The sizes seen in catalogs generally have roughly the following measurements:. You can use measuring tape!
Hold the end of the tape measure at the center back of your natural waist. Gently and loosely pull the tape between your legs and over your crotch, keeping the other end positioned at the center front of your natural waist. Look at the measurement in the mirror or by cautiously bending your head down without changing your posture. Measure your sleeve length. This measurement is used for certain types of formal, professional, and custom tops. Ask a friend for help.
Stand with your elbow bent at a degree angle with your hand resting on your hip. Instruct your friend to hold the tape measure at the center back of your neck. Have your friend extend the tape measure to your outer shoulder, down over your elbow, and down to your wrist. This should be one full measurement. Do not break it up into pieces. Mark the number down using pencil and paper. Measure your upper arm. Use this measurement when ordering a custom or tailor-fit top or dress.
Stand in front of a mirror with your arm extended outward. Wrap a tape measure around the thickest part of your upper arm.
Keep the tape measure somewhat taut, but do not let it dig into your skin. Look at the measurement in the mirror or by turning your head without moving your arm or the tape measure. Measure your shoulder width.
This measurement is most often used for custom tops, blazers and tailored dresses. Stand in front of a full-length mirror with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. Extend the tape measure from the outer edge of one shoulder to the outer edge of the other. Keep the tape parallel to the floor.
Look at the number in the mirror or carefully bend your head to look at it without changing your posture. Mark the number down with pencil and paper. Measure your low shoulder length. This obscure measurement may be used for custom tops, blazers and tailored dresses. Extend the tape measure from the middle of the shoulder blades, at the base of one arm to the other. This will also be the distance from the center of one armhole to the other.
Measure your front length. This measurement may be used for custom tops, blazers and tailored dresses. Instruct your friend to hold the end of the tape measure at the top of shoulder at the base of the neck. Direct your friend to extend the tape measure to the front and down, over your chest and to your natural waist. Measure your back length. Instruct your friend to hold the end of the tape measure at the top center of your shoulder.
Direct your friend to extend the tape measure down to your natural waist. Measure your dress length. This is, as its name implies, a measurement used in dress shopping and tailoring. Stand with your back straight and your legs together in front of a full-length mirror. Direct your friend to extend the tape measure along the front of your body, over the fullest part of your chest and down to your knees or your preferred, desired hemline. Measure your skirt length. This is a measurement used in skirt shopping and tailoring.
Instruct your friend to hold the end of the tape measure at the center of your natural waist. Direct your friend to extend the tape measure down to your knees or your preferred, desired hemline.
Stand barefoot or in socks with your feet flat on the ground. Keep your feet slightly apart and your back against a wall.
Ask a friend to measure from the back of your heels to the top of your head. Have them keep the tape measure straight and perpendicular to the floor. If taking the measurement alone, hold a book or other stiff, flat object flat on the top of your head.
Use a pencil to mark the bottom edge of the book, where it meets the wall. Step away from the wall, and measure from the floor to the mark. It depends on why you are measuring yourself.
For pattern drafting, always wear your normal foundation garments. For bra shopping, measure without a bra. Not Helpful 3 Helpful 6. Feel where you rib cage ends and where your pelvis begins at the sides , and measure the distance. Not Helpful 2 Helpful 4. You can use measuring tape! Hold the big part up to your shoulder, then slowly pull it down. Not Helpful 6 Helpful 6. Answer this question Flag as How do I cut an off shoulder bustier with a sleeve? What does measuring the outer limit mean? Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. Tips If you feel comfortable doing so, ask a department store lingerie department or a lingerie store if they will measure your bra size for you. Many women have difficulty finding this size on their own. Ask a professional tailor or seamstress to take precise measurements if you doubt the accuracy of your own.
Take your measurement a few days after or before your menstrual period to account for water weight. Measure yourself after a large meal, like lunch or dinner, to get measurements for comfortably fitting clothes. Sources and Citations http: Sewing Clothes Clothing Sizes In other languages: Maten opnemen voor vrouwen Print Edit Send fan mail to authors. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 1,, times.
See the following for measuring tips! Taking the Bust Measurement 1. Stand straight with your heels together and arms down at your side. Position the measuring tape so that it covers the widest part of your back and the fullest part of your bust. Not under your bust 3. Keep your thumb behind the tape and do not pull it tight. Taking the Waist Measurement 1. Standing straight, bend to your side. The bend is your natural waist. Stand straight and keep your heels together. Place the measuring tape around your natural waist.
Taking the Hip Measurement 1. Position the measuring tape around the widest part of your hips. It is very important to wear the exact undergarments, slip, and shoes as the day of the wedding or event as this will affect the accuracy of the measurement.
*Note: To measure for skirts, follow the guide for low hips and waist. Bust Measure under your arms around the fullest part of your chest, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor. Bust. Measure under you arms and around the fullest part of your bust. Waist. Bend to one side to find the natural crease. Straighten and measure at this point. If your measurements indicate different sizes for the bust, waist, and hip measurements, we suggest ordering according to the largest measurement. Our dresses can be taken-in, but due to the modest seam allowance in the gowns, there may not be enough fabric to release to the size needed.