How to Choose a Size

Ivey Abitz garments are not all about size, they are about fit and feel. We measure garments rather than bodies. Here is how to select a size.

  1. Measure your clothes as shown below.
  2. Compare the measurements of your clothes with the Ivey Abitz design you are considering.
  3. Choose an Ivey Abitz size that corresponds with your results. If you are in-between sizes, it is usually best to order the larger size. Please contact us if you are unsure, and we will be happy to assist.

Many Ivey Abitz designs use clever ties and tabs to make a boxy-type jacket or a corset-like, waist-fitted shirt. This gives you control over your silhouette. If you know you would prefer a more relaxed fit, you can opt to have the tabs or ties omitted from the design.

Most designs come in five sizes: X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large. Specific measurements for each size garment are listed on the garment detail pages.

For Women

Video: How to Measure Ivey Abitz Garments


Measurements as Garment Lays Flat

NOTE: These are NOT body measurements. Rather, these are measurements of the garment as it lays on a flat surface. You may need to measure some of your other clothes in this manner in order to get a sense for how our garments will fit you.

  1. across front of chest from side seam to side seam, just underneath sleeve openings
  2. across front bottom hem from side seam to side seam on a shirt
  3. on dresses and frocks across front of low hip, 15 – 20 inches below bottom of armhole opening
  4. across the front at hips on trousers and skirts from side seam to side seam, 12 inches below the top of the waist
  5. across the front at waistline from side seam to side seam
  6. sleeve measurement, from top of sleeve seam to bottom edge of cuff or sleeve opening
  7. length from top of waist to bottom hem. Frocks, dresses, jackets measured from top of shoulder seam down to bottom hem edge.


  • Some shirts do not have sleeve measurements because they are a 3/4 length sleeve and are meant to fit all arm lengths.
  • Skirt waistline charts show a range (for example, 15-21 inches) due to the flat front/elastic back option for skirts and trousers. If you’re ordering a drawstring waist, the waist is a freer opening and opens up to the width of the trousers.
  • If the trouser hip measurement seems larger than you’d expect, it is because the trouser has a skirt-like flow. They are slimming at the waist and have an a-line flow down to the ankles.