The Portrait Gallery At Hobbie's House

"How do I compare misses sizes to a junior sizes? I really don't know which I should order or which size would be a better fit."

Get out your measuring tape because there is a difference between each size range. The questions here is how does a Misses size compare to a Junior size.

In an earlier post, we covered the differences between the two size ranges but here are the measurements to determine specifically which Junior size comes closest to an "8" in the Misses size range.

There is one other factor which can throw off all "sizing" and measurements - how generous the manufacturer is in their idea of sizing. The easiest way to put it is this...when it comes to comparing sizes, the more expensive the brand, the more true to size and the more generous the wearing ease.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try on various sweaters of the same size but from different labels and manufacturers? Try it sometimes - you will be amazed.

Let's start by comparing Misses sizes to Junior sizes.

The difference is not just in the finished measurements. You can also tell the difference in the construction and finishing method. The high end garments will be full fashioned (individual garment pieces are made separately then assembled) rather than completed using the cut and sew method.

The big ticket items also provide you with more wearing ease above and beyond the design ease.

Please note that the measurements given below are your actual measurements not the finished measurements of the garment itself.

Also, the style of a garment will affect how it fits - outerwear [jackets, vests, coats and cardigans] has varying amounts of added wearing ease - they are designed to be layered over other garments.

Certain sweater styles have "negative" wearing other words they are literally smaller than your actual body measurements. No vanishing acts in this portrait gallery!

Just the sweaters, the scarves and the wizards who wear them...Hobbie's House wizards from near and far showing off their Cosplay finery.

Send in your photo or photos wearing our wizard wear and we'll add them to our Gallery.

If you would like to add your "portrait" to our Gallery, even if your costume does not include Hobbie's wizard wear, just send in the photo along with details.

This will help other Harry Potter© fans interested in locating wizarding resources to assemble an authentic looking wizard school uniform.

Remember to take plenty of photos!

Photos featured below are courtesy of photographer Matt Black.

To create these incredible wizard sports costumes, these 2 Pennsylvania wizards assembled the components from a variety of sources.

The green/silver and blue/silver Sports Team sweaters were commissioned from Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear.

Portrait Gallery - Team Sports

On the right, the detailed arm pads, knee pads and shin guards made by

On the left, costume pieces include store bought chino pants, soccer style socks, and custom made robes. Goggles were purchased from the Warner Brothers© shop. The late model broom was custom made!

Portrait Gallery - Wizard School Uniform

Resources for Sara's great costume:
  • The Robe is from eBay©;
  • Tie from;
  • Shirt is from KMart©;
  • Skirt is from the Buckhead® Uniforms collection;
  • Wand from WhimsicAlley®;
  • Sweater is Hobbie's "PoA" New Style Sweater with dark blue/silver trim.
Sam wearing a sweater from Old Navy; tie and shirt from Wal-Mart; trouser from Dillards®, and shoes from Pay-Less®. He made the school robe and the wand.

Dylan, in the center, wears his Wizard School sweater.

Van [California] in full wizard uniform!

Robe from *Wizarding School Robes*; Wizard ties from Amazon; Robe patch from The Patch Palace;Sweater by Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear.