As you probably all know vintage
sizing varies dramatically from modern standards. Marilyn Monroe may have been a
size 12/14 but not as we know it today. She probably would have been an 8/10
using todays systems. Women's body shapes and sizes have changed over the
decades. For this reason vintage sellers including myself tend to avoid all
reference to vintage sizes and give their contemporary equivalent. I am a size
6/8 and measure a vintage size 12 to give you an idea. !!Quite a shock!! We
wouldn't want to cause an epidemic of eating disorders!!
A Simple Way to Measure Vintage
All measurements listed for vintage items are the actual fabric measurements of the garment. All measurements are taken in inches. In order to assure proper fit garment measurements must be slightly larger than your actual body measurements. If you do not know your body measurements, the easiest way to determine if a garment will fit you is to find a similar garment you may already have. Lay the garment on a flat surface. Make sure all buttons, zippers, etc. are fastened. Get your tape measure.
Bust /Chest measurement
Measure from underarm to underarm. Double that measurement to determine the bust/ chest measurement for the garment. For example, if a garment measures 18 inches across, double that number for a bust/ chest measurement of 36 inches.
Measure across at the natural waistline of the garment (approximately 5 inches below the bust line) again, double the measurement.
The hip measurement should be taken
approximately 7 inches below the waistline. Measure across and double. Garments
listed with a hip measurement of "Full" will usually fit most hip sizes
Measure straight across garment from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.
(do not double this measurement).
Measure from crotch of pants down to the hem or cuff. (do not double this measurement)
Pants or skirts, measure from top hem to bottom hem.
Dresses, sweaters, shirts, coats, etc., measure from the highest point of the shoulder, down to the bottom hem. (do not double this measurement).
Measure from armpi to cuff for the inner arm sleeve length
Measure shoulder seam to cuff for the outer arm measurement.
Women's Size Chart*
Women's Size Chart*
|Chest Size (inches)||30"||32"||34"||36"||38"||40"||42"||44"|
|Chest Size (cm)||76cm||81cm||86cm||91cm||97cm||102cm||107cm||112cm|
|Waist Size (inches)||20"||22"||24"||26"||28"||30"||32"||34"|
|Waist Size (cm)||51cm||56cm||61cm||66cm||71cm||76cm||81cm||86cm|
*Your actual torso measurements
Men's Size Chart*
*Your actual chest measurement
Women's Shoe Size Chart
Men's Shoe Size Chart