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, Deer and Doe designs for an hour-glass shape, Cashmerette Patterns for curvy figures (cup sizes C–H), Sew DIY for tall women, and Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns (SBCC) and Petite Plus 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 5′ 7″ (170 cm) and when I first wrote this post in 2017, I hadn’t really given much thought to the height that patterns are designed for. That year I finished the Mimosa Culottes (OOP, out of print) by Named Clothing, a Finnish pattern company that designs for 5’8″. (You can see my version of the culottes here.)
After that, I made Megan Nielsen’s Flint Pants. I discovered that she designs for a height 5′ 9″ (175 cm).
Behind the chart
That experience made me want to find out what height pattern companies use for their designs.And that led me to make a chart listing sewing pattern heights. The height they design for is typically the height of their fit model. I began with companies whose patterns I’ve made and then added more several others.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. But I am trying to update it annually. I did my first update in 2020.
This year I added a column listing the size ranges for each pattern. Since I first began this chart, many companies have expanded their size range, are in the midst of expanding their size range, or offer new patterns . adding additional sizes or offer some patterns with an expanded size range; they are indicated with the single asterisk in the size column. Underneath the chart is a bulleted list of those companies.
I also updated the links to the size charts. There were many changes, including the links to the Big Four (Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue), since they are now owned by British company Design Group. I linked to the U.S. pages for size charts. But you can also find measurements for Butterick, McCalls and Vogue on this PDF.
Sewing pattern heights
My 2021 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, cup size, and size range. Sarah Pondevie of Pattern Union says she doesn’t specify a fit height, which is why I put “n/a” (not applicable) in that column for her company. She felt that listing a fit height would be misleading because “two people can be the same height, one has a long body and a short legs, the other long legs and a short body, their fit requirements are not related to height.” This is an excellent point, and, as I say towards the end of this post, “height is not everything.” Sarah also said she thinks “we need to look at body shapes/types rather than just sizes.”
|Sewing Co. Size Chart||Height: in||Height: cm||Cup||Size Range|
|100 Acts of Sewing||5′ 5″||165||C||XS-4X|
|The Assembly Line||5′ 6″-5′ 7″||168-170||XS-L, XL-3XL*|
|Blueprints for Sewing||5′ 5″||165||B||A-P|
|Burda women’s regular||5′ 6 1/4″||168||B||6-34|
|Burda women’s petite||5′ 3″||160||B||6-20|
|Burda women’s tall||5′ 9 1/4″||176||B||6-20|
|Butterick-misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168||B||4-26|
|Butterick-petites||5′ 2″-5′ 3″||157-160||B||4-26|
|Chalk & Notch||5’7″||170||A/B, C/D||0-24|
|Christine Haynes||5′ 6″||168||B||XS-4X|
|Closet Core Patterns||5′ 6″||168||B||0-20|
|Closet Core Patterns (expanded)||5’6″||168||D||14-30|
|Deer and Doe||5′ 6″||168||C, D||34-52|
|Friday Pattern Company||5′ 5″||165||B||XS-XXL, XS-4X, XS-7X*|
|Grainline Studio |
|Grainline Studio |
|Helen’s Closet||5′ 6″||168||B, D||0-30|
|In the Folds||5′ 7″||170||B||A-J|
|Itch to Stitch||5′ 6″||168||A-DD||00-20, 22-40*|
(larger cup size)
(size range 1)
(size range 2)
|McCalls – misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168||B||4-26|
|McCalls – petites||5′ 2″-5′ 3″||157-160||B||4-26|
|Megan Nielsen||5′ 9″||175||B||0-20 (also XS-XL)|
|Megan Nielsen (curve)||5’9″||175||D||14-30|
|Merchant & Mills||5′ 6″||168||D||6-18, XXS-XXL**|
|Muna and Broad||5’6″||168||flexible||A-G, A-M*|
|Named Clothing||5′ 8″||172||B||0-24|
|Paper Theory Patterns||5′ 7″||170||C||6-28*|
|Papercut Patterns||5′ 7″||170||B/C***||1-8|
|Paprika Patterns||5′ 7″||170||B-C||1-10, 1-13*|
|Pauline Alice||5′ 5″||165||B||34-44, 34-48*|
|Petite Plus Patterns||5′-5′ 4″||152.4- 162.5||D||12-24|
|Pipe Dream Patterns (Beatha)||5′ 5″||165||C||6-20|
|Pipe Dream Patterns (Saorsa)||5’10”||177||DD||20-34|
|SBCC Patterns||5′ 1″||163||B/C||XXS-XL|
|SBCC Patterns (expanded)||5′ 1″||163||D/E||L-4X|
|Sew DIY||5′ 10″||177||C||0-32|
|Sew House Seven|
|Sew House Seven|
|Sew Liberated||5’5″-5’7″||168-170||C||0-24, 0-30/34*|
|Simplicity-misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168||B||4-26|
|Simplicity-women||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168||18W-32W|
|Style Arc||5′ 6″||168||B||4-30|
|Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina||5’5″-5’6″||165-167||A-J|
|True Bias||5′ 5″||165||C||0-18, 14-30*|
choosing right height)
|Vogue-misses||5′ 5″-5′ 6″||165-168||B||4-26|
|Vogue-petites||5′ 2″-5′ 3″||157-160||B||4-26|
|Wardrobe by Me||5’8″||172||A-D||0-24|
|Wiksten||5′ 7″||170||B||0-18, 0-22|
* The patterns in the chart with an asterisk in the size range column are pattern companies have some patterns available in larger sizes and/or are working on making all patterns available in an expanded size range:
- Some Assembly Line patterns are currently available in larger sizes. See their FAQs for info on larger sizes.
- Friday Pattern Company is working on making all designs available in the expanded size range, some go up to XXL, others to 4X or 7X. The goal is for all designs to go up to 7X.
- Some Itch to Stitch patterns are available in plus sizes but the majority are not.
- Just Patterns is “in the process of adding two more sizes to the 46-56 size range, which will now be called the 46-60 size range” and says that new patterns will be available inthe 34-60 size range. Delphine, the designer, says that her current patterns will be available in sizes up to 60 in July 2021.
- Marilla Walker‘s Belemnite Dress is available in extended sizes (bust 42″-48″/107 cm-147 cm)
- Plus-size pattern company Muna and Broad is extending its size range from A–G (bust 40″/102 cm–52″/132 cm) to A–M (M: 83″/211 cm).
- Paper Theory is adding sizes 22-28 to all of its patterns.
- Pattern Union notes on their sizing page that “not all patterns feature all sizes” so check the pattern.
- All Paprika Patterns are available in sizes 1-10, some are available up to size 13; they are working on making all designs sized up to 13.
- Newer Pauline Alice patterns go up to 48.
- Sew Liberated size range varies depending on the pattern: 0-24, 0-30, 22-34.
- Some True Bias patterns are available in sizes 0-18 and some 14-30.
**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. Some patterns are available in size range 6-18 and others in XXS-XXL (6-28).
***Papercut Patterns says it usually designs for B/C for sampling but, “We always advise to go by bust measurement … rather than cup size.”
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.
Height is not everything
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 first updated it in 2020.