So, we are dealing with vintage clothing and while sizes are pretty much standardised there are difference from brand to brand, here is our interpretation. To get a garment to fit perfectly we would suggest you measure an item of clothing you already own that fits how you want the new garment to fit. 

Width / Shoulder width : From the top of the sleeve to the same point on the other side across the shoulders.

Chest / Bust: From pit to pit then doubled e.g 21" becomes 42"

Outer sleeve : From shoulder to cuff

Inner Sleeve : From pit to cuff

Body length : From base of the collar to hem

Leg length : From the base of the crotch to the leg opening

Dress / Skirt length : From the waist to the hem

Playsuit legth : From the base of the collar to the leg opening

Waist : Measured flat then doubled to get a waist size e.g 14" becomes 28"

Hips : Measured at the fullest part beneath the waist

Size Conversions

Womens size conversions

UK 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
Europe 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48
US 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Australia 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20

 

Mens size conversions

 UK/US XS S M L XL
Europe 34 36 38 40 42