I just finished proofreading the upcoming MDK Field Guide.
(It is quite beautiful.)
(It’ll arrive in a few weeks.)
In our Field Guides, we show measurements in both imperial and metric numbers. Two systems of measurement. You know: inches and centimeters.
As I eyeballed the patterns, I came to realize that it was taking me a really long time to get through the imperial measurements, and not much time to proof the metric measurements. Here’s an example:
Bust: 35½ (38½, 42½, 45) (48, 51¾,
55¼) (57½, 60½, 64¼)” [90 (98, 108,
114.5) (122, 131.5, 140.5) (146, 153.5, 163)
Length: 21¾ (22¼, 23, 23½) (24, 24¾,
25¼) (25¾, 26¼, 26½)” [55 (56.5, 58.5,
59.5) (61, 63, 64) (65.5, 66.5, 67.5) cm]
See all those fractions in the imperial measurements? See how much cleaner the metric measurements are?
Don’t worry—we’re not going to ditch imperial measurements in our Field Guides. But the simplicity of metric is striking when you see a string of measurements in these two systems right up next to each other.
In the MDK Shop
A Map to Consider
Americans are among the last in the world to use imperial measurements as their official system of measurement.
Here’s a map.
There are three and a half: the United States, Liberia, Myanmar, and (sort of) the United Kingdom. Here’s a good piece, “Why Isn’t the U.S. on the Metric System?”
A Bold New Day
I’ve used imperial measurements all my life, but now I’m thinking I may go metric.
It would be an interesting experiment to see how it feels to work a pattern using the metric measurements rather than imperial.
It’s sort of like learning to knit continental, or brioche, or Tunisian crochet. It’s such an entrenched habit, my use of inches, but I think I can get the hang of it.
Anybody else game to give metric a try? Our tape measures show both imperial and metric. Surely we can crack this one. First investigation: what’s my bust size in centimeters? It all starts there.