Layercake Sizing and Story

Layercake garments are easy-wear. They are not meant to be closely fitted. We make most of our garments in 4 sizes, ranging from 0 to 3.
Please look at the grid below to see which body measurements we believe are best suited to which Layercake size.
As you can see, there is some overlap, it comes down to personal preference. Once you know which Layercake size you take, choosing new garments becomes easy. When in doubt, do give us a call or come see us, either at our Studio or at one of the shows we do in different parts of the UK in the course of the year; it won't surprise you to hear that we love playing dress-up!

 Layercake size
(dresses, smocks)
Bust measurement
(garment) cm/in
Recommended bust
(body) cm/in

UK standard

0 90/32 80/32 - 88/35 6 - 10
1 112/44 88/35 - 103/41 10 - 16
2 124/49 103/41 - 116/46 16 - 20
3 140/55 116/46 - 137/54 20 - 26

Layercake Story

Layercake is a growing collection of favourite work-wear (hard-working garments). It was created in response to Tall Yarns customers wanting to buy the clothes we were wearing on the stand at the shows we exhibit at. The first Knitting Smocks were introduced in 2010 and the collection has steadily grown from there.

We still make all garments ourselves at our Studios in Surrey. At times we have difficulty keeping up with demand and if it takes a week to get an order out to you, it is either because we are at an exhibition or we are making your garment! We pride ourselves on our high standard of workmanship and customer service, so we will keep you updated on any delay and always aim to fulfill to your wishes.

"Do you sell patterns of your dresses?"
We are often asked if we sell patterns for our garments. We have considered this at length and this is our answer:
The reason our dresses are both effective and flattering is because we put a lot of thought and consideration into the combination of their shape and the specific fabrics we choose to make them in. We see so many examples of garments (both home-made as well as store-bought) that in our opinion are made using a bad combination of pattern, fabric and fit. We don't want the same fate to befall our designs. So by making them ourselves, we control both pattern and fabric and by selling them ourselves we have a big hand in guiding our customers towards a good fit. However difficult we find it to decline the requests (because we understand the motivation behind them!), we will not change this approach.