Sweater Fit Questions & Answers: All About Sizing

23 November 2022

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The following questions were sent in by Elizabeth M.

Q: Do you have any tips for adjusting garment patterns for different body types? Going up a size doesn’t result in great garments for curvy women.

A: Never go up a size!

Choosing a size in a sweater pattern can feel like a minefield. We’re conditioned to believe that if we follow conventional sizing instructions (choosing a size based on your full chest size + the ease recommended by the designer), then the rest of the pattern will fit our bodies well.

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Continuing Kim McBrien Evans’s series on garment size and fit, this instalment tackles reader questions.

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But the chances of your body being the exact same proportions as a standard sizing chart are extremely slim. Because all bodies are unique, and—especially in larger sizes—the circumference of your chest, waist, and hips can fall into completely different sizes, it’s unreasonable to assume that if we choose a size based solely on our full chest/bust circumference, that the rest of the pattern in that size will fit us as well.
Going up a size will never resolve all your fit issues; it will only create more. Looking at building a hybrid of at least two sizes will give you a better overall fit.

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About Kim McBrien Evans

Curiosity and exploration are the name of the game for Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and complimenting a wide range of bodies. This design work has lead her to explore how home sewers and knitters can create clothing that fits, while showing professional designers the beauty of inclusive design. Her yarn company, indigodragonfly, is renowned for its vibrant colours, offbeat names, and ever expanding plan for world domination. Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Knit.Wear, Knitting Magazine (UK), A Stash of One’s Own (ed. Clara Parkes), The Sewcialists and Uppercase. She is co-author of Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter.

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