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International Clothing Size Conversion

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International Clothing Size Conversion is tricky.    How do you shop for clothes?  By looking for a Small, Medium or Large or do you look for a specific size such as a 10 or 12?

How often do you walk into a boutique or clothing store and when asked by the sales person “what size are you looking for?”, you quickly answer “I usually wear a Medium”.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a range of standard sizes throughout the garment industry – all over the world.  This problem is made even more complex when you look through the dress racks of high end department stores and come across a special deal on an item of clothing manufactured in a different country.

“No way!  I am not a 46!”  Actually, I am.  I’ve aged gracefully into that size.

Please note that some countries label their knitwear differently than their clothes manufactured from woven fabrics.  This is true across Europe where knits can be grouped in a range of sizes.  For example, a sweater labeled as “Small” here in the United States is tagged with the “46-48” label in Europe.

A dress in a U.S. size 6 (Small in any country) is tagged a 10 in the United Kingdom, a 36 in Germany and just to make things even more interesting, it becomes a 38 in other European countries.

I know, why make international clothing size conversion so complicated?

So much for the Euro Zone.  It does not apply to clothing.  European labeling requirements vary from country to country but be sure to visit the OTEXA website where you will find detailed information about clothing sizes and related specific measurements for several different European countries.

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International Clothing Size Conversion:

Guidelines for Australia, Italy, The United Kingdom, France and Japan as compare to U.S. Sizes

XS S M L XL XXL
Bust 80cm 85cm 90cm 95cm 100cm 105cm
Waist 60cm 65cm 70cm 75cm 80cm 85cm
Hips 85cm 90cm 95cm 100cm 105cm 110cm
Australia 6 (0) 8 (1) 10 (2) 12 (3) 14 (4) 16 (5)
Italy 40 42 44 46 48 50
UK 8 10 12 14 16 18
US 2 4 6 8 10 12
France 36 38 40 42 44 46
Japan 7 9 11 13 15 17

 

We recently had a request for conversion information for a garment with a 48 tag.  Depending on the country of origin, the garment could be an XL in Italy, or the equivalent of a 1X in French clothing.  Do not assume the 48 means centimeters or inches.  A 48 can be compared to anything from a U.S. size 20, a ladies size 14 or maybe a 16,  and while we’re at it – even a Medium 38.

Best bet? Do what I do.  Carry a small fabric measuring tape in your purse when you go out shopping for clothes.  Measure across the chest of a sweater or blouse at the underarms, from seam to seam.  Multiply that by 2.  Now give yourself at least 2 inches of added breathing room (I call it wearing ease).  Calculate the total.

Does it fit?   Now, forget what the label says.  You’ve just made your own international clothing size conversion.


Clothing Conversion Tool For International Sizes

RENT Musical Costumes

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RENT Musical Costumes –  Since 2005, we’ve custom knit the sweater and scarf worn by Mark Cohen in the movie version of the Broadway rock musical.

Our sweater and scarf was worn by “Marc Cohen” in the 2013 Buenos Aires CETEM production of RENT® the musical.  All photos in the playbill poster above are the copyrighted property of Jonathan Castellari of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Our sweater is closer to maroon and light blue (rather than the red and blue described in the original script written for the stage) and the scarf is dark navy and white.  Both are knit to come as close as possible to the colors of the sweater and scarf seen in the movie version of the popular musical.

Most of our RENT® inspired sweater and scarf sets are custom knit for the lead character in High School drama and theater productions, as well as community theater productions across the United States from California to New York, Canada, several European countries, and even Down Under!

Customers include:

  • The Biloxi Little Theater
  • The Kokomo Civic Theater,
  • M.I. Productions,
  • The Durham School of the Arts,
  • Santa Monica College Theater Arts Department,
  • The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
  • The Home Town Acting Studio of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Guernsey Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Club
  • The CETEM Production, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • The CAPA program, Churchill High School, Livonia, MI.
  • Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Connecticut
  • The Little Theatre of Jefferson City

RENT musical costumesThe photo at left not only accurately shows the colors we use to knit the RENT® styled sweater but it also demonstrates a key point in the fit of the sweater.

Not only does the sweater design replicate a certain fit, our sweaters are also specifically knit to fit men or women or juniors.  If so requested, they are also custom knit to your personal measurements.

The fact remains that the fit is tied to the figure.  Yes, technically, the ladies can wear a man’s sweater.  We have all borrowed a boyfriend’s sweatshirt, jacket or a favorite oversized sweaster.


If, however, you are looking for authenticity in the fit of the sweater, the more fitted a sweater is the more it needs to be designed to the figure of the person wearing it. Men should order Men’s sizes and the ladies should order the sweater in Misses sizes.

As a general rule, all clothing designed for men will have deeper armholes (in length), longer armlength and a longer total body length.  Men also do not need the extra width at the bustline.

This in turn affect the depth of the armhole “cut” (the sleeve cap). The cut of the armhole is shallow for the men and deeper for the ladies.

None of these details matter when you are weating an oversized sweater where the intent is to have all that extra room as part of the actual design. As an example, the armhole for our Men’s 42 is a little over 9 inches (total of 18 inches). In an “oversized” size 42, the armhole is more than 21 and half inches in total circumference.

Photo © Manuel Mazzaro - CETEM Production of RENT© Buenos Aires Argentina 2013

Photo © Manuel Mazzaro – CETEM Production of RENT© Buenos Aires Argentina 2013

More About RENT Musical Costumes…

The sweater seen in the RENT musical costumes is very fitted.  In fact, so much so that our original customers were not expecting it to “fit like a glove”.  Many considered it too small.  What they did not like was the close fit.

This is when it becomes important to order Misses sizes for the ladies and Men’s sizes for the men.  It is also important to provide us with accurate personal measurements so that we can help potential customers determine the size that comes closes to a perfect fit for this sweater design.

There is a difference in the fit between men’s and women’s sweaters because we drafted the patterns to fit men or women!   We’ve added a bare minum of 1 inch of wearing ease.

Wear a Junior size? Are you petite or tall?  We make the sweaters for Men, Women and Juniors in any standard size – even custom sized.

Have any questions about the way the RENT® sweater would fit you? Use the Contact Form found in our shop.  We’ll be happy to discuss how our sweater design for RENT the musical costumes would fit you personally.


 

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How To Measure A Sweater

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COS School Sweater

COS School Sweater

How to measure a sweater –  Do you have a favorite sweater? You know, one that fits exactly the way you want it to?

All clothes manufactured from woven fabrics, from designer to off the rack at Target, are drafted according to standard body measurements plus wearing ease (added inches so we can get into those clothes) and design ease.

Design ease is entirely the realm of the clothing designer.  They can make the shirts take on a classic look, the fitted look or now, as they offer in jeans, an athletic fit.  All these different looks can be attributed to design ease or extra inches, above and beyond the wearing ease, to give these garments a certain look.

Remember when “oversized” was the look?  The clothes were supposed to look big when worn.  Technically, oversized equals 10 to 12 inches of extra fabric.  

Do you buy a larger size because you like your clothes to be loose?  That’s fine as long as you remember that a large size is not the same thing as “oversized” as part of the design element and that your wearing ease was actually swallowed up by the design ease.  The design element has disappeared because the item visually fits you comfortably.

The same theory applies if you like your clothes to be more “fitted”.   If the article of clothing is not oversized or fitted in relation to you actual body measurements, then all manner of problems can ensure – tight armholes, overall length too short, narrow shoulder width….

The very same problem  applies to knitwear.  In fact, it is amplified to a certain extent because even the simplest of knit fabrics is inherently stretchy.


How To Measure A Sweater

Select a favorite sweater and gather a few materails – a pencil, a fabric measuring tape and a notepad.  Ready to gather some sweater measurements?

All you need in order to get the proper fit in Hobbie’s House knitwear isto  compare a few basic body measurements to sweater measurements (a sweater that fits you well):

  • Bust/chest at the widest part of the underarms,
  • Sweater body length from high shoulder to the bottom edge,
  • Shoulder width from sleeve seam to sleeve seam and
  • Sleeve length from shoulder seam to cuff edge.

Remember that the Hogwarts® styled sweaters are unique in their fit and look but these few measurements will help you choose just the right fit whether you opt for the custom sized sweater or the standard size.

These measurements will determine the size you should order and the amount of customizing, if any, that needs to be done.

They can also help you select the appropriate standard size.

The School Sweater is worn layered over a long sleeve shirt and tie. Take your bust/chest measurement over a shirt similar to the one you will be wearing with your costume.

Consider this new measurement to be your actual bust/chest measurement. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a couple layers of clothing take up extra space and reduce the overall wearing ease.

The Team Sweater is probably worn with nothing more than an undershirt. Undergarments will not affect the fit.

However, due to it’s unique, stretchy knit fabric design, Hobbie’s Sports Team Sweater has a minimum of wearing and design ease built into the finished sweater.

For the Team Sweater, select the sweater size that is closest to your actual bust or chest measurement.

Consider your height and body type when selecting a size. It will help you in determining the correct sweater body length.

Misses and Mens’ set-in sleeve sweaters differ slightly in width across the back shoulder: Misses are narrower while Mens are wider.


Ladies, for a great fit, please order from the Misses sizes so that the shoulder line of your sleeve sits at the shoulder rather than an inch or so down from your shoulder line.

The photo below shows where to place the tape measure to correctly measure the back width of a good fitting sweater – from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.

We are always available to verify sizing prior to ordering so please be sure to contact us to review sizing information – it’s a free service.

how to measure a sweaterWe are not responsible for poor fit and refunds are not applicable if we are not provided with accurate information or, at a minimum, contacted for help in determining which size to order.


In more than a decade of “virtual” custom fitting, we have yet to misjudge the size a customer requires for a great fit.

If you do not see a size that “fits” you, why not contact form found on the FAQ page.

We’ll quickly customize an individual size for you.

Please review our individual and standard sizing charts for Children, Juniors, Petites, Misses and Men. Be sure to contact us for help in how to measure a sweater.


Mark Cohens Sweater and Scarf: It’s Showtime!

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Mark Cohens sweater and scarf  – You aced the audition and now you need to dress the part for a production of the RENT Musical ?

Contact us directly to order Mark Cohen’s RENT sweater and scarf.  Orders are received from a variety of sources.  The monthly production queue fills very quickly and the orders are processed in the sequence received.  Delivery is on a monthly basis without a specific delivery date.

 

Photo © Manuel Mazzaro - CETEM Production of RENT© Buenos Aires Argentina 2013 mark cohens sweater and scarf

Photo © Manuel Mazzaro – CETEM Production of RENT© Buenos Aires Argentina 2013

Need a sweater set for a specific rehearsal or theater production date? Please order as early as possible.  We do not carry any inventory. Contact us to discuss your need-by date.

Mark’s Striped Scarf Comes In Two Sizes!

Mark Cohen’s trademark striped scarf as seen in the RENT® movie musical.

A custom made reproduction of the popular scarf. It’s a perfect match for the sweater.

One size fits all but available in narrow or regular width.

Navy and white. Knit in 100% acrylic. Machine wash and dry – Cold water and low heat.

Intentionally finished to look like a used accessory.

How To Order Marc Cohens Sweater & Scarf:

  • Please contact us prior to ordering the RENT sweater to discuss custom sizing if needed and the current delivery date.
  • Provide us with your shipping address so we can determine accurate shipping charges.
  • Depending on the size, the sweater and scarf combination weighs up to 2.75 pounds.
  • We ship USPS Priority Mail to continental destinations [3 day minimum shipping time frame] and First Class Mail International to worldwide destinations [Malaysia and Australia takes more than 10 days].  International shipments include an undetermined amount of time in Customs Clearance.
  • Shipping to certain South American destinations take even longer, in particular Argentina.

Rush orders (delivery within three weeks) are not available.  Why?

  • Previous orders already exist in the production queue. ALL orders are processed in the sequence received.
  • Our yarns come in dye lots. We do not combine dye lots in a sweater and may need to re-order materials to complete a new order.
  • Knitting and assembly of the sweater and scarf requires a minimum amount of turn around time.

Most sweater and scarf sets are custom knit for the lead character in High School drama and theater productions, as well as community theater productions across the United States from California to New York, Canada, several European countries, and even Down Under!

Past customers include:

  • The Biloxi Little Theater
  • The Kokomo Civic Theater,
  • M.I. Productions,
  • The Durham School of the Arts,
  • Santa Monica College Theater Arts Department,
  • The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
  • The Home Town Acting Studio of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • Guernsey Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Club
  • The CETEM Production, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • The CAPA program, Churchill High School, Livonia, MI.
  • Trumbull High School, Trumbull, Connecticut
  • The Little Theatre of Jefferson City

Please contact us with any questions about Marc Cohens sweater and scarf – a reproduction RENT musical costume.


Toddler Cardigan Knitting Patterns – How To Get The Best Fit

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Toddler Cardigan Knitting Patterns – Does a four year old actually wear a size 4 cardigan? Not likely…

Toddler sweaters and cardigans are quick and just plain fun to knit but these days, kids grow like good weeds! Height and weight will also affect the size your child wears. Don’t forget that the “4” actually comes in two sizes:

  • A Toddler 4
  • The Regular size 4

I love decorative buttons!  Design the entire cardigan, including the color, to match any style from this decorative button collection.  Trucks, trains and aeroplanes for boys – flowers, butterflies and cats for girls.  Attach the buttons with the sweater yarn finishing off with a knot on the top of the button!

None of the fancy button designs mentioned above fall into the “wizard wear” category but a Hogwarts® style cardigan for little students can be made to look a little less severe while still easily identified as being a young wizard student. 🙂

Do I Pick Toddler Cardigan Knitting Patterns Or One Labeled In A Child’s Size?

The toddler size 4 will probably fit a 2-3 year old and your 3-4 year old will most likely fit into a regular size 4 or 5.

Our twin elves wore a size 6-7 at age 4 1/2 because they were tall for their age.

A few years ago, I would knit a size 6 for the twins, adjusting the cardigan body and sleeve length. The past 6 years have done nothing to slow down their growth.

Recent measurements for one of the boys – now 5’8″ – put him in a Man’s Size 36. Yikes!   He enjoys his new status as model for several knitwear designs.

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Cardigans are basically outerwear, designed to be worn layered over other garments such as turtlenecks or long sleeved shirts.

Be sure to compare your child’s actual measurements to those of the standard/average measurements for a 4T and a size 5 AND to the measurements provided with your knitting pattern.

Measurements for the 4T  are:

Full Chest = 23 inches;
Hips = 23.5 inches;
Shoulder width = 10.25 inches;
Arm length = 13 3/4 inches.

These are actual measurements not those of the cardigan.

The cardigan is knit to the following finished measurements:

  • Full chest/hip = 25 1/2 inches;
  • Sleeve length = 13 3/4 inches;
  • Finished cardigan length =  14 3/4 to 15 inches.

Knit it as long as required.  How long do I knit it? Long enough to cover their behind.

Why Pick A Child’s Size 5?

The Child’s 5 measurements are:

Full chest = 24 inches;
Hips = 24 1/2 inches;
Shoulder width = 10 1/2 inches;
Arm length = 15 inches.

These are actual measurements not those of the cardigan.

Knit the cardigan to the following finished measurements:

  • Chest/hip = 26 inches;
  • Sleeve length = 15 inches
  • Finished cardigan length = 15 1/2 to 16 inches.

Sleeve and body length can be adjusted for a perfect fit by adding several rows just before the underarm shaping.

More about Toddler Sweater Masurements!


Toddler Cardigan Knitting Patterns

The Wizard Wear Collection For Children


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