Ease Allowances & Silhouettes

Close fit (tight) Fitted, semi fitted, loose fit, very loose fit...these are terms you'll hear very often in fashion industry.

Each term indicates a general amount of wearing ease and design ease that is built into the pattern. Ease is the amount of "space" in a garment beyond the body measurements; the specific amount of ease will vary from style to style.

All measurements in flowing charts are in centimeters (cm), to convert from centimeters (cm) to inches, click on checkbox, where it says "Convert to inches".

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Bust & Chest Area
Hip Area
Dresses, Blouses, Skirts, Tops, Vests
Skirts, Pants, Shorts
Close Fitting (tight):
not applicable
Traditional Fit (LF):
Very Loose Fitting:

Silhouette Icons
We identify each style with one of four silhouette icons.
These will enable you to identify the way the garment should fit someone with the body measurements.

Silhouettes : Fit Guide

Close Fitting (tight):
(painted) Follows the shape of your fiqure.

Closely follows the shape of your fiqure.
Shows the shape of your figure, but does not hug it.
Traditional Fit (Loose Fitting):
(straight) Skims the body without any shaping.
Very Loose Fitting:
(oversize) This silhouette is roomy and comfortable.
It will not show the body shape.