The ladies’ sewing patterns by I AM are drafted for a 5’5” person and a B cup.
The men’s sewing patterns are drafted for a 5’9″
How to measure yourself
Measure yourself in your underwear, standing straight and legs slightly apart.
For accuracy, if you are taking your own measurements, place yourself in front of a full-length mirror. Note that it’s easier, if someone takes your measurements for you.
When measuring, make sure the tape measure is parallel to the ground.
Waist: Place the tape measure around the narrowest part of your torso.
Bust: Place the tape measure around the fullest part of your bust.
Hips: Place the tape measure around the fullest point of your hips/bottom.
Choose your size accordingly
Choose your size according to the measurement chart. Choose the size corresponding to the widest measurement. For example: if your waist and hip measurements are a size 38, and your bust a size 40, then choose the size 40.
Trace and cut your sewing pattern following the outside lines of the desired size. For ease of use, the seam allowances are included in the pattern. On top of being more precise, it saves you precious time.
If you fall between two sizes
Each body is unique and often you’ll find you fall in different sizes between your bust and your waist or your waist and your hips. In this case, it is better to choose the larger size. For example: if your waist and hip measurements are a size 38, and your bust a size 40, then choose the size 40. You can also decide to connect the different sizes together but if you do so, we recommend you make a muslin before to make sure the new drafted pattern fits.
The importance of making a muslin
Sewing a muslin is strongly advised as it allows you to check the pattern to your own measurements before cutting it in the fabric of your choice. It is a “draft” for which we recommend to use a muslin that is the same thickness as your fabric.