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Pamela's Patterns Size Chart

It is important to measure the high bust area snugly (like a skin measurement)  to pick your proper size.  If you measure loosely, your garment will be too big!

Pick Your Size: Take two bust measurements - high bust and full bust. Choose your pattern size by the high bust measurement. You may be picking a size that is smaller than normal, but you'll get a very nice fit through the shoulder and armhole areas.

High Bust - just under the shoulder blades, as high as possible under your arms, above the fullest part in the front.

Full Bust - Straight around the fullest area.

Size XSmall Small Medium Large XLarge
High Bust 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42" 43"-45"

This pattern has two different Front pieces. If there is less than a 3" difference between your high bust and full bust measurement, use the basic Front pattern piece. If there is more than a 3" difference, use the Darted Front pattern piece. If you are "on the fence", try your first T-Shirt using the Darted Front, and the second using the basic Front.

Pick Your Size for the Skirts: Measure three places at your hip area: high hip (fullest part of tummy), full hip and thighs. Use the largest of these three measurements to choose your size. Ease is built into the pattern. If you are on the smaller end of a size range, you will be taking in a bit. Multi-sized patterns are based on the largest measurement in a size range.

Pick Your Size for the Pants: Measure around the Full Hip, under the tummy, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor.

Hip Measurement34"-37"38"-41"42"-45"46"-49"50"-53"

The Difference

I have had the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of women over the years to help them achieve a good fit from commercial patterns. While doing this, I found that many of the pattern adjustments we were doing were consistent for the majority of women. As a result, I decided to design patterns that reflect these common changes, resulting in less changes to the pattern and garment during the construction process.

Commercial patterns go through a computer drafting program that doesn't allow for these common changes to be made. Pamela's Patterns are hand drafted with many prototypes before they go into production.

Pamela's Patterns instructions are written as if you were taking a class with Pamela as your instructor! There are simple to follow instructions and plenty of fitting advice so that you get the best fitting garment possible.

For even more in depth sewing and fitting instruction, view one of her instructional DVD's!

Here are just a few things that make Pamela's Patterns different from commercial patterns:

Commercial PatternsPamela's Patterns
Shoulder seam sits too far back on bodyA forward shoulder adjustment is drafted into the pattern
Shoulder seam extends beyond natural shoulderShoulder seams is narrower to give a more realistic fit, especially in larger sizes
Back neckline is not high enoughA high round back is incorporated into the pattern 
Armholes are too long, creating a fold in the armhole areaThe option to shorten (or petite) the armhole area to bring the armhole higher.
Garment pulls across the bust due to a full bustlineChoose from two fronts - darted and undarted for a smooth finish no matter what your cup size!
Too much fabric in the waist areaBuilt -in "essence of waist"
Too tight though the hips and tummyGenerous ease in the hip and tummy areas
Sizing never seems to be rightMore realistic sizing