Size charts are for those who have a ‘fit model’ or an idea of the body type of the person they are sewing for or a mass market to manufacture for. I make clothing by hand for a person, not a size, and we are all unique.
Growing up with three sisters showed me even sharing DNA and body type can mean different sizes, and a struggle of fit for every woman. The easiest way to make sure you'll fit and love my clothes is by just not offering sizes for your lovely self to fit or not fit into.
I began sewing specifically because I couldn’t find things to fit me right, and once I realized how much better tailored pieces made me feel about my body and my wardrobe, I knew I needed to spread the wealth.
So please, send in your measurements. Let me make you something and show you how much it’s worth it.
Our bodies are usually the thing we are frustrated with most when apparel shopping. Nothing seems to fit right, but that is why custom fitting changes the ball game! While this may what you dread most about the clothing experience, let me put you at ease and walk you through this.
While wearing a bra, wrap your tape measure around your back, under your armpits, and across the fullest part of your chest..
Do your best to keep the tape measure parallel to the ground (why a full mirror is handy).
Handy tip: note the numbers on a scrap of paper as you go!
With a naked torso (oooh, scandalous), wrap the tape measure around your natural waist.
Often this is the narrowest part of your torso and sits around 1” above your belly button.
It can also be found by bending sideways elbow to hip — the place where your torso bends is where we want to take our measurement from. Mind the parallel-ness of your tape measure to the ground.
In lovely panties (or full commando, who is to judge), wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your hips. This place varies from woman to woman. It may be around the fullest part of your bottom, but it could easily be around a lower part of your thighs.
Find the widest place with a parallel measure.
Inseams are an incredibly tricky place to measure on your own because it involves you having your hands in two totally different and awkward places at once (hello ankle, hello crotch) while trying not to skew the number by the fact that you are buckled and hunched.
I find the easiest ways to take this measurement is with help from a friend, by a tailor, or by measuring off a pair of pants you own that fit you well.
However, here is my “I will not be beaten by the fact that my arms don’t reach the floor” method for taking your inseam:
Keeping your feet shoulder width apart, drop the starting end of your tape measure towards the ground—it’s helpful to weigh down this end by tapping a pen to it. If you are looking to see where a specific inseam length will fall on you, hold that length/number between your fingers and place it level to the base of your crotch, no more than a centimeter or half inch below it.
If you are looking to find your desired inseam, take the tape measure as before, but without keeping a specific number between your fingers and drop the tape measure to the length you want. Now, pinch the tape measure at or slightly below the bottom edge of your crotch, and note your number.
Occasionally the clothing I sell will have a set measurement provided. This is to let you know what is kept uniform for the product across all sizes, like the inseam of my Culotte Pant.
If for some reason this set measurement doesn’t suit what you want, I will do my best to accommodate a custom change.
Please e-mail before purchase, and we'll discuss the adjustment for a piece all your own.