Vintage sizes are often smaller than we’re used to, so you might need to go up a size or two. Many vintage patterns are fully-fashioned for a neat fit so these two steps are essential for a successful vintage make

First check the garment size and piece measurements carefully and do make a tension square

Then check your fit regularly as you make, especially when increasing or decreasing

Vintage facts & figures

Changing silhouettes The waist for a UK size 12 in the fifties was 26 inches, today it’s 30 inches (76cm)

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