This is simply a clothing size reference that should be utilized at your own risk. Women's sizes are divided into various types, depending on height. Companies who publish catalogs may provide the measurements for their sizes, which may vary even among different styles of the same type of garment. Please compare to your favorite fit charts. Their US standard size equivalents are 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22 respectively.
Size guide, toddlers and kids (girls and boys)
This is simply a clothing size reference that should be utilized at your own risk. The standards may have been updated after we posted this page. Again, this clothing sizing information is just for reference only. Don't blame us if your garments do not fit properly Unfortunately, body types and sizes are continuously changing. Good luck with your sewing projects. US standard clothing sizes were developed from statistical data in the 's's. They are similar in principle to the EN European clothing size standard.
However, these sizes are no longer used by U. Women's sizes are divided into various types, depending on the overall height and the relative heights of the bust and waistlines. Catalogs have departed from the US standard sizes since approximately the 's. Men's standard sizes were probably developed first during the American Revolutionary War , and they were in regular use by the American army during the War of for ready-made uniforms Felsenthal These were based on the chest measurement, with other measurements being assumed to be either proportional the circumference of the neck, waist, hips, and thighs or easily altered length of the inseam Felsenthal As this was largely successful in men, the same approach was attempted in the early 20th century for women using the bust as the sole measurement Felsenthal However, this proved unsuccessful because women's bodies have far more variety in shape.
A woman with an hourglass figure and a woman with an apple-shaped figure who have the same bust size will not have the same waist or hip sizes. This was a significant problem for mail-order companies, and several attempts at predictable, standard sizing were made Felsenthal In the s, the statisticians Ruth O'Brien and William Shelton received a Works Progress Administration grant to conduct the most ambitious effort to solve this problem.
Their team measured almost 15, women across the US. After discovering the complex diversity of women's actual sizes, which produced five to seven different body shapes, they proposed a three-part sizing system. Each size would be the combination of a single number, representing an upper body measurement, plus an indicator for height short, regular, and long and an indication for girth slim, regular, and stout. The various combinations of height and girth resulted in nine different sizes for each numerical upper-body measurement, which was highly impractical for manufacturing Felsenthal As a result, O'Brien and Shelton's work was rejected.
In , the National Bureau of Standards invented a new sizing system, based on the hourglass figure and using only the bust size to create an arbitrary standard of sizes ranging from 8 to 38, with an indication for height short, regular, and tall and lower-body girth plus or minus. The resulting commercial standard was not widely popular, and was declared voluntary in and withdrawn entirely in It has not been widely adopted.
Women's sizes are divided into various types, depending on height. These charts give an indication of size only and are by no means exact as they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, sometimes by a full inch up and down.
There are multiple size types, designed to fit somewhat different body shapes. Variations include the height of the person's torso known as back length , whether the bust, waist, and hips are straighter characteristic of teenagers or curvier like many adult women , and whether the bust is higher or lower characteristic of younger and older women, respectively. Please compare to your favorite fit charts. These measurements conflict with many other size charts.
U.S. standard clothing sizes for women were originally developed from statistical data in the s and s. At that time, they were similar in concept to the EN European clothing size standard, although individual manufacturers have always deviated from them, sometimes significantly. The US standard clothing sizes for junior petite are 3jp, 5jp, 7jp, 9jp, 11jp and 13jp. These are best for women 5'1" ( cm) tall with short backs and average size busts. Young junior sizes are 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14 and 15/ US standard clothing sizes were developed from statistical data in the 's's. They are similar in principle to the EN European clothing size standard. However, these sizes are no longer used by U.S. clothing companies.