I have used European standard sizing when making clothes for my boys because the patterns I mostly used for them were European, and when I started drafting my own patterns I used body measurements from an English book. I recently obtained a copy of the Australian Standard size coding scheme for infants and childrens clothing (AS1182 – 1997) and realised that there are substantial differences between the Australian Standard and the European size measurements. This certainly wasn’t a problem when making clothes for my own kids, but I saw it as a problem for selling clothes.
Because I wanted to use Australian standard sizing, I first adjusted all my jumpsuit patterns to correspond to the Australian Standard measurements for infants which was pretty easy since the body measurements were similar. I hit problems, however, with variability of body size when I started making clothes for those who weren’t babies. I have two children with vastly different body shapes. The Australian Standard body measurements seem to be generous (compared to the European measurements) for each specified height. My elder boy, who is 4.5 years old, tends to be a little more solid than his peers and his body measurements match the Australian Standard size 4 measurements almost exactly. I drafted a size 4 t-shirt using those measurements and it fit him nicely. On the other hand, my younger son is quite slim and the size 2 t-shirt I made him from the Australian Standard measurements fit him like a sack. Even using the European body measurements for his height resulted in a fairly baggy garment.
Consequently, I’m thinking that if I wish to stick with the size coding as specified by the Australian Standard, then I will also need to make a ‘slim fit’ t-shirt for those who are a little on the skinnier side. So, below are some photos of my first ‘slim fit’ t-shirt in size 2, being modelled by my younger son at 2 years and 9 months of age, 91 cm tall and a chest girth of 50 cm (the Australian Standard size 2 is made to fit a child 92 cm tall with a 56 cm chest).