Size guide

When you make a Valentine & Stitch pattern, do check the sizing guides (printed in every pattern booklet, and collated for reference below) before you cut into your fabric. Our measurements are based on the British standard; this is also the European standard (EN 13402-3:2013 to be precise!), and here are a few other pointers:

If your measurements put you between sizes (for example, your top half is one size and your bottom half is another), you may wish to grade between those sizes on the PDF pattern printout before you cut.

For some patterns, some measurements will be more important than others. For example, the Lotus top is fitted at the bust and then flared, so the most important measurement will be the bust measurement. The Loulou shorties sit just below the belly button, so the most important measurement will be the waist measurement.

The women’s block is not based on an average height, but rather assumes an average height between 5’3″ and 5’7″. The measurements we use to draft patterns are far more numerous than chest-waist-hips (22 different measurements in total), all following the standard mentioned above. Since all our patterns are for use with knit/ jersey fabrics, the cup size should not be an issue unless you systematically have to carry out a full bust adjustment – just check your bust measurement against the size chart. The smaller sizes overlap more, so there is less of a difference between XXS, XS and S than there is between M, L and XL.

For the children’s block, the height given for each age group is the height in the middle of that age range. So your child may be a little smaller or a little taller than the given height – go for the one that is closest to your child’s height.

Table of measurements: women (inches)

  XXS (UK 4-6; US 0-2) XS (UK 6-8; US 2-4) S (UK 8-10; US 4-6) M (UK 12-14; US 8-10) L (UK 16-18; US 12-14)  XL (UK 20-22; US 16-18)
Bust 29½-30½ 31- 32 32-34 35-37 38-40 41½-43½
Waist 23-24 24½-25½ 26-28 29-31 32-34 35-37
Hips 32½-33½ 34-35 35-37 38½-40½ 41½-43½ 44½-46½

Table of measurements: women (cm)

  XXS (32-34) XS (34-36) S (36-38) M (40-42) L (44-46)  XL (48-50)
Bust 76 80 84 92 100 108
Waist 60 64 68 76 84 92
Hips 84 88 92 100 108 116

Our base measurements are in metric, but we have converted them to inches for you too, rounded to the closest quarter of an inch.

Table of measurements: girls age 2-10

  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Height 92cm 98cm 104cm 110cm 116cm 122cm 128cm 134cm 140cm
Chest 54cm 55cm 57cm 59cm 61cm 63cm 66cm 69cm 72cm
Waist 51cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm 61cm 62cm 63cm
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Height 36¼” 38½” 41″ 43¼” 45¾” 48″ 50½” 52¾” 55″
Chest 21¼” 21¾” 22½” 23¼” 24″ 24¾” 26″ 27¼” 28¼”
Waist 20″ 20½” 21¼” 22″ 22¾” 23½” 24″ 24½” 24¾”

Table of measurements: girls age 11-14

  11 12 13 14
Height 146cm 152cm 158cm 164cm
Chest 75cm 78cm 81cm 84cm
Waist 64cm 65cm 66cm 67cm
11 12 13 14
Height 57½” 59¾” 62¼” 64½”
Chest 29½” 30¾” 32″ 33″
Waist 25¼” 25½” 26″ 26½”