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Posted on: 11/9/04 12:30 PM
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I just came across this bit of information that might be useful for those of us who sew patterns made on a different continent.

For kids sizes I've learned to use both sides of a tape measure with inches on one side and centimeters on the other.

Here are some guidelines for adult sizes:

Women's suits and dresses:
Brit size numbers are 22-24 more than American; Euro numbers are 28 more than American
(ie, Am 10 = B 32-34 = Euro 38 ; Am 22 = B 44 = Euro 50

Women's blouses and sweaters:
Brit numbers are 2 more than American; Euro numbers are 28 - 30 more
ie Am 6 (S) = Brit 8 = Euro 34-36

I don't have much experience in patterns other than US, so if there are inaccuracies here, let me know! My source (a littlte general information almanac) doesn't list pants sizing -- maybe the same as suits?

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Juliet said... (11/10/04 12:38 PM) Reply
What I've found is that there are 4 major size "groups" in Europe. UK sizes which are one size greater than US (i.e. US size 10 = UK size 12), German/ Dutch/ Scandinavian where UK size 12 = German size 38, French/ Belgian (& maybe Spanish) where UK size 12 = French size 40 and Italian sizes where UK size 12 = Italian size 44 (I think!). A definitive list would be helpful but many European clothes do not identify their origin unless you know the make. Of course you're still left with manufacturers own variations.
Astrostitcher said... (11/10/04 1:03 AM) Reply
At 5'6" and 120 Lbs I'm a 38 all 'round in French clothes (not always satisfied with the fit but it's a reasonable compromise). American pants size = 6 short for kakis and levis; French 38 ready-to-wear fits ok except for the need to shorten a bit. The last tailored suit jacket I made was from an Elegance "Easy" pattern made in USA by Simplicity for export to spanish & french speaking countries and the US sizes were increased by 26 (US 10 = Euro 36). I made a 10 or euro36 that fit well over a blouse so it seems your system corresponds better than theirs. A Burda skirt pattern made in Germany and exported to Canada has the same equivalents. A recently purchased sweater sized 'M' - roomy to go over another knit - had 15 countrys listed with sizes from 40/42 (including France=42/44) to 44/46 plus 14/16 for UK! 'S' corresponds to 36/38 to 40/42 (France=38/40) & UK 10/12. Good luck!
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