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Size charts

We use the European (metric) system of measurement in our pattern design. The sizes of children’s clothes are based on the child’s height (cm). Women’s and men’s clothes are based on the German sizing system. You can study the size charts and instructions for taking measurements by size groups.

MEN European sizes 46–60, height 180 ± 3 cm, regular fit

Size 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60
1. Chest measurement 92 96 100 104 108 112 116 120
2. Hip measurement 94 98 102 106 110 114 118 122
3. Waist measurement 80 84 88 92 96 100 104 108
4. Outside leg length 112 112 112 112 112 112 112 112
5. Shoulder length 14 14,3 14.6 14.9 15.2 15.5 15.8 16.1
6. Arm length 64 64 64 64 65 65 65 65
7. Back waist length 44.4 44.7 45 45.3 45.6 45.9 46.2 46.5
8. Back width 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45
9. Neck circumference 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

Download fill-in size chart (PDF)

Taking measurements

It is hard to take one’s own measurements and therefore assistance is needed. It is advisable to take the measurements in front of a mirror so that you can see the position of the tape measure also at the back. You will need a tape measure, a pen and paper. 

You will also need two firm tapes, one round the waist and the other round the neck. You can make these tapes from a 4 cm wide strip of cotton fabric by folding and pressing it in three lengthwise and by cutting it into required lengths.

Place one tape round the natural waistline, close to the body but not too tight. The natural waistline lies between the navel and the rib cage, usually level with the elbows. Make sure that the tape lies horizontally around the waist and secure it firmly in position with a safety pin. Place the other tape round the neck so that you can easily slide your finger between the tape and the neck. The tape should be positioned at the base of the neck, with its lower edge resting on the shoulders. The firm tapes help you to take accurate measurements for the back waist length and the outside leg length.

The measurements are taken on top of underwear close to the body, yet not too tight. The person to be measured should stand upright with a relaxed posture with the arms hanging free at the sides. The circumference measurements should be taken while the person to be measured is breathing out normally.

The person to be measured stands up with the back and heels against a wall and an assistant marks the height at the top of the person’s head on the wall, using a straight angle (e.g. a book). The person’s height is the distance measured from the floor to the marking.

1. Chest measurement
Measure horizontally around the body with the tape measure running under the arms across the widest part of the chest and across the shoulder blades.

2. Hip measurement
Measure horizontally around the seat at the fullest part of the buttocks.

3. Waist measurement
Measure around the natural waistline without the firm tape. Note that the natural waist measurement is not the same as the waist measurement of the pants. The natural waist is used in pattern drafting.

4. Outside leg length
Measure the distance from the waist to the floor (measure from the lower edge of the firm waist tape).

5. Shoulder length
Measure the distance from the base of the neck to the tip of the shoulder.

6. Arm length
Measure from the tip of the shoulder to the wrist, with the tape measure running over the elbow. Take the measurement with the arm slightly bent.

7. Back waist length
Measure from the base of the neck to the lower edge of the waist tape.

8. Back width
Imagine a vertical line running toward the shoulder from each armpit. Measure the distance between these points, placing the tape measure horizontally across the back with its lower edge the width of your hand below the base of the neck.

9. Neck circumference
Measure around the base of the neck with the lower edge of the tape measure resting on the shoulder. When taking the measurement, place your finger between the tape measure and the neck.

Further measurements

10. Length of a shirt, sweater or jacket
Measure the length down the middle of the back from the top vertebra to the point where the garment’s hemline is supposed to lie. Compare the measurement with the pattern and make the necessary alterations.

11. Wrist circumference
Measure the wrist circumference close to the back of the hand. If you wish that the cuff of a shirt sleeve fits over a wristwatch, take this into account when taking the measurement.

Choosing the correct pattern size

The measurements in the size chart are taken on the body. The patterns include the necessary allowances for wearing ease. 

Choose the pattern size for tops (shirts, sweaters, jackets, vests) according to the chest measurement and the pattern size for pants according to the hip measurement (adjust the waist of the pattern to correspond to the wearer’s waist measurement).

Our patterns have been designed for a man with a height of 177–183 cm. If the wearer is considerably shorter or taller, make the necessary alterations to the patterns before cutting the garment pieces out. Points to be checked are the center-back length of a shirt, sweater or jacket as well as the sleeve and leg length.