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Measurements for Designers: Women's Sizes

I realized this morning that my favorite part of crocheting is the designing aspect. It's so much fun to conceptualize an idea and then see it come to fruition. And what better way to get exactly the thing you want than to design it yourself?



I'm not gonna lie, designing is a lot of work, but the really hard part is making the design available to all sizes. The Craft Yarn Council has been incredibly helpful in this respect, as they have many of the standard measurements needed to create women's garments in sizes XS to 5X. This is a great resource for those looking to design simple things like sweaters and cardigans, but here at Crochet Kitten we tend to dabble in less ordinary designs, and we find ourselves wondering, "How many inches is it from the rib cage to the top of the boob?" We have spent days researching questions such as these.

I wanted to compile all of our findings in one handy place that fellow crochet designers could reference. I will add to it as needed.

Keep in mind these measurements are only intended to serve as a guideline for designers wishing to offer standard sizes. In reality, one should not expect any woman to perfectly fall within all the measurements of any given size. If you are making a garment for a specific special lady, we recommend taking her actual measurements for best results.

Women's Measurements in Inches

HORIZONTAL
Measurement XS S M L 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X
Bust 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54 56-58 60-62
Breast Width
(per breast)
7 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11 11.5 11.5 11.5
Bra Cup Size
(per breast)
AA A B C D DD DDD DDD DDD
Underbust 26 29 32 35 38 41 44 48 52
Cross Back
(shoulder to shoulder)
14-14.5 14.5-15 16-16.5 17-17.5 17.5 18 18 18.5 18.5
Waist 23-24 25-26.5 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-45 46-47 49-50
Hips 33-34 35-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-53 54-55 56-57 61-62
Upper Arm 9.75 10.25 11 12 13.5 15.5 17 18.5 19.5
Wrist 5.75 6.25 6.5 7 7.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5

VERTICAL
Measurement XS S M L 1X 2X 3X 4X 5X
Back Waist
(neck to waist)
16.5 17 17.25 17.5 17.75 18 18 18.5 18.5
Breast Height
(rib to top of chest)
7 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11 11.5 11.5 11.5
Bust Dart Height
(rib to mid-bust)
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 6
Armhole Depth 6-6.5 6.5-7 7-7.5 7.5-8 8-8.5 8.5-9 9-9.5 9.5-10 10-10.5
Hip Length
(waist to hip)
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Tunic Length
(waist to mid-thigh)
11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Sleeve Length
(wrist to underarm)
16.5 17 17 17.5 17.5 18 18 18.5 18.5
Total Sleeve
(wrist to shoulder)
23 24 24.5 25.5 26 27 27.5 28.5 29

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