Katie’s Story

March 03, 2013

Katie Gardenia

Katie Gardenia

I believe that I began collecting and wearing Blue Fish sometime in the early eighties. I was in my 30’s then – an artist and restauranteur. Over the years, I wore my Blue Fish to all my art shows and as soon as someone who wore Blue Fish or collected it came into my booth, we would hug, squeal, and talk about our favorite clothing (BF).When I could get out of the kitchen in the restaurant, I would trade my chef’s apron & uniform for my comfy/artsy Blue Fish and feel pretty…
In 2003 when “Charlie” (hurricane) hit where I lived in Florida, I had less than 10 hours to evacuate my cottage and make the decision about what to take – of course my family photos, important papers, art supplies, 4 dogs, 1 bird and my Blue Fish. For seven days I did know if I had a home or not – so I cooked. I cooked for people I didn’t know. I cooked wearing my Blue Fish and everyone loved my outfits! On day 8 I was allowed to return to my island. I wore my most favorite Blue Fish – the brightest and most loved…Needless to say I had lost my cottage and my restaurant.

Starting over at 65 has been a challenge to say the least, but I love what I do, and that is so very important, especially in these times. I create beautiful fiber art and incorporate my worn Blue Fish into upholstery, pillows, and even my art dolls.I am blessed to have my art and will always be thankful for Blue Fish, a true inspiration.

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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