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Sewing Pattern Sizes

    You can find a selection of sewing patterns at Sister Mintaka, produced by a variety of small independent companies.

    If you’re not familiar with sewing patterns, then I’ll give you a quick explanation of what they are. A sewing pattern is like a template which you can use to create your own garment.

    When you buy a sewing pattern in a physical format, generally known as a paper pattern, you’ll receive the pattern for a particular garment. The pattern will often be drafted in a range of sizes, and there will be a size guide which will help you decide which size to create. There will also be an instruction document, which explains how to create the garment.

    In this guide I won’t go into explaining how to use a sewing pattern, but I will briefly explain about sizing, in a way that’s helpful to beginners.

    When you want to use a sewing pattern, you need to decide what size to make. Normally you’ll find a size chart for a sewing pattern, and that will let you know what size the pattern is designed for. You might find that the size chart mentions bust, waist and hip measurements. You’ll need to measure these areas on your body and then compare the measurements to the chart. This will help you decide which size to make.

    This page is here to allow you see which patterns might work for you. Some pattern companies have a very small size range, and others are more inclusive and have a wider size range.

    Size Charts

    The following size charts are based on the paper patterns that we stock at the time of writing this post. March 2021.

    There will be some patterns made by a pattern company, where their size range varies between their own patterns. I will mention which patterns fall into which size group.

    Some pattern companies sell their patterns as pdf files, and those files may have a wider size range. We currently do not stock pdf patterns, but I will mention whether you can find the same pattern in additional sizes, as pdf files, available directly from the designer.

    TRUE BIAS

    Patterns: Calvin Wrap Dress, Rio Ringer T-Shirt*, Shelby Dress and Romper, Yari Jumpsuit, Ogden Cami*, Lander Pant and Short, Roscoe Blouse and Dress*, Hudson Pant

    * Additional sizes are available to purchase from True Bias
    (Additional sizes may go up to Chest 57.5″ / Waist 50.5″ / Hip 59.5″)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3244.5
    Waist (inches)2638.5
    Hip (inches)3446.5

    MEGAN NIELSEN

    Patterns: Briar Sweater and T-shirt*, Eucalypt Dress and Tank Top*, Wattle Skirts*, Virginia Leggings*, Dawn Jeans*, Cottesloe Swimsuits and Bikini*, Darling Ranges Dress*, Sudley Dress and Blouse*, Jarrah Top*, Tania Culottes*

    * Additional sizes are available to purchase from Megan Nielsen
    (Additional sizes may go up to Chest 56″ / Waist 48″ / Hip 58″)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3246
    Waist (inches)2438
    Hip (inches)3448

    Patterns: Axel Skirt*, Matilda Dress

    * Additional sizes are available to purchase from Megan Nielsen
    (Additional sizes may go up to Chest 56″ / Waist 48″ / Hip 58″)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3442
    Waist (inches)2634
    Hip (inches)3644

    CLOSET CORE PATTERNS

    Formally known as Closet Case Patterns. The pattern you receive may have the former name on the pattern.

    Patterns: Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress*, Ginger Jeans, Sienna Maker Jacket*, Pietra Pants*, Jenny Overalls, Cielo Dress and Top*, Blanca Flight Suit*, Carolyn Pajamas, Morgan Jeans, Fiore Skirt*, Fiona Dress, Jasika Blazer, Kelly Anorak, Sasha Trousers, Elodie Wrap Dress*, Charlie Caftan*

    * Additional sizes are available to purchase from Closet Core Patterns
    (Additional sizes may go up to Chest 58″ / Waist 51″ / Hip 61″)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3146
    Waist (inches)2439
    Hip (inches)3348

    FRIDAY PATTERN CO.

    Patterns: Hughes Dress, Arlo Track Jacket, Square Neck Top, Sagebrush Top, Heather Blazer

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3260
    Waist (inches)2453
    Hip (inches)3463

    Patterns: Adrienne Blouse, Wilder Gown, Ilford Jacket, Adrianna Dress, Cambria Duster

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3254
    Waist (inches)2447
    Hip (inches)3457

    BY HAND LONDON

    Patterns: Hannah Dress and Top, Tamzin Dress, Anna Dress

    Size B Cup 6-24FromTo
    Chest (inches)3249
    Waist (inches)2544
    Hip (inches)3554

    Patterns: Hannah Dress and Top, Tamzin Dress, Anna Dress

    Size D Cup 16-34FromTo
    Chest (inches)4061.25
    Waist (inches)3556.25
    Hip (inches)4263.25

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    TILLY AND THE BUTTONS

    Patterns: Bille**, Indigo, Lotta, Jaimie**, Bobbi, Lyra**

    **Additional sizes are available to purchase from Tilly and the Buttons
    (Additional sizes may go up to Chest 60″ / Waist 53″ / Hip 61″)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3048
    Waist (inches)2442
    Hip (inches)3451

    Patterns: Fifi, Eden, Jessa, Agnes, Ness, Stevie*, Seren, Cleo*, Coco*, Francoise, Rosa, Martha, Mila, Bettine

    (*Reprints of this pattern (future stock) will be available in sizes up to Chest 48″ / Waist 42″ / Hip 51″. If you want to check which size is currently in stock, please email hello@sistermintaka.com)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)3044
    Waist (inches)2438
    Hip (inches)3347

    PAPERCUT PATTERNS

    Patterns: Array Top and Dress, Stacker Jacket, Mito Cami and Dress, Kyoto Tee and Sweater, Ravine Dress, Pinnacle Top, Guise Pants, Sierra Jumpsuit, Nexus Blouse, Sequence Blouse, Kobe Top and Dress, Meridian Dress, Aomori Twist Top, Axis Top, Sapporo Coat and Jacket, Palisade Pants

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)29.946.5
    Waist (inches)2238.6
    Hip (inches)32.348.8

    DEER AND DOE

    Patterns: Neige Sweatshirt*, Acajou Pants*, Passiflore Dress*, Sirocco Jumpsuit*, Hoya Blouse*, Narcisse Pants*, Nénuphar Jacket*, Pensee Dress*, Chardon Skirt*, Azara Skirt*, Agave Skirt*, Safran Pants*, Bleuet Dress*, Melilot Shirt*, Myosotis Dress*, Magnolia Dress, Arum Dress*, Luzerne Trench Coat*, Givre Dress*, Opium Coat*

    * Additional sizes are available to purchase from Deer and Doe
    (Additional sizes may go up to Chest 45.5″ / Waist 37.75″ / Hip 48″)

    SizeFromTo
    Chest (inches)31.541
    Waist (inches)23.533
    Hip (inches)33.7543.25

    RÉPUBLIQUE DU CHIFFON

    Patterns: Madeleine Dress, Claude Trousers, Renee Dress, Pierre Shorts

    Size (approximately)FromTo
    Chest (inches)31.541
    Waist (inches)2534.5
    Hip (inches)3443.25

    AFTERNOON PATTERNS

    Patterns: Cali Dress, Amy Skirt, Fern Shorts

    Size (approximately)FromTo
    Chest (inches)3542.5
    Waist (inches)26.534.6
    Hip (inches)37.444.9

    Patterns: Cosmos Bralette

    Size (approximately)FromTo
    Chest (inches)32.644.1

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