When we had the Rowan Trunk show, here last month, I tried on all the sweaters, as I always do, to share with you exactly what they look like on a real person without any fancy lighting, staging, or styling. Just me and my Iphone in the shop. This last time, though, Ginni, Mary, and I all happened to be in the shop when it was time to pack up the trunk show. I thought it would be super helpful for you to see the same garments on our three different bodies.
This was a perfect opportunity to talk about ease.
What does ease mean in a sweater?
Ease is simply the difference between the size of the garment and the size of the wearer's body. Sweaters don't have ease by themselves. It's only when someone puts the sweater on that it has ease. That being said, a sweater may be designed to have a certain amount of ease, but the amount of ease you like is totally up to you. For example, take a look at the three of us all wearing the exact same sweater.
Just for reference, they sent the second size with a finished measurement of 39.75"
Ginni on the left is 5'10' with long legs and a small bustline. She wears an A or B cup, and her full bust measures about 40" (zero inches ease)
Mary, in the middle, is 5''8" with a large bust. Her full bust measures around 42" and she wears a DD cup. (2" negative ease)
Ellen(me) on the right and I'm 5'8" with a medium bust line. My full bust measures 36", and I wear a C cup. (4" positive ease)
We're all different sizes and shaped very differently, but the same sweater fits us all perfectly. We loved the neckline of this sweater - kind of a v neck that's pulled into an unusual shape by ribbing on either side. Any of us could wear this sweater in this size and be perfectly happy.
Here are the finished bust measurements for Lamorna