The answer is “Yes” but not as much as you may think. Below are 3 different size and measurement charts, the first two are vintage and the 3rd is modern.
–Vintage size chart = 1930s Australia’s The Mutual Store
–Vintage size & measurement chart = Purple Kitty, LLC
–Modern size & measurement chart = Crafty Yarn Council
Now let’s take an example chest size of 34 inches (vintage and modern) and compare according to the three different size charts presented. As you see, there’s no significant difference except for shifting of sizes for vanity purposes…at least that’s my interpretation. Maybe the difference was in the height of people during previous generations and not so much in circumference because of vitamins and supplements so readily available now.
Comparison of bust size 34 in 2 vintage and 1 modern size and measurement charts:
Below are three different size and measurement charts to examine. The first two are vintage and the third is modern sizing by Crafty Yarn Council.
Australia’s The Mutual Store, 1930s:
The above clothing chart (in inches) courtesy of http://www.circavintageclothing.com).
According to circavintageclothing.com, the first part of the 20th century Australia used an alpha system offering a much more custom or tailored fit:
–XXSSW = Extra, extra slim small woman.
–XSSW = Extra slim small woman.
–SSW = Slim small woman.
–SW = Small woman.
–W = Woman.
–XW = Extra woman.
–SOS = Small(?) outsized
–OS = Outsized.
–XOS = Extra outsized.
Purple Kitty, LLC’s Vintage measurement & size chart:
Modern Woman Measurements & Sizes by Crafty Yarn Council:
The big takeaway is: create your own size and measurement chart! The above size charts are generalized and standardized to provide a starting point. Craft Yarn Council has clear visuals and instructions on how to measure your body so your creations fit you well…click here.
Craft Yarn Council is a treasure trove of everything yarn, knitting and crochet how-tos, measurement charts for the entire family, how to take your body measurements and much more.
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—Craft Yarn Council https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/