Lately I have been experimenting with creating my own fashion sewing patterns. This has led me to the idea of selling some of my creations, but one problem arises: so far I have been drafting all the patterns to my own measurements and obviously not every has the same body shape as I. I can’t sell my patterns as is; it severely limits the audience, so what measurements does one need to use?
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) sells documentation detailing the standard body measurements for a number of groups, updated every eight years (note that at the time of writing some documentations was withdrawn and not renewed):
- Infants, Sizes 0- 24
- Boys, Sizes 8-14 (Slim) and 8 – 20 (Regular)
- Girls, Sizes 2 – 20 (Regular & Slim) & Plus
- Children, Sizes 2 to 6x/7 (withdrawn)
- Juniors, Sizes 0 – 19
- Adult Female Misses, Sizes 00-20
- Adult Female Plus Size – Sizes 14W-32W (withdrawn)
- Adult Females Aged 55 and Older (withdrawn)
- Adult Males, Sizes 34-60 (Regular)
If you remember a previous post, Issues of Standardised Pattern Size Charts and Measurements, we went into an in-depth view of how the ASTM might not be the best option for you when it comes to pattern drafting. Essentially this article looks at how the ASTM does not consider a variety of factors such as different body shapes between cultures, specific age groups and so forth.
So why am I going over all this information again? I did mention that I am taking up pattern drafting once again. However I also plan to make a few drafting tutorials that will share my knowledge, and hopefully help you draft your very own clothing too!