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In soliciting our business, the overseas factory Pixyworld is currently working with proudly announced that they could grade our patterns for us according to "standard US sizing." Is there such a thing??

Even for women's clothing, I've found significant variation between brands. But in the children's clothing I buy, sizing is all over the map!!

In shopping for my boys (aged 7 and 9) I've found that the smaller brands tend to run on the smaller side. Gap Kids is long in the legs, good in the arm length. Sports brands like Nike and Reebok are right on, in my opinion. TCP is inconsistent in tops, but pretty good in bottoms. Old Navy has huge sizing variations from one pair of jeans to the next!

Are the cheaper brands trusting their pattern grading to overseas factories' "standard US sizing"?

Sorry, but I'd rather do my own grading. Then, even if my customers don't like my sizing, they can at least know what to expect from one collection to the next.
Also posted at Pixyworld Blog.

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Comment by Heather on April 20, 2009 at 10:29am
Sizing grading, marking issue fixer... YES, there's supposedly a US standard, it's in the back of many apparel "how-to" books & guides .. however it does remain varied amongst different designers & labels (& even continued variance due to the factory/ country goods are made.) As I am working on the size, grading etc... for my line launch, I have recently been informed that a "fixer" of sorts to create normalcy for my collection is to use my own, OR follow the grading type used by a similar collection/designer label that I am already familiar with. Good luck, hope that help... for you & me both:)

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