When it comes to Sportswear/garment manufacturing, understanding pattern sizing is like having the key to unlock your success. In this blog, we'll explore the intricate world of sizing standards, fit vs. size, and how to choose the perfect patterns for your target market. So, let's dive in!
Have you ever shopped on an international website and found yourself puzzled by the differences in sizing standards from one country to another? It's a common challenge that many people face, and it's more complex than you might think. But fear not, when it comes to shopping for your patterns internationally, we've got you covered.
Sizing standards vary across the globe and deciphering them is crucial. For instance, an Australian large is equivalent to a US medium and a European 38. But remember, this isn't just about numbers; it's about ensuring the right fit for your customers.
Fit compared to size, is a whole different ballgame. In broad terms, a European fit leans towards slim, an Australian fit is more regular, while the US tends to offer a loose or oversize fit. However, choosing the right fit depends on your specific demographic and the look you aim to achieve.
Some people try to solve this issue by just sizing up the patterns, but it is essential to consider the consequences of sizing up. People don't uniformly get larger all over. If you simply size up, you might end up with uncomfortably large shoulders and an ill-fitting garment that slips off which is a disaster when playing sport.
As we transition from regular to loose to oversize, the primary change occurs in the waist circumference. So, whether you're crafting sportswear for a group of friends who love post-game beers or a college athletics team, your fit choices should align with your audience's expectations.
Now, let's talk about solutions. How can you make it easier to find the perfect fit and size for your sportswear line? We've broken it down into simple steps:
Step 1: Measure Your Customer
Grab a tape measure and get accurate measurements of your target audience's chest, waist, and hips. This information is your key to determining the right size.
Step 2: Define the Fit
To identify the fit you're aiming for, measure your customer's favorite t-shirt or your most popular garment. Focus on three key measurements: chest, length from high point shoulder, and sleeve length from the center back neck to the sleeve.
Step 3: Utilize Size Charts
Refer to our size charts on our website and choose the column that matches the body size you're measuring. Then, locate the closest measurement for the chest, and you'll find the fit category you're looking for. It's that simple.
Step 4: Determine Length and Sleeve Measurements
Measure from the neckline of the shoulder down to the hem to find the length you need. Also, measure from the center back neck to the shoulder and down the sleeve to determine the sleeve length.
You don't need to stress about body shapes or armhole drops, as an experienced pattern maker understands how to achieve a balanced fit. The only additional measurement you need is the neckline drop, which you can find on the Pattern Room website.
With these steps in mind, you're well on your way to conquering the sizing challenge. Say goodbye to the uncertainty of inconsistent styles and fits, and hello to a streamlined, efficient production process.