• 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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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.


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! :) Mar 12, 2013 at 2:36
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    Interesting find!
    – enjayem
    Mar 12, 2013 at 2:39

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