SQL Dynamic Pivot – how to order columns

I’m working on a dynamic pivot query on a table that contains:

  • OID – OrderID
  • Size – size of the product
  • BucketNum – the order that the sizes
    should go
  • quantity – how many ordered

The size column contains different sizes depending upon the OID.

So, using the code found here, I put this together:

DECLARE @listCol VARCHAR(2000)
DECLARE @query VARCHAR(4000)

SELECT  @listCol = STUFF(( SELECT distinct  '], [' + [size]
                           FROM     #t
                         FOR
                           XML PATH('')
                         ), 1, 2, '') + ']'


SET @query = 'SELECT * FROM
      (SELECT OID,  [size], [quantity]
            FROM #t 
            ) src
PIVOT (SUM(quantity) FOR Size
IN (' + @listCol + ')) AS pvt'


EXECUTE ( @query )

This works great except that the column headers (the sizes labels) are not in the order based upon the bucketnum column. The are in the order based upon the sizes.

I’ve tried the optional Order By after the pivot, but that is not working.

How do I control the order in which the columns appear?

Thank you

SQL Dynamic Pivot – how to order columns