At Digits & Threads we are thrilled to work with Kim McBrien Evans to publish her timely and important work on garment sizing standards.
Her most recent piece is the second of a two-part series on ease in garment fit.
These articles are aimed primarily at makers to help you understand how sizing information is communicated in patterns and to guide you in making a size choice for your projects.
But Kim’s audience isn’t just makers. She has done a lot of research and writing on body sizing standards with the goal of helping designers create better patterns. Kim’s updated and detailed table of body measurements, which we published earlier this year, is aimed at helping designers decide the size range they wish to address with their patterns and support them in creating those sizes.
We are 100% behind Kim in her efforts to encourage the hand knitting, crochet and sewing industries to be more inclusive in their garment sizing. We made the table free to download for all readers, not just our members, and we’ve been promoting it as much as we can to designers everywhere.
And we’re also using Kim’s standards to establish a size range for our publications, because it’s incredibly important to us that our patterns are accessible to all, no matter your size or shape or gender or body type.
Holli Yeoh’s ungendered Bespoke cardigan pattern led the way for us with this.
And Nicky Jensen’s recent Blue Jay sweater pattern was designed with size and gender inclusivity in mind too.
If you are thinking about submitting a garment pattern to Digits & Threads, don’t be daunted by our sizing requirements. We are experienced editors in the craft space, and I’ve got nearly twenty years experience as a knitwear designer and technical editor. We will help!
Canadian designers, learn more about submitting to Digits & Threads and sign up to receive our calls for submissions here.