Author: Kim McBrien Evans

New Representative Sizing Standards for Garments that Fit

[For all readers] Faced with garment sizing standards that don’t accommodate many body types and proportions, Kim McBrien Evans set out to create a new set of standards, drawing on a variety of sources and her own expertise. Here, she explains the methodology she employed to build a new and more inclusive set of standard body measurements for garment sizing, and her new chart is available for free download.

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Inclusive Sizing Is Not Impossible—We Just Have to Work Together

“Inclusive design” in clothing is a catch-all term that evokes a utopian dream where anyone and everyone has clothing that fits, is affordable, and functions well for their needs and abilities. It is not the world we live in now, where our choices are dictated by a system that has been geared to serve tall, thin, cisgender, and able bodies. But what if there were a way we could achieve inclusive design, at least in the craft industry that generates the patterns we use to make DIY garments? What if we, as makers and as designers, worked in partnership towards that utopian goal?

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