What Size Chart is This Most Similar To?
Honestly, NONE. I’ve spent the last 3 years researching fit and size standardisation in the plus world and *surprise surprise* it’s a hot mess. Originally, I was going to base my sizing off the most popular US plus size retailer (let’s just call them “Morrid”), but when you really examine their chart, it has tragically inconsistent grading and huge dead spots between some top-end sizes.
So, I figured: what the heck. We’re just going to do our own thing, since we’re part of the revolution anyway, right?
The above are BODY MEASUREMENTS, not garment. Please measure yourself before you order – even if you think you know your specs off by heart.
See below for more detailed notes and visual references.
The above are GARMENT MEASUREMENTS, and are approximate based on “tolerance”.
**DID YOU KNOW? When manufacturing garments there is a thing called “tolerance”, which is basically a small threshold within which product measurements may vary. This means that it’s standard practice for an item of clothing to have a slight variation in sizing specs – usually only a couple of centimetres. This is to allow for the gazillions of variables that occur when cutting and sewing apparel by hand. Interesting, huh?!
NOTES ON THE SIZING
Please do NOT size up (unless you want to, of course!). If anything these dresses run a little larger to what people are expecting, especially since us fat babes are so used to having to err on the side of caution and often size up out of habit.
If you are torn between 2 sizes, it’s probably safe to order the smaller size (unless you want a looser fit – see fit notes).
Keep in mind;
1) these are LARGE dresses designed by a LARGE babe, so no need to pre-empt your goodies turning up smaller than stated.
2) the fabric has a small amount of stretch as it’s 97% cotton and 3% spandex.
If you know that you historically have a hard time with a certain fit or area of a garment, please contact me and we can talk it through/I can give you more measurements.
NOTES ON THE FIT
The BUST is the more important measurement, since the waist was designed to look good a little looser or tighter. Make sure you measure with a good bra on around the fullest part of your bosom, and keep the tape measure parallel to the ground.
The WAIST on this dress sits quite high (think vaguely babydoll) so the measurement is above the belly button, but exactly where obviously depends on how full the bust section is on you (ie. less full and the waist will sit lower).
If you’re on the smaller end of a measurement, the dress will be looser fitting. One example of this is Laura in the Riots Not Diet Dress (who is very hourglass with a super small waist). Another is Elyse in the Babysitter’s Sweet Can (who has a belly and butt, but is smaller in the bust than the above chart). See below for visual examples.
If you’re on the smaller end of a measurement and would prefer a closer fit, it could be possible to size down, however you’ll probably need to assess shoulders and arms. As always you’re welcome to contact me for more measurements and guidance.
Jess is 167cm tall and wearing the size 1.
Jess’s bust is a snug fit, while her waist is on the bottom end of the measurement scale, so a slightly more relaxed fit.
Sonia is 163cm tall and wearing the size 2.
Sonia’s bust measurement is smack bang in the middle of the size 2 dimensions, while her waist is a little smaller for a really comfy fit.
Kath is 170cm tall and wearing the size 4.
Kath’s measurements are both perfectly in the middle of the size 4 specs and is a super good example of the fit for a babe with a round belly.