Garments in the Essential Elements Collection of knit apparel are individually cut and constructed.
Garments in the collection are ordered by Fit Number (1-7) rather than by size, and the basic dress in the collection is the core garment used to determine which Fit Number a customer wears. The guide below shows you how to find your fit in our basic dress. Once you determine your best fit in our dresses, you can comfortably order other garments in the collection.
Unless it is a one-size-fit-all garment, the coats, jackets and popovers are designed to fit comfortably over the dresses, and the tops and skirts carry the same fit as the dresses. Additionally, because they are made-to-order, you have choices with several of the style features in many of the garments. You get to select necklines, sleeve designs and lengths, and get to choose whether or not you want pockets.
Below you will find directions on how to find your fit, as well as your style and color options. You can also download the guide (PDF) so you can keep it handy while you are going through the process of placing an order.
Only you know how you want your garments to fit. The first step is recognizing if you prefer your knit garments hug the body, skim your body or fit loosely over your body. However, once you know that, you can use your body measurements to determine your Fit Number and the best Silhouette for your body type.
Take your body measurements at the bust, waist and hip. We also recommend taking them at the tummy because that measurement may actually be larger than the hip. Once you have your actual measurements in hand, use the Garment Measurement Chart below to determine the FIT number and silhouette to order.
We offer two silhouettes in our basic dress, a contoured silhouette that will allow a closer fit in the waist for those whose waistlines are proportionally smaller than their bust and hips; and a straight cut silhouette for those whose waistline measurements are more in line with their bust and hip. The straight silhouette is also better suited for those who simply prefer more room in the waistline.
The chart above gives the actual measurements of the finished garment for both the contoured and straight silhouettes. The actual garment measurements are shown in BLUE. The numbers in YELLOW show the measurement of the garment stretched comfortably (approximately 2"). The numbers in RED show the maximum stretch of the garment in that area (approximately 4").
The Fit Number you select will be based on how you want your garment to fit. Because the garments are knits, they will stretch over the body. The dress will stretch approximately 4" beyond the actual measurement of the garment.
As an example, if your body measures Bust 40 -Waist 35 - Hips 47, you can order the Fit Number 4 with the Contoured Silhouette. With this fit, you can expect a comfortable stretch over the bust, the waist to be a little looser and the hips to be a little tighter.
We recommend not ordering a Fit Number with a tight fit in the bust as this will cause the dress to look tight across the bust. It is always best to order the Fit Number as close to your actual bust size as possible.
For help in determining your Fit Number and Silhouette, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, your measurements, and front and side full body shots of yourself (nothing professional - just have someone take it with a phone). It will help us determine your best fit.
Because garments in the Essential Elements Collection are made-to-order, you have choices with several of the style features in many of the garments. You get to select necklines, sleeve designs and lengths, and get to choose whether or not you want pockets in the coats and jackets.
Colors available are on the chart above. When you go to place your order, you must write in the name of the color you've selected. We introduce new colors periodically and this is the page where you will find them.