Originally Posted by slugmom
...I have a question about sizes....
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You are already looking ahead and asking pertinent questions BEFORE launching!
"Finished size" or "finished bust measurements" is exactly as stated.
EG: the size 47" is 47" around at the bust.
And most patterns state the FINISHED (all seamed up) sizes.
Yes, to get the right fit, measure your bustline at the largest part and add at least 2-6" to that. This will allow for 'ease' as it's called.
STANDARD BODY MEASUREMENTS & SIZING
. This link has a "table" that gives suggestions for tight fit, close fit, standard fit, and loose fit.
It is your preference. I like to add at least 4" for a coat.