The Shift Dress + Top is meant to have a very loose fit, especially in the body, and slightly less so in the arms. It's a style designed for comfort and ease. Often people say that Wiksten women's patterns run big, based on their experience with the Haori. That's because we like an oversized look. If that's not your thing, you may want to size down from what's recommended on the pattern. If you choose to do so, make sure the bicep won't end up too tight. We recommend choosing your size mainly based on the bust and bicep measurements.
If you look at the body measurements and the finished garment measurements, you'll notice there's a lot of ease. Look through your wardrobe for a similar garment that fits you the way you want and measure and compare to the Shift's finished garment measurements. We only list the circumference at the hip, but it's the same for the bust and waist.
Most people's measurements don't fit neatly into categories on a size chart. It doesn't matter so much with this style since it's basically shaped like a box. We've included a waist tie option for those that want to give it more shape. I've tried on a few different sizes, and I can fit into and be comfortable in 4 different sizes in this pattern just fine. However my favorite fit is the one that stays true to the size chart.
Below you'll see photos of some of our testers wearing different variations of the style in different sizes with measurements listed so that you can get a general idea of how the Shift looks on different body types. I love how it looks on everyone we tried it on! We worked for a really long time on getting the grading and fit right for all of the sizes. In fact the size 20 fit model tried on about 5 different samples until we got the proportions just right.
Bust: 31 1/2"
Hip: 37 1/2"
Bust: 33 1/2"
Hip: 34 1/2"
Bicep: 9 3/4"
Bicep: 12 1/2"
Hip: 47 1/2"
Bust: 47 1/2"
*Adjustments: square shoulder/full bicep adjustment (tutorial coming soon) to add 1" to sleeve circumference
Hip: 48 1/2"
*Adjustments: square shoulder/full bicep adjustment (tutorial coming soon) and forward shoulder adjustment (tutorial coming soon)
We hope that seeing the Shift in different sizes will help you find the right fit for yourself. Some people are more particular than others about how a garment fits their body, so we'll be providing some information on common fit adjustments that might be needed very soon.
*Note that the size 22 testers both made fit adjustments, but we also tried the dress on two other size 22 friends that did not need bicep adjustments. Every body is different, and it's not possible to create a style that will work perfectly for everyone right out of the package. With the modifications we'll be posting about, we hope to provide a fit that will work for a wide range of people.