New Sizing Tables are now available! I use these Sizing Tables to create all my designs for for Jill Wolcott Knits® patterns. These are actual body measurements; but they are averages. My sizing tables may not be perfect for you; only a custom fit garment will give a perfect fit.
Two types of Sizing Tables
- Missy sizing
- Numeric Sizes 2 through 20 (10 sizes)
- Alpha Sizes XXS through XXL (7 sizes)
- Lavis (plus) sizing
Each Sizing Table has a version in inches and in centimeters.
Why New Sizing Tables?
The new Sizing Tables have several new measurement areas: Across Front, Across Back, Front Neck Drop, Back Neck Drop, and Bust Point to Bust Point, Shoulder Girth, and Upper Chest Girth. I have always used these measurements but they were not in my public tables. This allows me to use the same tables in my grading classes.
New Sizing Tables allow me to provide metric measurements too. I think in inches, so that is what I use, but all more current Jill Wolcott Knits® patterns offer information in both inches and metric, so the Sizing Tables now reflect the same. They are in separate tables for ease of use.
Updated Measuring Croquis
These are bodies that show you where measurements are taken. I have labeled them to show all the measurements on the sizing tables. Since we don’t generally do full-length garments or pants, these are only partial bodies. They are not to scale and my body doesn’t look like that either! They are artistic representations.
I assume other people are using these Sizing Tables so I want to be sure that they are clear. Please take a moment to digest these Notes.
You may want to sign up for my Free A System of Grading Webinar (see if it is being offered in the near future) or my A System of Grading course. This is a professional development course. Grading is much more difficult than it appears on the surface and it is really important to do it properly! Learning grading will, at points, make you think you broke your brain.
Understanding Basic Ease
Ease is the difference between your body measurements and the garment. If you want the amount of ease shown you must choose a size that will give you that ease. You may choose to have different ease and different ease will result from a difference in your body measurements and the table. We are relatively accustomed to that happening between brands and styles, but it is important to know your body measurements so you can see how they interact with each garment.
Garment ease in the body is not the same at each point it hits the body. Sleeves are an example. If the body bust is 36″ and the upper arm is 10.5″, there is a 3.5 to 1 relationship in the circumference. It makes sense that ease would be different. If 4″ of ease is put into the body how much should go in the sleeve? To maintain the same relationship, it would be about 1.16″ to 4″. Growth at other points is smaller than the example.
My tables are based upon ASTM sizing tables, which are based upon averages. I have adjusted my numbers to reflected my target customer and to be slightly generous. I have put years of experience and observation into developing these tables. You may download them here. I am making them available through my shopping cart so that I can alert you to future changes.