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  • The sit of her dress was perfect.
  • The sitting of her dress was perfect.

I didn't know that "sit" could be a noun form of the verb "to sit". I've been using "sitting" so far, but I came across "sit" as a noun form in this sentence. I don't know which one is more suitable to use.

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I can't say many native speakers saying either of these things. – David Schwartz Mar 12 '13 at 2:25
Could you possibly mean "the fit of her dress"? I never heard "sit" used that way. – Kristina Lopez Mar 12 '13 at 2:29
Why close vote? Care to explain? Or be thought of as one that doesn't know the specific usage of sit in this sense. – Kris Mar 12 '13 at 5:39
@KristinaLopez & up-voter Noun: If the facing is not properly anchored, it may adversely affect the sit of the fabric. (educationbug.org/a/set-vs-sit.html) english.stackexchange.com/a/106954/14666 english.stackexchange.com/a/106952/14666 merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sit – Kris Mar 12 '13 at 5:47
Well, we learn something new every day. I sew and have not known of this usage before. (@Kris, thanks for the link, and I did not vote to close). – Kristina Lopez Mar 12 '13 at 6:09

Sit is to the dress as lay is to the land. I believe I heard my grandmother (b. 1881, d. 1981) use this idiom to refer to the fit and arrangement of a dress on the wearer in a seated position.

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See the definition of the word sit as a noun here. It is an appropriate use of the word, but, as far as I know, it's archaic. Like @DavidSchwartz points out, you won't hear many native speakers using it (save for those in the clothing design industry perhaps).

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This one is obviously a modern instance (perhaps by a moonlighting fashion designer! :) – FumbleFingers Mar 12 '13 at 2:36
Interesting find! – enjayem Mar 12 '13 at 2:39

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