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    INSIDE TEXTILE WASTE

    “This year Fashion Revolution Week is highlighting the importance of using what we already have in our wardrobes in order to reduce the consumer demand from retailers and large fast fashion companies… It is important to remember this isn’t a one-off and as consumers, we should be taking responsibility for our wardrobes all year round.” – Fashion Revolution

    THE PROBLEM

    Fashion and textile waste is still very much a growing issue across the world. The level of textile production has doubled since 2000 and textile waste is on the rise after the figures are expected to increase to 60% between 2015 – 2030. On top of that, a third of the fashion industry has still yet to make an effort to tackle this issue.

    Unfortunately, textile and clothes recycling isn’t always that straightforward. There are complications to recycling certain materials such as those that have been made with synthetic, petroleum-based fabrics like polyester. These cannot be recycled within today’s common recycling infrastructure and therefore have to be sent to landfill. Materials that are compostable such as cotton, linen, silk, cashmere and wool are all recyclable but with the popularity of fast fashion and cheaply made garments, polyester is a common choice of fabric.

    The same complex cycle applies to the clothing donations which usually falls into the hands of charities and non-profit organisations. It is an extremely time-consuming process and one that needs to be done by hand to ensure accuracy in the sorting of garments that are fit for reuse and those that aren’t – not to mention the financial strain that this process entails. An article by Fashion Revolution identifies an Australian charity that spends the equivalent of £7 million per year sorting and sending un-recyclable donated clothing to landfill sites in an effort to try and shift the bulk of fabric waste. Another example, Redress, sorted 15 tonnes of Hong Kong’s unwanted fabrics, using over 400 volunteers with the overall campaign costing the charity a huge expense.

    However, charities are not the only ones taking the hit from our short-lived garments. Despite the UK’s 70% recycling rate for clothes, our charitable donations made to organisations and recycling schemes are often sold on to traders. An ITV news report unveiled the illegal dumping that occurs in Ghana as a result of traders disposal of poor quality items that can’t be recycled. Due to the over-saturation of secondhand clothing, the value of our donations has decreased meaning buyers need to buy more to keep up with their costs. This relentless cycle is having a negative impact on not only the environment but to the livelihoods of the people who inhabit these countries. Until enforced restrictions are put into place for the illegal dumping of secondhand clothing, we need to find other solutions for the afterlife of our clothing.

    FABRIC PRODUCTION + OFF-CUTS

    As easy as it is to pin the blame on one aspect of the fashion industry, garment and textile waste occurs in all aspects of the supply chain of clothes. According to the 2017 Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report, 35% of all materials involved in the overall supply chain become a product of waste.

    It starts in the production stage in which offcuts are created during the cutting process; perfectly sound garments can become a product of waste as a result of changes to garment designs. However, even at this early stage of a garment’s life, there are ways to reduce unnecessary waste. Some manufactures are investing in computer-controlled cutting technology that provides accurate measurements for pattern cutting in order to limit the off-cut waste.

    Here at Emperor’s HQ, we have a zero fabric waste policy meaning that the fabric offcuts that we produce we then reuse to create accessories such as our pouches, purses, handbags and glasses cases. We encourage our customers to purchase these items and to get crafty by collecting fabric scraps from the cutting process to use in our wreath making kits + fabric scrap bundles. We rely on our customers to purchase these items to allow for more storage space in our studio for the build-up of these fabrics.

    RETAIL WASTE & INVENTORY ISSUES

    However, the waste doesn’t stop there – once a garment has made it through the manufacturing process, the waste only continues into retail. Particularly regarding fast fashion companies, many brands are experiencing an overload of inventory and stock that they cannot shift due to overproduction. Attempts to solve this include either incinerating stock, dumping in landfill or selling the overflow to shredding factories in order to squeeze more profit out of it.

    A captivating short film called ‘Unravel: The final resting place of your cast-off clothing’ documents the process of garment shredding factories between Kutch and Panipat in India. The factories purchase these unwanted garments which are then shredded and made back into threads which are sold on. In an interview with a few of the women that work in the factory, they explain their theory behind where all these clothes come from: that there is a water shortage in the West and Western people can’t afford to wash their clothes so that’s why they’re thrown away:

    “Water is just as expensive for these people. That’s why they wear their clothes a couple of times and then throw them away. That’s what everyone says, and what we always hear! I wouldn’t know why else they come.”

    This short film reveals a chilling perspective and one that inflicts shame on our Western society in which change must happen.

    Something that we are mindful of at Emperor’s is making sure that our ready-to-wear collections are always evolving and unsold items are not sat collecting dust. In order to ensure ready-to-wear pieces have run their full course, each item will go through two sales before they are considered for redesigning. Often these pieces will be renovated into alternative Emperor’s designs, for example, turning a dress into a two-piece which is a more popular choice for our customers.

    CONTRIBUTING INDUSTRIES

    It’s really important to remember that it’s not just the fashion industry that requires textiles and garments for consumer-based consumption. For example, let’s consider manufacturing corporate workwear: employees are required to wear protective and durable uniforms that are made from materials such as polyester that are not recyclable or reusable. Statistics discovered by WRAP reveals that only 9% of the 39.2 million individual garments produced are reused or shredded but neither are recycled.

    With 2 out of 7 people in the UK required to wear a uniform to work, WISE WORK SAFE advises on the different ways that companies can reuse and recycle workwear. Some suggestions include partnering with recycling companies and donating unbranded pieces onto charities for those that can’t afford to buy uniforms. There are however security guidelines set in place that means branded uniforms cannot be disposed of, so ensuring that labels and badges are removed before donating is an important thing to keep in mind.

    A great initiative we have here in Brighton + Hove is the Smarter Uniforms campaign. The FAIR shop in Brighton accepts old school uniforms from surrounding schools and parents which are then sorted, cleaned and sold on to other families for up to a third of the typical school uniform price. As well as allowing people to save money, the organisation is a great way to relieve waste on unwanted clothing.

    Another area that revels in single-use materials is the events industry. As of yet, the £48 billion industry has failed to advance on opportunities to recycle materials used for exhibitions, festivals, sports events and especially fashion week that occurs multiple times a year. A WRAP report on the events sector demonstrates the extreme improvements that need to be made within the industry which is currently operating with an average recycling rate of only 15%.

    The Textile Review is a fantastic resource to use for people seeking materials as well as retrieving textiles that are facing the threat of ending up in landfill. The Brighton based company has a hiring service in which you can temporarily rent fabrics for your own purpose and once you are finished with them, you can return them back into the circular system!

    EFFORTS TO TACKLE THE ISSUE

    Relying on organisations and charities is not a sustainable solution to sorting the world’s textile waste problem – the responsibility needs to be shared by us, the consumers. However, having an understanding of the different levels of consumer privilege is essential to note when discussing this topic.

    Those that are able-bodied, thin (and therefore catered to by the fashion industry) and have a disposable income will consume at a notably faster rate in comparison to those that don’t hold these privileges. Expecting people to shop responsibly is not a fair assumption and puts pressure on those individuals who struggle to find retailers that stock their size or are on a low income – for some people finding clothes to wear is already an ordeal on its own.

    With that said, below are hopefully some helpful starting points that you can take into account before you head down to the charity shop.

    CONSUMER LEVEL ACTION POINTS:

    REPAIRING CLOTHES

    There are many clothing companies that offer free repairs for your garments as well as accepting old clothes to be repurposed. Even if not advertised, get in touch with your favourite brands and enquire, you might be surprised!

    In addition to this, there are many tutorials online that teach you how to sew on patches, fix zips, reattach buttons etc for worn-out clothes. Love Your Clothes is a great resource set up by WRAP that has a Care and Repair section which includes tips on repairing clothes, removing stains, laundry tips and alterations.

    We’ve made it even easier for you, our customers, to access this information with a couple of great blog posts on ways you can avoid throwing out your clothes! Ella put together a fantastic blog post dedicated to caring for your clothes which you can dive into here.

    Something else we’ve created for our customers here at Emperor’s HQ is a step by step tutorial to taking your own measurements which you can access here. As some of you may already know we provide an affordable service for repairs and alterations to any garment we have created (keep an eye out for more on this coming to our website soon – for now just get in touch).

    WARDROBE SWAPS

    These are a really fun way to mix up your style whilst reducing the demand for new clothes every time you lose interest in your wardrobes. Nu Wardrobe is a fantastic organisation that is expanding as they grow to more areas in the UK. Their initiative brings style, trends and diversity to the world of wardrobe swaps!

    This year, Fashion Revolution is exploring all aspects of reducing garment and textile waste which you can get involved with here whether you are hosting a swap or attending one. The 2020 Big Clothes Swap is collaborating with the Global Fashion Exchange to get as many people involved in sharing their wardrobes in order to demonstrate the power of communities. To learn more click through here to see what you can do to get involved.

    On our Emperor’s Instagram profile, we use our team styling tips to share with our followers the multiple ways that you can wear and style our versatile pieces in order to minimise your wardrobes and maximise your outfit options.

    Do you share your Emperor’s items with your friends? If so we’d love to hear about it!

    RECYCLING AT HOME

    There are ways that you can recycle your unwanted clothing without clogging up the recycling centres! Here’s a list of creative ways you can use your unwanted clothes:

    • Secondhand denim and leather can be used for upholstering furniture
    • For any of you that have pets, stuffed odd socks make great chew toys
    • Old t-shirts make for great cleaning cloths and dusters
    • Experiment with making headbands and other accessories with old hats and scarves

    There are some great initiatives out there that are in need of donated textiles and clothing that don’t necessarily spring to mind straight away so we’ve provided a list of recommendations of those as well:

    • Get in contact with your local animal shelters and see if they are in need of your old blankets, beach towels, pillowcases or bedding.
    • Suited and Booted is a small charity based in London that takes donations of formal wear to dress unemployed and low-income men in preparation for job and work placement interviews. The charity accepts donations of shirts, blazers, smart trousers, shoes as well as unworn socks.
    • Some of us may have a couple of perfectly good bras clogging up our underwear drawers as a result of misjudging purchases. Instead of throwing them in a bag for charity, reach out to homeless women shelters as bras are usually in high demand.

     

    Got more ideas for how to responsibly deal with textile waste at home or in your workplace? Know of any other cool initiatives or projects that deal with textile waste? We’d love to hear about them!

    Written by Cressida Drummond-Hill – Marketing Assistant; edited by Cecily Blondel – Owner

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    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from centre of collarbone 11.5” / 29cm″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from centre of collarbone 12” / 30.5cm″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from centre of collarbone 12″ / 30.5cm″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from centre of collarbone 14” / 35.5cm″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from centre of collarbone 16.5” / 42cm″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from centre of collarbone 16.5” / 42cm″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from centre of collarbone 17.75” / 45cm″

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    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 15″

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    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 15″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 15.5″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 21″

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    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 25″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 25″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 25″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 25″

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    Trouser length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 34 / US 0-2 = length from waist 33.5″

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    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 34.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 36″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 36″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 36″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 27″

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    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 15″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 21″

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    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 41″

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    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 42″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 42″

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    Trouser length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 34 / US 0-2 = length from waist 33.5″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 33.5″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 33.5″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 34.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 36″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 36″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 36″

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    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 15″

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    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 15″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 15″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 15.5″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 21″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 21″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 21″

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    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 20″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 20.5″

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    Skirt length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 24″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 24″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 24″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 24.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 25″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 26″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 27″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 22 = length from waist 27″

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    Skirt length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 22″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 22″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 25″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 25″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 25″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 25″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 25″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 26″

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    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 35″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 35″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 35″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 35″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 35″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 36″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 36″

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    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 17.5″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 20.5″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 20.5″

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    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 22″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 22″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 25″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 25″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 25″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 25″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 25″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 26″

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    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 22″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 22″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 25″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 25″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 25″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 25″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 25″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 42″

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    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 34.5″

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    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 36″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 36″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 36″

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    Skirt length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 22″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 22″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 25″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 25″

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    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 27″

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    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 27″

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    Skirt length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 32 / US 0-2 = length from waist 22″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 22″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 25″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 25″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 25″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 25″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 25″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 26″

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    Trouser length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 34 / US 0-2 = length from waist 41″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 41″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 41.5″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 41.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 42″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 42″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 42″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 42″

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    Trouser length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 34 / US 0-2 = length from waist 41″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 41″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 41.5″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 41.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 42″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 42″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 42″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 42″

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    Trouser length:
    UK 4-6 / EUR 34 / US 0-2 = length from waist 41″

    UK 6-8 / EUR 34 / US 2-4 = length from waist 41″

    UK 10-12 / EUR 36 / US 6-8 = length from waist 41.5″

    UK 12-14 / EUR 38 / US 10-12 = length from waist 41.5″

    UK 14-16 / EUR 40 / US 12-14 = length from waist 42″

    UK 18-20 / EUR 44 / US 16-18 = length from waist 42″

    UK 22-24 / EUR 50 / US 20-22 = length from waist 42″

    UK 26-28 / EUR 56 / US 24-26 = length from waist 42″

    Want a specific short length? Just let us know in the order notes.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR LEG LENGTH MEASUREMENT

    ABOVE THE KNEE

    BELOW THE KNEE

    MID-CALF

    ANKLE LENGTH

    FLOOR LENGTH
    STEP 1

    We start the leg length measurement from the waist as most of our designs are high-waisted. Locate your waistline which is the narrowest part of your torso: it’s helpful to pull your top to be tight against the body so you can locate the narrowest point.

    STEP 2

    Place the tape measure at your waistline and measure down the leg until you find the point at which you want your garment to end.

    For instance: A mini-skirt may finish above the knee whilst a pencil skirt traditionally finishes just below the knee.
    Remember it’s up to you how long you want the length of your garment to be!
    We can always take a hem up to make your garment shorter but it’s far trickier to make a garment longer so if you’re unsure it’s always safer to measure a little longer than shorter.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR RISE MEASUREMENT

    STEP 1

    Place the tape measure at your waistline and pass the tape measure between your legs.

    STEP 2

    Where the tape measure reaches your waistline in the centre of your back is your rise measurement.

    We’d recommend getting a friend to help or to stand in front of a mirror to take this measurement to ensure you are reaching your waistline at the back and not reaching too high or too low.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR TOP LENGTH MEASUREMENT

    Place the tape measure at the centre of your collarbones at the base of your neck and measure down the torso until you find the point at which you want your garment to end.
    Our Crop-top is designed to end around the waistline + our Tee is designed to end around the hips.

    Size Guide

    Below is our international size guide including bust, waist and hip measurements in inches & centimetres.We hope that this chart helps you find your perfect garment size with us.However, we are used to altering designs to fit customers who are in between sizes so if you have any specific requirements or need any help please don't hesitate to get in touch.
    UK EU US BUST WAIST HIPS
    4-6 32 2 32in 81.5cm 25in 63.5cm 35in 89cm
    6-8 34 4 34.5in 88cm 26.5in 67.5cm 36in 91.5cm
    10-12 36 6 36in 92cm 28in 71.5cm 38in 97cm
    12-14 38 8 40in 102cm 32in 81.5cm 42in 107cm
    14-16 40 10 44in 112cm 36.5in 93cm 47in 119.5cm
    18-20 46 14 50in 127cm 42in 106.5cm 52in 132cm
    22-24 50 18 56in 142cm 48in 122cm 58in 147cm
    26-28 56 22 62in 157.5cm 54in 137.5cm 64in 162.5cm
    30-32 62 26 68in 172.5cm 60in 152.5cm 70in 178cm

    We are in the process of extending our size range. This is quite a lengthy process for a small brand but it is something we are 100% committed to.If we don't currently go up or down to your size please get in touch with your measurements + we can create you your dream 'design your own' garment!

    Check out our guide to taking your own body measurements & our handy measuring kits

    Size Guide

    Below is our international size guide including bust, waist and hip measurements in inches & centimetres.We hope that this chart helps you find your perfect garment size with us.However, we are used to altering designs to fit customers who are in between sizes so if you have any specific requirements or need any help please don't hesitate to get in touch.
    UK EU US BUST WAIST HIPS
    4-6 32 2 32in 81.5cm 25in 63.5cm 35in 89cm
    6-8 34 4 34.5in 88cm 26.5in 67.5cm 36in 91.5cm
    10-12 36 6 36in 92cm 28in 71.5cm 38in 97cm
    12-14 38 8 40in 102cm 32in 81.5cm 42in 107cm
    14-16 40 10 44in 112cm 36.5in 93cm 47in 119.5cm
    18-20 46 14 50in 127cm 42in 106.5cm 52in 132cm
    22-24 50 18 56in 142cm 48in 122cm 58in 147cm
    26-28 56 22 62in 157.5cm 54in 137.5cm 64in 162.5cm
    30-32 62 26 68in 172.5cm 60in 152.5cm 70in 178cm

    We are in the process of extending our size range. This is quite a lengthy process for a small brand but it is something we are 100% committed to.If we don't currently go up or down to your size please get in touch with your measurements + we can create you your dream 'design your own' garment!

    Check out our guide to taking your own body measurements & our handy measuring kits

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR BICEP MEASUREMENT

    Wrap your tape measure around the widest part of your upper arm. Where the tape measure meets is your bicep measurement.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR SLEEVE MEASUREMENT

    A. SHORT SLEEVES

    B. THREE QUARTER LENGTH SLEEVES

    STEP 1

    Place the end of the tape measure at the edge of your shoulder – just before where it starts to slope down.

    STEP 2

    Measure to where you would like your short sleeve to finish on your arm. Typically this is about one third of the way down the upper part of the arm.

    STEP 1

    Place the end of the tape measure at the edge of your shoulder – just before where it starts to slope down.

    STEP 2

    Measure to where you would like your three quarter length sleeve to finish on your arm. Typically this is about 5cm lower than your elbow.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR HIPS MEASUREMENT

    STEP 1

    Your hip measurement is taken at the widest point of the bottom half of your body. It’s helpful to pull your trousers or skirt to be tight against the body so you can locate this widest point.
    Pass the tape measure around your back to meet at the front level with this widest point.

    STEP 2

    You want to make sure the tape measure is level all the way around the body.

    STEP 3

    Record the number of centimeters where the tape measure meets – this is your hips measurement.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR BUST MEASUREMENT

    STEP 1

    Lift your arms and pass the tape measure around your back to meet at the front.

    STEP 2

    You want to make sure the tape measure is level all the way around the body in line with the nipple line.

    STEP 3

    Record the number of centimetres where the tape measure meets – this is your bust measurement.

    HOW TO TAKE YOUR WAIST MEASUREMENT

    STEP 1

    Your waist is the narrowest point in your torso. It’s helpful to pull your top to be tight against the body so you can locate the narrowest point. Pass the tape measure around your back to meet at the front level with this narrowest point.

    STEP 2

    Record the number of centimetres where the tape measure meets – this is your waist measurement.

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