Take Measurements

To make a garment fit is it obviously important that the body measurements correspond to the size on the pattern, for Viking age clothes just as for modern clothes. In each pattern booklet the basic parts of the information below can be found, but here I have added descriptive pictures and extra tips where they might be needed.
Most of my patterns use the standard measures at the bottom of this page, but some use personal measurements instead to get a larger flexibility.


Personal Measurements

For some patterns personal measurements are needed, instead of cm you can then read the number of the measure. These correspond to the M-numbers below:

  • M1: 2 x the following: from the shoulder, over the breast to the waist, and then straight down to the wanted length.
  • M2: half the breast width plus 3cm
  • M3: from the shoulder joint over a bent elbow down to the wrist
  • M4: from the waist over the hip down to the wanted length
  • M5: around the upper arm plus 5cm
  • M6: around the thickest part of the hand plus 1cm

Standard Measure Tables

Most of the patterns use the following measure tables. In almost all cases the measures correspond to body measures without additions or tightening. An exception is the fitted smokkr which must have a tight fit.

Breast = See M2 on the pictures above
Waist = around the waist where the belt normally is
Hip = the widest measure around the hips

Women’s sizes

Size Breast Waist Hip
Dotted line Small 82cm 64cm 88cm
Dashed line Medium 90cm 71cm 96cm
Whole line Large 98cm 79cm 104cm

Men’s sizes

Size Breast Waist Hip
Dotted line Small 89cm 77cm 93cm
Dashed line Medium 96cm 84cm 100cm
Whole line Large 104cm 92cm 108cm

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