Episode 15:

Understanding Sizing, Grading and Everything in-between

Caroline and Kathryn pull back to curtain and expose the very grey area of sizing and grading within the fashion industry.
We chat about how it fits into the development garment life cycle, to how grading works and even our own personal experiences.
We are also joined by Maggie Stott who is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to grading and pattern cutting. With nearly 50 years of experience in the fashion world, she’s a real expert!

Victoria’s lovely review

Everything every new fashionista needs to know!

“Absolutely brilliant podcast! Full of handy hints, tips and tricks of the trade for anyone and everyone thinking about going into the world of fashion either for work, or for fun. Real life people talking about real life journeys into and around the world of fashion. For all ages, for all interests. A great way to get your stiletto in the door of some brilliant advice. A ‘must’ for young aspiring designers, pattern cutters and anyone interested in the world of fashion.”

Thank you so much Victoria!

This week we are extremely lucky to have the wonderful Maggie Stott join us to answer all our questions about grading and help us all to understand the finer details involved in sizing.
Thank you so much for joining us Maggie!

During her long career in the pattern cutting industry Maggie Stott has worked in couture, for designer labels and high street brands. She has also been a Lecturer at the London College of Fashion, Ravensbourne and  the University of East London.

Over the last 15 years she has worked to combine traditional cutting methods with modern CAD software, in particular Lectra’s Modaris, and has been teaching both students and industry veterans the many benefits that this new technology brings.

She is the author of a series of workbooks that bring together the skills, tips and tricks she has learnt along the way in an easy-to-follow format that is ideal for both beginners and those already familiar with CAD software.


Some Notes from us…

If you want to find the Carolines grading class you can find it on skillshare and her website.

An example of a size chart for a bodice and trouser (garment measurements)

As you know we both fly the flag for manual and digital pattern cutting, here are some quick snaps of how the two look side by side.


Is there a topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you! Contact Kathryn and Caroline directly with any comments / feedback on fashionhalfcut@gmail.com. Alternatively you can reach out on instagram @fashionhalfcut.

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