Itajime Shibori

October 31, 2013

We love shibori at Blue Fish!  Our multi-faceted surface design artists love to foray into all types of textile design.  But there is something in the simplicity, beauty and unexpectedness of shibori that really draws us in.

For this collection we decided to use a wood block and clamp resist to create the geometric patterns and colors on our Itajime Shift. This is a two-step process. First the shift is dyed a light color to show through where the fabric is clamped. Then it is overdyed a darker color.


Itajime literally means “wood sandwich” in Japanese. And that’s exactly what our shifts look like before going in to their dye baths!  There are many ways to create patterns with binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing and clamping, but we like the bold patterns and watercolory  fabric designs created with this process. Plus this shift itself is awesome!  It looks great on everyone and is soooo comfy. Typical Blue Fish!

After Itajime Shibori

Tell us what you think in the comments!

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Size Guide


Blue Fish sizing is uniquely ours. We have developed this system to fit many body types, shapes, & heights comfortably. Here is the Blue Fish size chart and its traditional size equivalent:

00 – only available in select styles. fits up to size 6

0 – fits up to size 10

1 – fits ups to size 16

2 – fits up to size 22

3 – only available in our studio tees & some tunics. fits up to size 26

O/S – one size that fits most customers

Remember that each style is unique & has different measurements--please check the size chart on your item of interest for exact measurements! One style may fit you differently than other styles you have worn before and we strongly recommend checking the measurements before making your purchase.


You might wear a combination of sizes depending on your body shape and how you prefer the drape of your clothing. For instance, you might wear a size 0 pants and a size 1 top. If you prefer looser, more flowy clothing, size up--if you prefer more fitted pieces, choose those closer to your actual measurements. We provide measurements for each style so you can find the best fit for the way you like to wear your Blue Fish.  

If you ever have questions about the fit of our clothing, just give us a call! We will help you find the specific styles that will work best for you. Call us at 800.395.4566 M-F from 9-5 CST to speak to our personal shoppers. You can also email us with any questions at