Design & Fit

Our clothing patterns are designed and drafted for full-busted women, those with a larger than average bust-to-waist ratio. If most shirts that otherwise fit you well pull across your bustline, then it’s likely that you’re full busted. We design coverage for the bust without making the garments larger overall. This provides a figure-flattering fit without pulling across the bustline.

Of course if this is not your body shape you can still use our patterns. You may need to make a small-bust adjustment, or to widen some of the pieces around the midriff to get the fit just right. But really, everyone should make a fitting muslin to identify any needed adjustments when working with a new pattern.

Our patterns use ready-to-wear sizing, and every pattern file includes sizes 00 – 18. Each of those sizes has two pattern options for the bust area. We’ve named these options Regular and Extra Full. We opted not to use cup sizes because we’ve found it to cause confusion. Bra sizing is not standardized, and even if we specifically define the sizes, if letters are used people inherently think in terms of the bra size they wear. So please refer to our sizing charts below to see how the bust options relate to the base sizes. Since different people prefer different amounts of ease in their garments, the instructions included with each pattern will also note key finished garment measurements to help you make a final decision on which size will work best for you.


To find your size you will need the following measurements:

Your Bust Line at Its Fullest Point: Measure wearing your bra only. To achieve the best shirt fit, your bra needs to be supportive and to fit you well. Placing the tape measure at the fullest point of your bust, keep it parallel to the floor all the way around your body.

Your Waist Line at Its Narrowest Point: In a similar fashion, measure your waist at its narrowest point. Ensure that you’re relaxed while taking this measurement to provide sufficient ease across the midriff for a comfortable fit.

Body Measurements in Inches
00 00x 0 0x 2 2x 4 4x 6 6x 8 8x 10 10x 12 12x 14 14x 16 16x 18 18x
Full bust circumference 33.5 35.0 34.5 36.0 35.5 37.0 36.5 38.0 37.5 39.0 38.5 40.0 39.5 41.0 41.0 42.5 42.5 44.0 44.5 46.0 46.5 48.0
Natural waist circumference 25.0 26.0 27.0 28.0 29.0 30.0 31.0 32.5 34.0 36.0 38.0
Full hip circumference 34.0 35.0 36.0 37.0 38.0 39.0 40.0 41.5 43.0 45.0 47.0
Body Measurements in Centimeters
00 00x 0 0x 2 2x 4 4x 6 6x 8 8x 10 10x 12 12x 14 14x 16 16x 18 18x
Full bust circumference 86.4 85.1 88.9 87.6 91.4 90.2 94.0 92.7 96.5 95.3 99.1 97.8 101.6 100.3 104.1 104.1 108.0 108.0 111.8 113.0 116.8 118.1 121.9
Natural waist circumference 63.5 66.0 68.6 71.1 73.7 76.2 78.7 82.6 86.4 91.4 96.5
Full hip circumference 86.4 88.9 91.4 94.0 96.5 99.1 101.6 105.4 109.2 114.3 119.4


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