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It’s All About Sizing

Here at ZigZag Designs, we like to take the focus off of your body and into the garment. Our designer, Christine Groom, believes everyone deserves to wear great fitting garments and so she chooses to focus on the garment’s measurements rather then your own. Her reasoning is that each individual has a “preferred fit”. Imagine the basic t-shirt, some like to wear them close and form fitting, some a skim, barely-touching-the-skin fit, while others prefer a loose, off-the-body fit.  This difference is called “ease”. “Ease” is the amount of space between you and the garment. The amount of ease preferred in a garment varies from person to person.

The amount of ease designed into our garments is approximately as follows:


Around the bust and waist: +3 “

Around the hips: +3”


Around the bust and waist: +4”

Around the hips:  +4”


Around the bust and waist: +5 – 8”

Around the hips: +4 – 6”

But don’t let our design goals be your rule. On each pattern’s package, the finished garment’s measurements will be listed by size. These measurements are the actual interior dimensions of the garment. The best way to decide what size will work for you is to pull something from your closet that you love to wear because of the fit. Then, measure that garment’s interior dimensions and compare them to the ZigZag garment’s measurement chart.

Another item to consider is the fabric you will be using. If you select a thick, bulky or otherwise firm-handed fabric, you may want to size up for more ease of wear. If you choose to use a lightweight woven, knit or float-y fabric, you may want to use your normal size, or even one size down. A perfect example of this is the Rosita Jacket. Christine wears both the X-Small and the Small. She makes her choice based the fabric and the amount of extra swing she wants in the finished garment.

Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that most independent designers design garments that look best on them, so it’s important to know what the designers look like! For example, Christine’s body is a typical triangle, small around the bust with around an A/B cup, and fuller and curvier through the hips. An example of a triangle body type is shown below. If you were to hold a ruler next to your body, it would lean in toward the armpit from the hips, making a triangle.

We hope you find these tips helpful when choosing what size to make your ZigZag garments!

Happy Sewing!!!

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Hello to my dear customers, friends, family, and new readers! 2018 is going to be an exciting year for ZigZag Designs. As many of you know, it has been a lifelong dream of mine to design fashions and create patterns. In December 2017, my dream became reality when I released my first pattern, the Rosita Jacket, for sale to home sewers.

I have been designing patterns for myself for years, and in the back of my mind I often thought that other home sewers might appreciate my patterns as well. I wondered what it would be like to test the market and put my pattern designs up for sale. So, a few months ago, I opened my Etsy shop and did just that!

It was about two years ago when I decided the Rosita Jacket would be the first of my patterns that I’d like to sell. And, since coming on the market, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, and I am so grateful to each person who has purchased and sewn her! But, what many of you don’t know is how I came to name this beautiful jacket. So, I’d like to tell you Rosita’s unique and special story.

Rosita was an actual person, a vibrant owner of a women’s fashion boutique in Anchorage, Alaska, in fact! Annually, my husband and I travel to Anchorage, and we always made a point to stop inside Rosita’s shop while in town. Her presence always filled the room with such an exciting energy, and her store was abundant with so many unique, wearable items.

Rosita was the ultimate sales woman, and we always left her boutique with a good time had, a heart full of laughter, and a few items to take home. Sadly, Rosita passed away a few years ago. Her son continues to run the shop, but she is greatly missed.

When I designed the Rosita Jacket, I designed it as an improved version of a jacket I had purchased from Rosita in Anchorage before she passed. Each time I describe the Rosita Jacket, I think of her, and as a result I have since come to refer to all of my patterns as “she” or “her”.

My patterns are like a collection of good friends. Some are flirty and some are serious, some are loose and easy-going, and others are sleek and slim, but they are all so stylish!!

If you’d like to see more of the Rosita Jacket, you can do so here. I do hope you give this jacket a try, she is a lot of fun!

There are a lot of exciting things in store for ZigZag Designs this year. Please stay tuned for some Rosita “tips and tricks”, photos, videos and more!

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Welcome to ZigZag Designs

Hi, my name is Christine. Welcome to my blog.

Recently, I started a new business and website that I would like to share with you.  My mother taught me how to sew when I was 8 years old and shared with me her passion for all things home-made and home-grown.  In the mid-1980’s, I studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in San Francisco, where I obtained my degree.  For economic reasons, I took a different career path, in the semiconductor industry, thinking it would be temporary.  It wasn’t!  Throughout my life’s journey I continued to sew for myself and now, at last, I have the good fortune to pursue my dream of designing, pattern making, and being a custom couturier.  I continue to take fashion classes at Canada College, which has been a rewarding experience, as it allows me to keep current with trends in fashion and I enjoy the camaraderie, energy, and creativity of the student environment.

With this blog, I intend to share fashionable ideas and things with you, including projects I am working on, designer and custom techniques and my passion for refashioning.

Please take a moment to learn more about me and my offerings at my new website and feel free to contact me by email with any questions or comments you may have along the way

Thanks for tuning in. I hope you will join me in my new journey.