Archive for July 10th, 2014

At the moment I have a number of vintage crochet patterns that need grading. No not the kind of A, B, C, grades one gets in school, rather it’s sizing them to fit current measurement standards. So how do I go about grading vintage patterns when, as we all know, no actually true sizing standard exists? Lots of research.

While I am easily familiar with baby and children’s sizes I am not so with women’s sizes. I can look at rows and rows of figures for children and pick out which ones are out of sync by eye. Not so with adult sizes. Having worked so long with small people’s dimensions, the world of adult sizes all look so…big.

I feel like my little seven year old self who, when going clothes shopping with my Nana in the “big” stores, sensed exactly how small I was in the scheme of things. Along with that sense of smallness came the attendant feelings of awe and fear. I remember that when it all became too overwhelming for me, I hid in the middle of circular racks of clothing. My Grandmother would search the various racks until she found the two stick thin legs ending in scuffed and torn sneakers sticking out from the bottom of the rack below the clothes. I always felt a sense of rescue at that point. She had finished shopping and I knew I’d be whisked back to her car, driven away from the store and returned to my smaller world.

Unfortunately, today I don’t have a circular clothing rack to hide in. I have considered my closet, but the amount of things I’d need to “rearrange” to fit myself in there and close the door is daunting. Today there really is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Being an adult is like that.

I have one gem of information to share from my foray into the world of adult sizes: Bust size is not chest size. The bust measurement taken at the fullest part of the bust is just that. To find a woman’s chest size the measurement is taken with tape measure wrapped around the chest under the bust. It is the chest measurement taken from under the breasts that decided bra size. The difference between the bust size and chest size determines the cup size of the bra. A 4″ difference is a D cup, 3″ is a C cup, 2″ is a B cup, and 1″ is an A cup.

Why is the chest size important? Divide the number in half and it’s close to the crossback measurement. So for those women who don’t have someone to measure crossback try measuring the chest and dividing it in half. Subtract an inch or half an inch and viola! crossback measurement.

And now I am going to look for a clothing rack work on sizing these patterns.

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