Everyone’s body is different. We come in all shapes and sizes, which can make it challenging to find a sewing pattern that fits your body. Luckily, some indie sewing patterns design for a particular body type. For example, Sewaholic Patterns are designed for pear-shaped women, Cashmerette Patterns for curvy figures (cup sizes C–H) and Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns (SBCC) for petite ladies. Each size is designed for a particular bust, waist and hip measurement, but not every company provides the sewing pattern height.
I’m nearly 5′ 8″ (172 cm) and I really haven’t given much thought to the height that patterns are designed for. I’ll be sewing more pants (trousers for you UK and Aussie sewists) so I’m looking more closely at height; then I can make any pattern adjustments before I cut my fabric. I recently finished the Mimosa Culottes by Named Clothing, a Finnish pattern company that designs for my height. I liked the length on the model in the photo so I didn’t make any changes to the length.
My next pair will be Megan Nielsen’s Flint Pants. I discovered that she designs for a height 5′ 9″ (175 cm) so I trimmed one inch from the length on my pattern piece before I cut my muslin. This experience made me want to find out what height pattern companies use for their designs. And of course, I thought, why not make a chart of all the companies whose patterns I’ve sewn or are in my stash? So that’s how I selected the list of companies. – with the exception of Cashmerette, whose patterns I don’t yet own, partly because I’d have to do a significant small bust adjustment. (I’m an A cup.) So this is by no means a comprehensive list. But I will be updating it. If you are a pattern company and would like to be added to this list, please contact me and send me a link to your size chart, height and cup size you design for.
As far as I can tell, the Big Four (Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity and Vogue) all use the same height for misses (5′ 5″ to 5′ 6″) and petite (5′ 2 to 5′ 3″/157 cm to 160 cm).
The chart includes links to each company’s body measurements/size chart (if they have one or a link to a pattern with the size chart), the height they design for and the cup size. I don’t know what cup size the Big Four uses so I left that blank. I’ll fill it in when I find out.
|Sewing Co. Size Chart||Height: in||Height: cm||Cup|
|100 Acts of Sewing||5′ 5″||165||C|
|The Assembly Line||5′ 6″-5′ 7″||168-170|
|Blueprints for Sewing||5′ 5″||165||B|
|Burda women’s regular||5′ 6 1/4″||168|
|Burda women’s petite||5′ 3″||160|
|Burda women’s tall||5′ 9 1/4″||176|
|Butterick-misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168|
|Butterick-petites||5′ 2″-5′ 3″||157-160|
|Christine Haynes||5′ 6″||168||B|
|Closet Case Files||5′ 6″||168||B|
|Deer and Doe||5′ 6″||168||C-D|
|Friday Pattern Company||5′ 6″||168||B|
|Helen’s Closet||5′ 6″||168||B, D|
|In the Folds||5′ 7″||170||B|
|Itch to Stitch||5′ 6″||168||A-DD|
|McCalls – misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168|
|McCalls – petites||5′ 2″-5′ 3″||157-160|
|Megan Nielsen||5′ 9″||175||B-C|
|Merchant & Mills||5′ 6″||168||D*|
|Named Clothing||5′ 8″||172||B|
|Paprika Patterns||5′ 7″||170||B-C|
|Paper Theory Patterns||5′ 7″||170||C|
|Pauline Alice||5′ 5″||165||B|
|Pipe Dream Patterns||5′ 5″||165|
|SBCC Patterns||5′ 1″||155||Varies|
|Sew DIY||5′ 10″||177||C|
|Sew House Seven||5′ 6″||168||B|
|Simplicity-misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168||B|
|Style Arc||5′ 6″||168||B|
|True Bias||5′ 5″||165||C|
|Vogue-misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168|
|Vogue-petites||5′ 2″-5′ 3″||157-160|
*Merchant & Mills says their patterns are not tailored/fitted so they don’t really design for a particular cup size but if they had to say, they say D.
Not all of the indie designers include this info on their websites so in some cases, I contacted the companies to find out. They graciously answered my queries within a few days. I hope you find the information useful.
Sewing pattern height is an interesting measurement but it’s not the most important one. Patterns can easily be adjusted for length. The critical measurements are bust, waist and hips. The finished measurements are also very helpful when it comes to pants and skirts. When I make skirts or pants, all I first look at the hip measurement to pick my size. What measurements are the most important for you when you choose a size to sew?
Note: This post was originally published on May 1, 2017. I’ve been meaning to update it for a long time. This update was spurred by Michelle (@michellegw) who helpfully sent me height/cup size of some additional indie patterns in her collection. Thanks, Michelle!