What size to choose?

You’re excited to embark on your new Made to Sew pattern, but you are lucky enough to fit into both size ranges (size 7 and 8).

How do you decide which size range to make?

What are the differences between the 0-8 and 7-15 pattern ranges?Our pattern ranges are drafted on different blocks, designed to work with the differences that occur between smaller and fuller figured body shapes.

Because the 0-8 and 7-15 patterns are drafted on different blocks, we do not recommend that you work with both pattern ranges at the same time. You need to choose one or the other size range and make adjustments accordingly.


Understand our Pattern Grading
The patterns are graded with a 5cm (2″) grade, meaning that the difference between the Bust, Waist and Hip of EVERY size is + or – 5cm (2″). This grade runs through both size ranges; 0-8 and 7-15.

For the 0-8 sizes we graded the length by 6mm (1/4″), but for the 7-15 we increased the length grade to 9mm (3/8″); 6mm (1/4″) above the waist and 3mm (1/8″) below the waist. Of course the grading and the rules we have used shouldn’t worry you as the maker. All you need to know, is that we have detailed finished garment measurements and the bust, waist and hip marked on all of our patterns. Example: Aria – Finished Garment Measurements 7-15 Imperial.


Cup Size (dressmaking)
Size 0-8: Drafted for a B Cup (this is a difference of 5cm (2″), between the High Bust and full Bust).
Size 7-15: Drafted for a D Cup (this is a difference of 10cm (4″), between the High Bust and full Bust).
Please remember that your dressmaking cup size is NOT neccesarily the same size as the bra you wear. To learn more, watch this YouTube tutorial.Sizes 0-8
B Cup (5cm (2″)) difference between High Bust and full Bust.
– The ratio between the Waist and Low Hip is 25cm (10″).
– Bust, Waist and Low Hip measurements are taken parallel to the floor.


Sizes 7-15
More Ease: Generally there is more ease in this size range. As the ease is proportionate to the size of the body.
D Cup (10cm (4″)) difference between High Bust and full Bust.
– The ratio between the Waist and Low Hip is 25cm (10″).
Waist is NOT parallel to the floor. Usually the waist is higher in the back, and lower in the front. This is marked according on our patterns.
Fuller curve in the abdomen.
– Bicep and thighs are fuller than the 0-8 size range.
The main difference: as bodies grow, they don’t increase proportionality. Which is why it was important for us to draft the larger sizes on a different block; rather than grading up smaller patterns.

If you are a size 7 or 8, take a look at the shape of your body:
– What cup size do you have? Would a B or D cup pattern suit you better?
– Do you have a curvy figure? Remember that sizes 7-15 are designed for more shape in the bicep, abdomen and thighs.
– Is your waist parallel to the floor?
– Consider the width of your shoulder and your cross front and cross back measurements. The Size 7 and 8 in the 7-15 size range have smaller measurements in these areas. Take a look at this detailed size chart showing the approximate height of the bust, width of shoulder etc.

Compare your measurements to our size charts and look at your individual body shape. If you are really unsure you could make Copen 2.0 in both size ranges to see what works best for you?

Any questions? When you buy a Made to Sew pattern you will have access to join me in a FREE Pattern Help live stream. I can help answer any questions you have about the fit and construction of the pattern you are working on.

Thank you for supporting Made to Sew,
Aneka x