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Vintage clothing fits differently than modern clothing, which is cut loosely to fit a wide variety of body shapes. Vintage clothing is cut much closer to the body than you may be used to. For this reason, it is important that you allow enough wearing ease to move comfortably while wearing your garment. Vintage garments should always be worn with care and consideration of their age.


Vintage garments were often tailored to fit an individual woman and evidence of seams and darts being taken in or out is not uncommon. For this reason, it is often possible to have a vintage garment altered to fit you if your measurements are off by just a bit. I am happy to answer any questions about available seam allowances, darts, and hem allowances before you purchase.

Use a dressmaker’s tape measure, which you can get at your local fabric store and measure yourself over the undergarments you plan to wear & not over your clothing. Measurments listed for each garments were taken while laying flat and then doubled. 

A - Bust


Measure your chest around the fullest part of your bust while wearing a bra that fits well.

B - Waist

Measure around the narrowest part of your waistline.

C - Hips

Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

D - Shoulder to Waist

Measure from the top of your shoulder, down the front, following the curve of the bust to your natural waistline. 

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