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CustomFit offers your choice of four sweater body shapes, called their silhouette. From left to right, these icons represent Hourglass, A-line, Straight, and Tapered silhouettes: 

Icons depicting CustomFit's four silhouettes

Designs will have a primary silhouette - this is first in the icon list, and typically shown in the design's pictures. When you make a pattern, you can choose between that primary silhouette or the other allowed silhouettes for that design - icons for the allowed silhouettes appear under the image.

Here's how the four silhouettes break down. 

Straight silhouettes have the same circumference at the hip, bust, and waist. It is based on the largest of those three body measurements. Striation, Fallside, Vendavel, Tramontane, Copper Mountain, and Helm are all shown here in a straight silhouette: 

Straight silhouettes in CustomFit


A-line silhouettes have hem circumferences that are larger than their chest circumference, with shaping located at the side edges. Chest/bust and hip are fit separately. Tidal Pool, Lucas Point, Bourrasque, Clearview, Sanderling, and the Shoreside Tunic are all shown here in an A-line silhouette: 

A-line silhouettes in CustomFit


Tapered silhouettes have hem circumferences that are smaller than their chest circumference, with shaping located at the side edges. Chest/bust and hip are fit separately. There are no currently-shown tapered silhouette designs in CustomFit. 


Hourglass silhouettes have waist shaping located along dart lines on the front and back. The hip, waist, and bust circumferences are all fit independently, with as much (or as little) shaping as you need to have a roomier fit at the waist vs. the hip and bust. Zinger, Turks and Caicos, Cypress Cove, Harbor Island, and Verglas are all currently shown in an Hourglass silhouette: 

Hourglass silhouettes in CustomFit



CustomFit offers four basic fit categories, customized to typica age and gender needs. The sweaters below are all "hourglass silhouette" sweaters; the general guidelines on fit are the same for other silhouettes. 

Close fit sweaters are intended to be worn next to the skin, or over one thin layer. They should never feel tight, but neither should they offer enough room in the shoulder area for a thick layer.

Here are some examples: 

Close fit sweaters in CustomFit


Average fit sweaters are a great place for most people to start. They'll offer enough room for a solid under-layer, and skim the body without clinging.

Here are some examples: 

Average Fit sweaters in CustomFit


Relaxed fit sweaters are great choices for when you'd like to wear your sweater as outerwear, or you're looking for a slightly more slouchy look. They'll accommodate a substantial underlayer and will be larger than your body everywere. 

Here are some examples: 

Relaxed fit sweaters in CustomFit


Oversized fit sweaters fit like relaxed-fit sweaters through the shoulders, but are substantially larger everywhere else. They make a good choice for when you'd really like for your sweater not to touch your torso!  

It's pretty tough to get the scope of what an oversized fit means in a still photo, but here's a montage of my friend Beth in her close-to-oversized** Verglas: 

An oversized fit within CustomFit

 (**From CustomFit's basic oversized fit suggestions, Beth snugged up the arms and bust a little bit.)