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 . . .