Vintage Sizing Charts

vintage sewing pattern size charts

Why a size 14 is not always a size 14.

Have you ever noticed that sewing pattern sizing charts can vary greatly?  (Especially with a Vintage Sewing Size Chart ) This is because different companies, designers, and regions have created their own systems and regulations for measuring and marketing sewing patterns over time.

Interestingly, as the years have gone by, body measurements have increased while size numbers have decreased. This is due to a marketing trend where people feel happy to fit into smaller sizes, known as the vanity sizing effect.

It’s important to note that this is a common practice in the fashion industry and can create an illusion of smaller sizes. However, it’s essential to choose your size based on your actual measurements, not the number on the tag.

So, next time you’re choosing a sewing pattern, make sure to refer to the specific sizing chart and measure yourself accurately for the best fit.

Timeless Templates are proud to be part of the body positivity movement.  Everyone should be able to love their body, regardless of Shape, Size or Symmetry …AND look damn good while doing it.

Don’t ever be put off a pattern, because according to its measurements chart, you take a size 3 or 4 times larger than your modern local equivalent. 

Take accurate body measurements, love who you are and enjoy making clothes that fit you well.  

The Vintage Sewing Size Charts

Here are some vintage sewing charts from major pattern companies, complete with the dates and eras they correspond to. While these charts can be helpful for reference, it’s important to keep in mind that nothing beats taking your own measurements and measuring your pattern pieces for the best fit.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that the amount of ease a pattern provides between the garment and body can vary depending on the pattern company and the era it was produced in. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check the ease of the pattern before you start cutting and sewing.

Remember, taking accurate measurements is the key to a perfectly fitting garment. So, grab your tape measure and get ready to sew a wardrobe that fits you just right!

Mcall Vintage sewing Size Charts 1939

Mccall 1939 free vintage sewing manual
Mcall Ladies and Misses 1939

Ladies’ and Misses sizes were most often on the first pages of the vintage size charts, with Junior (for the youthful figure) and Girls’ Sizes following. Finally, finishing with Children’s Sizing.

Vogue Sewing Patterns Size Charts 1948

free vintage sewing help - size chart
Vogue Ladies, Misses and Juniors 1948
useful size charts for vintage sewing
Mcall Junior, Girls and Children's Vintage Sewing Size Chart 1939
vogue vintage sewing pattern size chart 1940

Femme D'Aujour'Hui (French) Size Charts 1950

femme d´aujourd ´hui taille patron 1950
Femme D'Aujour'Hui Womens Vintage Sewing Size Chart 1950

Patron Modele (French) Size Charts 1969

patron modèle size chart 1969
Patron Modele Womens Vintage Sewing Size Chart 1969