All items Made To Order can be ordered per size OR you are welcome to send me your measurements so the item can be tailored to your body! This includes hem lengths/ bust measurements or how long you like your shoulder straps to be!
If your measurements don’t fit within my size guide then I have created a custom sizing option that you can enter your measurements in before checkout. Please use the sizing guide below to work out whether your measurements work with my standard sizing, or if custom sizing is a better fit for you!
This is my standard size guide;
HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF.
BUST-Relax your stance and measure around the fullest part of your bust.
HIPS-Measure the widest part of your lower body (this should be your bum)
WAIST-Measure around the smallest area of your waist, make sure you aren't breathing in so this measurement isn’t too tight!
LENGTH-Measure from your shoulder point down to your ankle (where a maxi dress would sit) This means I can hem a mini/midi or maxi from this measurement!
UPPER ARM CIRCUMFERENCE-Wrap your measuring tape around the top of your arm (where the elastic for the sleeve would fit) so that we can make sure its not too loose or tight.
WRIST CIRCUMFERENCE- Wrap your measuring tape around your wrist (only need this for long sleeves!)
All items are made-to-order by me, Katharina from my studio in Brunswick, Melbourne. Katharina Lou is a one women show, from designing, fabric sourcing, cutting, sewing, steaming, packing and sending off each individual every item, you can trust that each piece is made with love and care and to last a lifetime. Katharina Lou also works closely with a female run Block Printing studio in Bangalore, India creating unique colourful hand finished prints you see on a lot of our pieces, celebrating a beautiful and traditional art form. You can read more about our work with this studio HERE.Being open & transparent about the creative process is very important to me and I want to invite you into the PINK KLOU world and create a community with ethical beautiful made clothing, spreading a whole lotta love and most importantly SELF LOVE.Every piece is designed with the intension that when you wear your KLOU dresses you feel powerful, happy and confident in your beauty. These clothes are my love letter to you, to love yourself more than anyone else. There’s nothing more I love then seeing customers wearing my pieces and feeling incredible in them. As it is only me behind the brand it truly fills my heart with joy and inspires me to continue growing this label and pushing the environmental and ethical standards in the fashion industry.Lots of love and thank you always for the support <3
RESPONSIBLY MAKING CLOTHES.
Here at KATHARINA LOU minimising my environmental impact is at the forefront of every design and production decision.. The fashion industry has become one of the biggest contributors to mass waste and land fill and I am so passionate about slowing down the industries damaging fast pace and to be apart of the SLOW FASHION movement.
The studio I work with to create my handprinted materials is women owned and operated. Located in Bangalore, India this studio have been operating as a family run business since 1977, meaning some of the artisans have been printing for over 50 years. I have personally visited the studio and met the artisans in 2019 and first hand seen how they work towards ethically and responsibility creating and carrying on the beautiful craftsmanship of hand wood block printing.
All workers are paid fair wages, have private medical insurance, are offered pandemic support and paid leave.
They also offer free community outreach programs to vocationally train specially-abled artisans.
They only use organic GOTS certified dyes & make sure to gauge each project precisely and only prepare the correct amount of dyes, if any dyes are left over they donate it to their local autism centres that they support for their craft projects.
They are the first artisan studio in India with ISO 26000 Certification.
They donate all extra fabric offcuts to local NGOs, that repurpose them into creative, utility items.
The studio also reduces its dependance on fossil fuels by using solar power and LPG sources. As well as locally sourcing items to reduce their carbon footprint.
All items at Katharina Lou are hand made-to-order, meaning I will cut and sew each piece only once an order comes through. This not only reduces my textile waste but also means no garments are left unloved at the end of a season.
This also limits how many items I can create per week, keeping my production small scale & making your piece even more special! Each piece is sewn one by one, so you can trust it’s made with lots of love&care and to last a lifetime.