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Cover-Ups Glossary

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Adjustable strap - Elastic straps have a metal piece that slides along the strap to increase or decrease the length.

Back rise -The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the back of the garment.

Bandeau - A strapless style offering bare shoulders for no tan lines.

Blousan - Garment is bloused and finishes snug at the waist.

Caftan - A garment that is loose but still has a definite shape and silhouette, does not bind or have compnents that feel tight on the body.

Casual fit - A garment that is loose but still has a definite shape and silhouette, does not bind or have components that feel tight on the body.

Control - A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.

Dolman sleeve - A loose sleeve cut in one piece with the body of the garment (no armhole seams).

Drape - Fabric loosely fits across the body, not snug or form fitting.

Empire waist - Garment that has a fitted bodice ending just below the bust giving a high waisted appearance.

Fitted - A garment that fits close to the body and accentuates your every curve and asset.

Front rise - The measurement from the seam at the crotch to the top edge of the front of the garment.

Hanky hem - Hemline with the appearance of a hankerchief, also referred to as a gypsy hem.

High hip - Similar to the term mid-rise in bottoms, it is the location of a tankini hemline, halfway between the waist and the low hip.

High low hem - Garment hemline is shorter in the front than in the back.

High waist - A bottom that has the top waistband within an inch of the natural waistline.

Hold-U-In - A garment that has built in elasticity to firm and hold you in. It is very snug but not binding or uncomfortable.

Jumpsuit - A one-piece garment that is a top or blouse attached to a long pair of pants.

Kimono - A T shaped straight lined robe with wide sleeves. Wraps around the body and usually secured by a sash.

Length from high point of shoulder - The length of a garment from the top of the shoulder to the hemline.

Loose fit - Often a one size fits most garment. Is designed to fit generously and loosely on the body with no snug areas, usually hides the shape of your body.

Low hip - Similar to the term low-rise in bottoms, it is the location of a tankini hemline, at or below the hip bones.

Low-rise - A bottom with the top edge of the suit at or below the hip bone.

Mid-rise - A bottom with the top edge of the suit above the hip bone and below the natural waist.

Mitered stripe - A stripe that is joined at an angle, usually to create a slimming, angular affect.

Ombre - The gradual blending of one color hue to another usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

Perled hem - hemline created with very small stitches that cover the raw edge of the fabric. Often creates a rippled, ruffle look.

Raglan sleeve - A sleeve design that angles from the neckline to the bottom of the armhole instead of a circle at the edge of the shoulder.

Romper - A one-piece garment that is a top or blouse attached to a pair of shorts.

Ruched (gathered, shirred) - Fabric is gathered and secured to maintain the gathered appearance.

Semi-fitted - A garment that is shaped to follow the curves of your body but is not binding or tight.

Sharkbite hem - Garment hemline resembles a shark bite with an inverted scoop and pointed ends.

Smocked - Sewing technique using elastic to gather fabric to make it both form fitting and flexible.

Spaghetti straps - Thin fabric strings on a swimsuit.

Tunic - A loose fitting garment, usually thigh length.

Underbust measurement - The measurement directly under the breasts, going around the entire body.

Waistband - Band of fabric found at the waist.

Waistline - The natural waist on the body, usually located at the bellybutton or navel.