Deciphering the fine print: ease allowances

Both Burda and Vogue publish a guide to the inch equivalents of the terms they use on the back of their pattern envelopes to describe ease. They're so similar that we've combined them into the following chart:

All measurements in inches.

  Close-
fitting
Fitted Semi-
fitted
Loose-
fitting
Very loose-
fitting
Blouses, dresses, tops, vests 0 to 3 3 to 4 4 to 5 5 to 8 over 8
Jackets na 3-3/4 to 
4-3/8
4-3/8 to 
5-3/4
5-7/8 to 10 over 10
Coats na 5-1/4 to 
6-3/4
6-3/4 to 8 8 to 12 over 12
Skirts, pants, shorts 0 to 2 2 to 3 3 to 4 4 to 6 over 6