Size Chart

Give yourself a quick measure when choosing your size. Please don’t rely on your RTW dress size when choosing your size. Sizing varies so much from shop to shop, let alone country to country – it’s just not a reliable method!

Garment measurements are included in the instructions of each sewing pattern.

Our patterns are drafted for a height of 168cm (5′ 6″). We draft for a B cup, that’s a 5cm (2″) difference between your high bust and full bust (not to be confused with your RTW bra cup size).


The French Dart, The Rochester & The Somerset sewing patterns are now available in our extended size range. Drafted in UK sizes 18-32 and a dressmakers D cup that’s a 10cm (4″) difference between your high bust and full bust.

Size chart. MAVEN 1832 EXTENDED SIZE RANGE SEWING PATTERNS. Plus size sewing pattern chart


Whichever pattern range you choose, I always recommend making a toile. A toile is just a quick mock-up of your pattern in calico or random unloved odd bit of cloth to check you are happy with the fit , the style and familiarise yourself with the instructions before you commit to your lovely fabric of choice. There is no need to neaten the seams, add fastenings or details such as collars or pockets although they can be useful.


1. HIGH BUST – measure across the fullest part of back, under the arms and above the full bust

2. FULL BUST – measure at the fullest part of the bust

3. WAIST – measure at the natural waist (usually where you bend)

4. HIPS – measure at the fullest part of the hips. Maven Patterns locate the hip 20cms below the waist, but yours may be different

5. SHOULDER – from the side neck to shoulder edge

6. BICEP – measure at the fullest part of the top arm

7. SLEEVE LENGTH OVERARM – measure from the end of the shoulder to hem of sleeve with arm bent for long sleeves

8. SNP TO HEM – side neck point to hem; measure from the side of the neck to hem

9. CB LENGTH – measure from the nape of the neck to hem

10. CB LENGTH / UNDER BAND – measure from the waist / under the waistband to the hem