"RENT" - The Musical and Movie

"How do I compare misses sizes to a junior sizes? I really don't know which I should order or which size would be a better fit."

Get out your measuring tape because there is a difference between each size range. The questions here is how does a Misses size compare to a Junior size.

In an earlier post, we covered the differences between the two size ranges but here are the measurements to determine specifically which Junior size comes closest to an "8" in the Misses size range.

There is one other factor which can throw off all "sizing" and measurements - how generous the manufacturer is in their idea of sizing. The easiest way to put it is this...when it comes to comparing sizes, the more expensive the brand, the more true to size and the more generous the wearing ease.

Have you ever had the opportunity to try on various sweaters of the same size but from different labels and manufacturers? Try it sometimes - you will be amazed.

Let's start by comparing Misses sizes to Junior sizes.

The difference is not just in the finished measurements. You can also tell the difference in the construction and finishing method. The high end garments will be full fashioned (individual garment pieces are made separately then assembled) rather than completed using the cut and sew method.

The big ticket items also provide you with more wearing ease above and beyond the design ease.

Please note that the measurements given below are your actual measurements not the finished measurements of the garment itself.

Also, the style of a garment will affect how it fits - outerwear [jackets, vests, coats and cardigans] has varying amounts of added wearing ease - they are designed to be layered over other garments.

Certain sweater styles have "negative" wearing ease...in other words they are literally smaller than your actual body measurements.

RENT - the rock musical - has been a favorite for years now and the popularity trend continues...both with fans and with performers who are lucky enough to land the lead part.

At Hobbie's House, the trend started during the summer of 2005 when a customer requested a custom sweater and scarf set to attend the premiere showing of the film adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.

Most sweater and scarf sets are custom knit for the lead character in High School drama and theater productions, as well as community theater productions across the United States from California to New York, Canada, several European countries, countries in South America and Asia, and even Down Under!

All information related to the RENT sweater and scarf can now be found at Custom Costume Knits.


What does the RENT sweater look like?

RENT Styled Sweater & Scarf

It looks as authentic as possible when compared to the original sweater both in color and fit.

First designed to reproduce the look but more specifically - the fit - of the original sweater as worn by "Mark", customers found that this sweater did not fit them quite the way other sweaters did.

The sweater seen in the movie is very fitted and quite short.

In 2007, we altered the design to be slightly less fitted and added a couple inches to the finished length. The original, very fitted version is certainly available upon request.

The sweater is a cozy ribbed pullover in maroon/light blue with narrow chest and sleeve stripes.

The original version was lightweight - our version is of medium weight.  In September 2016, we introduced a lightweight, t-shirt style version of the sweater.  With the exception of the finished weight of the sweater, the style is identical.

The wide neckline is trimmed with a narrow, contrasting band.

navy and white striped scarf completes the set.


"Thank you SO much! Job well done on the 'Mark Cohen' sweater! You even delivered earlier than expected. Excellent Service!!!"

"My son was thrilled with his custom made sweater and scarf for his role as Mark. The sweater was a total hit and when he wore it to the first dress rehearsal. There was great look of surprise and excitement from the director, assistant direct and the entire RENT cast when they saw him wearing the sweater."

"...I wanted to let you know that we received the” sweater and scarf set this week – in plenty of time for our show – and it’s perfect. I’m happy, the actor’s happy, the director’s happy…so thank you. I appreciate your help and wanted to let you know that we are VERY satisfied customers!"

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