Monday, April 20, 2009

Standard US Sizing???

In soliciting our business, the overseas factory Pixyworld is currently working with proudly announced that they could grade our patterns for us according to "standard US sizing." Is there such a thing??

Even for women's clothing, I've found significant variation between brands. But in the children's clothing I buy, sizing is all over the map!!

In shopping for my boys (aged 7 and 9) I've found that the smaller brands tend to run on the smaller side. Gap Kids is long in the legs, good in the arm length. Sports brands like Nike and Reebok are right on, in my opinion. TCP is inconsistent in tops, but pretty good in bottoms. Old Navy has huge sizing variations from one pair of jeans to the next!

Are the cheaper brands trusting their pattern grading to overseas factories' "standard US sizing"?

Sorry, but I'd rather do my own grading. Then, even if my customers don't like my sizing, they can at least know what to expect from one collection to the next.
Also posted at Pixyworld Blog.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Melody, I couldn't agree more. I know that the ASTM has recently developed new children's clothing size standards (boys are still under development), but I don't actually know who uses them. As you say, finding consistency across and within brands is next to impossible.
    Thanks for the post.
    Stormy, SizeTracker Blog