Bayleaf handmade garments are sized by their circumference at chest or hip, rounded down to the nearest 10cm. Most garments are designed to be worn loose.
How to find your size
There are two simple methods to find your size.
1. Measure a favourite garment
Take a garment you already own and lay it flat. Measure across the widest point of chest or hips. Double this to get the circumference.
Note: your preferred measurements may be different for stretchy (knit) vs non-stretchy (woven) garments. Make sure to match the type of garment you are considering buying.
2. Measure yourself and choose your preferred ease
Measure around your chest or hips with a flexible tape measure, then add wearing ease depending on how loose you like your clothes. For instance, a person with a 105cm chest might like to wear shirts with at least 10cm of ease, so would look for a garment sized as 120cm.
If you don't have a dressmaker's flexible tape measure, you can measure with a piece of string then measure the length of the string.
"Zero ease" indicates a garment that fits skin-tight. With stretch fabrics, this will be a fitted look. With woven fabrics, this may restrict movement or make them difficult to take on and off. However, zero ease in a woven garment can also offer light chest flattening if this is desired.
Tailored business shirts and trousers are usually worn with 5-10cm ease.
Many of my garments are designed to fit with 10-20cm ease at least, for comfort and movement, and some are designed extra wide and drapey and may be worn with 50cm of ease or more. However, it's entirely up to you how tight you want to wear them!