On Garment Sizing and Digits & Threads Submissions

26 October 2022

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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.

Part one can be found here: Demystifying Ease in Garment Patterns, Part 1
Part two can be found here: Demystifying Ease in Garment Patterns, Part 2

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.

About Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley (she/her) is a co-founder, editor and publisher at Digits & Threads and Nine Ten Publications. She has worked in the crafts industry in one way or another since 2002 as a designer, editor, writer, and instructor. She's authored eight books about knitting, from a next-steps guide for newbie knitters to the industry's only guide to professional knitting pattern writing. Kate lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and their rescue dog Winnie.

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Demystifying Ease in Garment Patterns, Part 2

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[For Armchair & Studio Members] “When it comes time to make the garment, looking at finished measurements is the best way to determine the right size to make.” In this second part of a two-part series on ease, learn how to examine body measurements and a garment’s finished size to navigate what size to make in a knitted, crocheted or sewn garment.

Demystifying Ease in Garment Patterns

Demystifying Ease in Garment Patterns

[For Armchair & Studio Members] Learn about the key terms and concepts related to ease in garments so you can better understand how fabrics and garments fit, and navigate sizing notes in the patterns you follow.

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