Probably one of the first puzzling things about sewing with commercial patterns is the "sizing" issue. While ready-to-wear sizes have grown steadily larger (with smaller size numbers!), patterns have remained consistent for decades. It's important to pick the right size when cutting out your pattern, so that necklines, shoulders, and armholes (which are difficult to alter) as well as the bustline, waistline, and hips (which are easier to alter) reflect a good fit for you.
Luckily, Burda patterns include many sizes in one envelope, so you can order with confidence and compare the sizing once you have the pattern at home, before you start cutting out your fabric!
Here's Burda's sizing chart for your convenience. Happy sewing!
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