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Grainline Sizing Information

Women's 0 – 18 B-Cup Size Range

Our 0 – 18 size range is drafted for a height of 5'5" (165.1 cm).

We draft this range for a B-sewing cup size. This means there is a 2" (5.1 cm) difference between your upper and full bust.

Bust (in) Bust (cm) Waist (in) Waist (cm) Hip (in) Hip (cm)

Size 0

32

81.2

25

63.5

35

88.9

Size 2

33

83.8

26

66

36

91.4

Size 4

34

86.3

27

68.5

37

93.9

Size 6

35

88.9

28

71.1

38

96.5

Size 8

36

91.4

29

73.6

39

99

Size 10

37

93.9

30

76.2

40

101.6

Size 12

38.5

97.7

31.5

80

41.5

105.4

Size 14

40

101.6

33

83.8

43

109.2

Size 16

42

106.6

35

88.9

45

114.3

Size 18

44

111.7

37

93.9

47

119.3

Women's 14– 32 D-Cup Size Range

Our 14 – 32 size range is drafted for a height of 5'5" (165.1 cm).

We draft this range for a D-sewing cup size. This means there is a 4" (10.2 cm) difference between your upper and full bust.

Bust (in) Bust (cm) Waist (in) Waist (cm) Hip (in) Hip (cm)

Size 14

40

101.6

33

83.8

43

109.2

Size 16

42

106.6

35

88.9

45

114.3

Size 18

44

111.7

37

93.9

47

119.3

Size 20

46

116.8

39

99

48

124.4

Size 22

48

121.9

41

104.1

51

129.5

Size 24

50

127

43

109.2

53

134.6

Size 26

52

132

45

114.3

55

139.7

Size 28

54

137.1

47

119.3

57

144.7

Size 30

56

142.2

49

124.4

59

149.8

Size 32

58

147.3

51

129.5

61

154.9

Please note: The measurements in these size charts are body measurements, not finished garment measurements. The finished measurements for each pattern can be found in both the pattern listing on our website as well as in the pattern's instruction booklet.

Best Practices for Taking Measurements

The most important thing you can do to choose the correct size is to take accurate measurements. Once you have these you’ll need to find each one on the size chart.

 

If you fall into multiple sizes, we recommend choosing the larger of the sizes. It’s easy to take a garment in, but more difficult to add additional fabric.


The Basics: Bust, Waist & Hip Circumference

Bust Circumference

Measure around your body at the fullest point of your bust and around your shoulder blades at the back. Be sure to wear a similar type of bra to what you'll be wearing with the final garment as this can affect the fit significantly. This measurement should be taken parallel to the floor.

 

Waist Circumference

Measure around the smallest part of your true waist. If you're unsure of where this is, lean to the side. The point where your waist bends is your true waist. A lot of people automatically suck in their waist while having this measurement taken without even thinking about it, so make sure you stand as naturally as possible. This measurement should be taken parallel to the floor.

 

Hip Circumference

This will be the fullest part of your hip, no matter where that falls. On some people it’s the standard 7-8” (approx. 17.75cm) down from the waist, but it can also fall above or below depending on the shape of your body. Again, make sure the tape measure is taught, but not tight! This measurement should be taken parallel to the floor.


Determining Cup Size: Upper & Full Bust

Upper Bust

This is a common measurement that if you’ve ever needed to do a small or full bust adjustment, I’m sure you’re familiar with. To measure your upper bust you want to measure just above your bust tissue at the front, and around the same point as the full bust at the back. The tape measure should be parallel to the floor at the front and back but will cross the underarm diagonally.

 

Calculating Sewing Cup Size

Once you have your upper bust measurement you're going to subtract it from your full bust measurement. This number will indicate your sewing cup size.

A-Cup B-Cup C-Cup D-Cup

1" (2.5cm)

1" (2.5cm)

1" (2.5cm)

1" (2.5cm)


Additional Measurements

Body Length & HPS

We measure the body length of all of our patterns from the high point of shoulder down to the hem of the garment. The HPS falls at the intersection of your neck and shoulder, and is typically in line with your bust point.

Sleeve Length

Starting at the shoulder tip (usually even with your acromion), measure down the back of your arm to the point where you'd like your particular sleeve to hit. Make sure you keep your arm loose and slightly bent for the most accurate measurement.

Bicep Circumference

The bicep will be measured at the fullest point of your bicep, no matter where it falls. Our measurements are taken 2" below the lowest point of the armscye, which is the widest point of our fit models falls.

Each of our patterns starts with an idea. I sketch and refine, coming up with pattern variations and views until our vision for the pattern is complete.

From there my sketches are delivered to our industry-trained pattern maker, who brings them to life. During this process we rely on our Alvanon forms for the initial draft, then work with our fit models over multiple fittings to perfect the silhouette and fit of each garment. Our two size ranges are drafted independently of each other and each relies on a different block, form, and fit model. This allows us to optimize the fit, style, and proportions for each range.

Once our base patterns are perfected it’s time to have them graded into the multiple sizes we offer. Through in-person fittings with women in each of our available sizes, we have developed a custom set of grade rules for each size range. Our pattern grading is done digitally and often takes a bit of back and forth as we work with our grader to tweak our grade rules slightly in order to obtain the best results for each particular pattern.

After the pattern is graded, our team checks and double checks that everything is in the right place, walking pattern pieces, sewing up samples, and testing the various sizes. Once that is completed it’s time to develop the instructions.

We develop two complete sets of instructions, one for each size range, just as we do for the patterns. Because the different sizes can require different pattern shapes, dart sizes, etc. we want the instruction text and illustrations you’re working from to match what you’re actually sewing as closely as possible. From there our graphic designer, who has extensive experience in book and information layout, creates our instruction booklets.

After the instruction books are laid out, our team sews through the instructions again, checking for inconsistencies in the text and illustrations, and looking for any ways to improve the sewing process or refine the text for clarity. Once we’ve completed that it’s time for external pattern testing.

The first step of our external pattern testing process is to bring in our team of community test sewers. Over the course of the three week testing period, they sew up their own garment checking for ease of sewing, any instruction and pattern inconsistencies, and evaluating fit. Each and every size in the range is tested. After this period is over, we go through the detailed responses given to us by this team, and apply needed changes to the pattern and instructions.

Our team then proofs the changes made and the pattern is then sent to a professional tech editor. She combs the patterns and instructions for any remaining errors, test sewing the garment in the process. Upon completion we make needed corrections and if needed, send it back for review.

The final step before we go to print is sending the pattern to our copyeditor, who in addition to checking sentence structure, etc., checks each new pattern against our catalog of existing patterns for any layout inconsistencies that may exist.

Once we get the pattern back in studio, we make the appropriate changes and do another thorough edit. Then it’s time to print!

After sending the files to our printers we receive paper proofs which we then measure and check to make sure everything will print correctly. If any changes are needed at this point, we make them, but if not, we’re good to print! It takes approximately 3 weeks from the time our proofs are approved to the day the patterns show up at our door.