New standard for clothing size

2012-03-06 11:18

The size of clothing is to be standardised, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) announced today.

Many consumers had the experience of buying a new garment in their usual size – only to discover later that it did not fit properly, SABS standards executive Sadvhir Bissoon said in a statement.

“The new SABS standard will ensure that the guidelines contain garment construction specifications – which covers the process of standardising measurement prior to the preparation of clothing patterns.”

The standard was simple and would provide an excellent guideline to manufacturers in the industry.

Bissoon said they weren’t only focused on implementation of the measurement standard, known as the SANS 8559.

He said: “We are also addressing issues such as the economic development of the country, including job-creation and boosting the growth and development of the clothing industry.”

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