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Measurements



Vintage clothing fits a little differently as people were smaller then and vintage clothing is cut closer to the body than you may be used to. Underarms are cut higher and shoulders and sleeves are more snug. Modern clothing is cut looser to fit a wider variety of body shapes.

Vintage clothing was sometimes altered to fit the individual so there may be seams or darts that could be let out to fit you if your measurements are off by just a bit. We are happy to answer any questions about available seam allowances, darts, and hem allowances before you purchase.

When buying vintage clothing it will help to gauge the size from the measurements as many older vintage items do not have the standard tags we are used to today. This of course means you will need to measure yourself accurately.


How To Measure Yourself:

Measure yourself with a dressmaker’s tape measure. Measure yourself over the undergarments you plan to wear. Do not measure over other clothing.

Bust Measurement - Measure over the fullest part of your bust.

Waist Measurement - Measure around the smallest point of your waist where it naturally curves in.

Shoulder to Waist Measurement: Measure from the top of your shoulder, where a normal shoulder seam would lie, down the front.

Length Measurement: Measure from the top of your shoulder, where a normal shoulder seam would lie, down the front to the point you want the garment to lie. Remember, most hems can be altered to your taste.

How We Measure Our Garments:

The best way to determine if a garment will fit you is to compare the measurements we give to a similar garment from your own closet that fits you well. We measure all garments lying flat.

– Bust is measured across the front from underarm seam to underarm seam.

– Waist is measured from side seam to side seam at the waist seam, or at the smallest part of the waist if there is no waist seam.

– Length is measured from the middle of the shoulder seam to the hem.

– Sleeve length is measured from the top of the armhole seam where it meets the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve cuff.




Finally, Dreaming in Vintage has been created to help fund The Brain Injury Recovery Network in its work with survivors of brain injuries and their families. We truly appreciate your support and thank you for your purchases.

Many of our items have been donated and if you have items you would like to donate please contact us at help@dreaminginvintage.com