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!