Fit

At Dig For Victory we know that women are all different shapes and sizes. Therefore our dresses can be made either in a range of standard sizes or tailor made to measure for a small additional fee. The standard sizes are most likely to be a good fit on those of average height (5'3”-5'7”) and medium cup size (full B cup to D cup). If you find that you often have trouble finding clothes that are a good fit then the made to measure option could be of great benefit to you.
 

 

Sizing Chart

Size UK 6 is made to fit Waist 24"/ 25" and Bust 31"/ 32"

Size UK 8 is made to fit Waist 26”/27" and Bust 33”/34"

Size UK 10 is made to fit Waist 27”/28" and Bust 35”/36"

Size UK 12 is made to fit Waist 29”/30" and Bust 37”/38"

Size UK 14 is made to fit Waist 31”/32" and Bust 39”/40"

Size UK 16 is made to fit Waist 33”/34" and Bust 41”/42"

Size UK 18 is made to fit Waist 35”/36" and Bust 43”/44"

Size UK 20 is made to fit Waist 38”/39” and Bust 46”/47”


And the standard sizes for our tulip & pencil dresses:

Size UK 6 is made to fit Waist 24”/25" and Bust 31”/32" and Hips 33”-35”
Size UK 8 is made to fit Waist 26”/27" and Bust 33”/34" and Hips 35”-37”
Size UK 10 is made to fit Waist 27”/28" and Bust 35”/36" and Hips 37”-39”
Size UK 12 is made to fit Waist 29”/30" and Bust 37”/38" and Hips 39”-41”
Size UK 14 is made to fit Waist 31”/32" and Bust 39”/40" and Hips 41”-43”
Size UK 16 is made to fit Waist 33”/34" and Bust 41”/42" and Hips 43”-45”
Size UK 18 is made to fit Waist 35”/36" and Bust 43”/44" and Hips 45”-47”

Size UK 20 is made to fit waist 38”/39” and Bust 46”/47” and Hips 47”-51”


The standard skirt length for most of our dresses is 23-25" which is knee length on most people. But the standard size dresses can be made with slightly shorter or longer skirts to fit different heights. There is a box for "additional information" on each item so please specify if you would like your dress a different length.

If you can't see a size that fits your measurements then you might benefit from taking the full set of measurements and having a dress made to measure.

Our made to measure service costs an additional £25 and means we will custom make the dress to your specific measurements. If you would like to visit us at the Dig For Victory shop to be measured and to then have a fitting when the dress is complete, this will cost £50 (£25 made to measure fee, plus £25 fitting fee).

And the full set of measurements that we would need to tailor make the dress are as follows (there is a diagram attached to help show how to make them):

Take the measurements in your underwear, preferably while wearing the type of bra you will wear under the finished dress. Please take them as accurately as possible, try not to squeeze the tape measure too tight or take the measurements too loose.

Tip: We recommend tying a piece of ribbon around your natural waist first (smallest part of your waist) as this will help you to take some of your measurements

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Overbust - take this around your chest above your bust, with the tape measure going under each armpit and around your back and meeting at the front.

Bust - This is not the same as your bra size, take this around the fullest part of your bust, taken whilst wearing whatever type of bra you would normally wear under the dress. Take the tape measure around the back and meet at the front.

Underbust measurement - take this around the ribcage just under the bust

Natural waist - it is important that this measurement is taken at the smallest part of your waist, this is normally 1 or 2 inches above your belly button. This may be higher than where you are used to wearing your clothing. Our dresses are a vintage style fit, which sits higher on the waist compared to most modern clothing.

Low Waist - this is around the circumference of your tummy, approximately 1 inch below the belly button

Shoulder seam to underbust - take this from the top of your shoulder with the tape measure going over the middle of one breast to the bottom of your bra (see photo) This is to make sure that the top of the waistband sits snugly just underneath your bust

Underbust to Natural Waist -  this measurement is taken from underneath your bust, where you took the previous measurement to. You can use the under wiring of your bra as a starting point and take it down to where you took the natural waist measurement (this is where the ribbon comes in handy!)

This is to determine the width of the waistband on the dress, the standard width is 10.5cm/4 inches but the waistband may need to be a little narrower if you are petite or high waisted, or a little wider if you are taller or have a long torso.

Back length - take this from the nape of your neck, the ‘knobbly bit’, down to your natural waist (again, the ribbon!)

Arm Scye - this is the measurement that determines the size of the arm holes of the garment. Please take this measurement all the way around the top of your shoulder and under your armpit so that the tape measure goes all the way around and meets at the top (see photo)

Shoulder width - This should be taken straight across the back of the shoulders, from the corner of one shoulder to the corner of the other. Please try to do this without curving the tape measure around the sides of the arms.

Skirt Length - Our default skirt length tends to be knee length, so if you would like the skirt shorter or longer, say around mid calf or ‘Tea length’, then please let us know and also take the measurement accordingly. Stand in front of a mirror and measure this by taking the tape measure from your natural waist down the middle of one leg to where you would like the skirt to finish (try not to lean forward when you do this!)

Upper arm circumference - Gently take the tape measure around the fullest part of your upper arm

Above elbow (the circumference of your arm just above the elbow)

Bra Size

Height

If you are happy to do so then you can also include a full body photo of yourself (this can be done while fully clothed) and add any extra information you can give us regarding your shape and  issues you commonly encounter in the fit of your clothes. This will help us ensure a good fit. This might also help us identify any anomalies (inaccuracies) in the measurements you have given us.


Extra Measurements for Dresses with Sleeves

Upper arm circumference (the fullest part of the upper arm)

Above elbow (the circumference of your arm just above the elbow)


Extra Measurements for Wiggle Dresses

Hips/Bottom (around the fullest part of your hips/bottom - this is normally quite low down around your bottom)

Upper Thighs (around the top of both thighs - just underneath your bottom)


Any extra information you can give us regarding your shape and any issues you commonly encounter in the fit of your clothes will help us ensure a good fit. This might also help us identify any anomalies (inaccuracies) in the measurements you have given us.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to check which of our standard sizes will be the best fit for you..

1) Measure the fullest part of your bust and the smallest part of your waist

2) Compare your measurements to those in our sizing chart (eg. if your waist measurement is 32" and your bust measurement is 39" then you would be a 14 in our sizes).

Handy Tip There can be some leeway in the sizing, depending on how you like your clothes to fit. For example, if your waist measurement is 32.5" (inbetween the measurements listed for a size 14 and a size 16) and your bust is 39" then the size 14 could look great if you like your dresses to be cinched in tightly at the waist, but might not be a good idea if you like a more relaxed fit.