Vintage clothing fits differently than modern clothing, which is cut loosely to fit a wide variety of body shapes. For this reason, it is important that you allow enough wearing ease to move comfortably while wearing your vintage garment. Vintage garments were often tailored to fit an individual woman and evidence of seams and darts being taken in or out is not uncommon; so it is often possible to have a vintage garment altered to fit you if your measurements are off by just a bit. We are happy to answer any questions about available seam allowances, darts, and hem allowances. We do not allow returns due to poor fit, please ask any questions you have before purchase.
HOW TO MEASURE
Use a dressmaker’s tape measure, which you can get at your local fabric store. Measure yourself over the undergarments you plan to wear & not over your clothing.
BUST: measure over the fullest part of your bust while wearing a bra
WAIST: measure around the smallest point of your waist where it naturally curves in
HIP: measure around the fullest part of your hips, usually about 9" below your waist
SHOULDER TO WAIST: Measure from the top of your shoulder, where a normal shoulder seam would lie, down the front, following the curve of your bust
SHOULDER: Measure across your back from where you would want seams to lie at the top of each
LENGTH: measure from the top of your shoulder to the point you want the garment to end
With vintage clothing, tagged size is usually not indicative of the true size of the garment. We use the following scale based on waist and bust to give you a general idea of the fit of the garment in MODERN TERMS. Please chat us with any sizing / fit questions before purchase, we're happy to help!
WAIST SIZE -
Extra Small: 20” to 24”
Small: 25" to 27”
Medium: 28" to 31"
Large: 32" to 36"
Extra Large: 37” to 40”
2X Large: 41” to 44”
3X Large: 45” to 48”
BUST SIZE -
Extra Small: 31” and under
Small: 32” to 34"
Medium: 36” to 38”
Large: 39” to 41”
Extra Large: 42” to 46”
2X Large: 47” to 50”
3X Large: 51” and up