is probably one you won’t love.
You are several different sizes. While standards exist in the US for sizes, they are extremely loose. This is true for sewing patterns, as well. While I cannot personally answer the question “What size am I?” for myself and certainly do not know what size you are, I can offer some tips and tricks, helpful charts, and tutorials to help you find a way to make your clothes fit just right.
With handy information on how to take your measurements and things to look out for during the clothes-buying process, this printable guide is a must-have for every woman, sewist or not. What Size Am I? & Other Sizing Woes Solved is here to help you wade through the jungle of getting your clothes to fit perfectly!
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5 Quick Tips and Tricks
Before you dive into the know-how of learning how to measure yourself, it's important to keep a few things in mind. These five quick tips will give you indispensable insight into sewing clothes, sizing types, selecting sizes in stores, and online clothes shopping. With these handy tricks in mind, you'll be selecting perfectly sized pieces in no time!
Remember that sizing changes from store to store. Many stores use sizing as a ploy to get you to buy clothing. They will label larger sizes as smaller, trying to trick you into a confidence-boosting shopping spree. This is called vanity sizing and it has been going on since the 1930s.
When you are ordering online, many clothing stores have sizing charts. Be sure to use them to measure yourself before purchasing anything.
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Take into account that sizes come in many different varieties. They are differentiated between Juniors, Misses, Womens, Tall, Petite, etc. All of these factors play into what “size” a manufacturer deems a piece.
In a lot of stores, you can easily ask the staff “What size am I?” and they can help you figure it out. They know the clothing very well. It is their job, and their expertise can be life-changing for your style.
What Size Am I?: How to Find Out
Use these helpful charts to help determine exactly what size you are in accordance to standards around the world. Keep in mind that vanity sizing, or size inflation, means that these charts may not be entirely accurate for every store.
How to Take Your Own Measurements
Remember: When you are taking your measurements, let the tape measure hang loosely against your body. You do not want all your clothes fitting skintight. Plus, don’t suck in your stomach and try to relax. You want the measurements to be as relaxed and natural as possible. Use the handy chart below to learn how to take your own measurements.
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What Size Am I? Look Below!
Use the measurements you acquired above and the clothing size charts below to determine your proper clothing size.
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Download the U.S. measurements infographic below by right-clicking on the image or right here.
If you are going on vacation anytime soon or just love ordering from international shops, you absolutely need to know how to convert your size before even considering buying a piece. Knowing these measurements can save you so much time and alleviate a lot of shopping stress. Use the international sizing chart below to determine your what size you are all over the world!
Remember: If you need help figuring out your size, many stores offer sizing charts specific to their wearables on their websites. You can always ask shop attendants, as well.
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