Hi fellow seamstresses,
I'm thinking about purchasing my first vintage pattern and I was wondering if anyone could just give me a little pointer about sizing. I'm pretty much a size 10 in modern patterns (32 inch bust). Does that mean I need to look for 32 inch bust in a vintage pattern, regardless of the size, or should I take the rest of my measurements into account as well?
It depends on how vintage your vintage is. The further back I go the further out the measurements are from my "modern" bodyshape. With 70s and 80s (yes, some people think of that as vintage -scary!) I find the sizing pretty much the same as now so don't need to do much ajusting
I tend towards styles from the 40s and 50s always find I have to play a game of mix-match with the bust and waist measurements as I am a typical British pear shape - small on top (UK10) but fuller hips and waist (UK12). If the waist fits the bodice will be huge but if the bust fits the waists are tiny - and, although I love the clothes, I don't fancy wearing 40s style corsetry all day. I usually try to add a couple of inches at the waist - just following the original curve of the pattern pieces. That usually works out.
Its well worth the little bit of extra work for the unique results at the end though.