The patterns are designed on the basis of the following standard height groups:
Women: 168-176 cm
Men: 181–185 cm
Check the length measurements against your own measurements, so that the pattern can be lengthened or shortened accordingly.
The sleeve length is particularly important for designs with cuffs, coatings or zips at the wrist. If in doubt about the length, try the sleeve in fleece. If it does not fit, adjust the length mid-sleeve.
The jacket/shirt length can be vital to the overall look of the design. Determine the length that fits best and adjust the pattern by lengthening/shortening it at the waist. If you adjust the length of the jacket/shirt, it will normally be necessary to adjust the position of the pockets.
The dress length is adjusted at the hem or at the waist, depending on the length of the upper body.
Check against your own measurements. The length is measured from the crotch down (see figure 2). If the length is wrong, it should be adjusted in line 2.
Also check the seat rise (crotch depth) and adjust if necessary in line 1.
The skirt length is measured as shown in figure 2. Find the length that is most flattering, then adjust the length at the hem of the skirt, or in line 3, depending on the design.
Chest measurement and hip measurement
Chest and hip measurements are the most important measurements. The chest is measured at the widest point, with the arms hanging loosely at the side.
The hips are measured at the widest point, roughly 20 to 25 cm from the waist. To find the widest point, loosely run the tape measure up and down across the hip.
If you are a size 48 at the chest and a size 52 at the hip, the jacket or dress will fit best if you choose a size 48 and add extra width to the hip on the pattern. For jackets, this is added in the back and side seams, and for dresses, a little is added in all the seams.