Half Sizes – Women’s and Misses
The differences between the half size and regular size figure is mainly in the height, the half size figure measuring 5 feet 4” or less, and the regular size, 5 feet 6” to 8”.
There is also a difference in the measurements around bust, waist and hip, the half size figure measuring about 2” to “ more than the regular size: that is, comparing size 14-1/2 with 1-4; 16-1/2 with 16, etc.
Garments designed especially for shorter women [trade term is half sizes] are made about 3” to 4” shorter than the garments for the regular sizes; that is, about 1” shorter in the waist and sleeve; 2” to 3” shorter in the skirt length. Not all styles that are designed for the regular size figures are suitable for shorter women; therefore the half size garment must be appropriate in design as well as perfectly proportioned for the shorter figure.
The body measurements listed below have been compiled in accordance with those used in the ready-to-wear trade.
The measurements on page 10 & 11 for half sizes include the necessary ease allowance around bust and waistline for the bodice pattern, and around arm and elbow for the sleeve pattern.