Friday, June 1, 2012

Determining your Measurements

I've guest blogged at Everything for the Love again I thought today's post should be something very useful in a women's everyday life. Taking your measurements properly. Now why do I use the word properly? Because I have dealt with many a woman who sends me measurements that don't make any sense. Many women think when they are asked for their waist measurement, they think it's where they wear their jeans. Absolutely not! Your natural waist is where you body starts to curve under the bust and above your hips. Just above the bellybutton. You cannot get a correct measurement or size if you measure below your bellybutton. This is also important to know for the sake of ordering clothing online. Every online clothing company has different measurement charts they stand by. You could be a size 8 at one place, a size 6 at another, but totally wear a size 5/6 denim. Does that make sense? You should always base your size off of measurements rather than what sizes you have in your closet at home. Here is the chart I follow:


How to Measure

* Measure over undergarments.
* Keep tape measure level and close, not tight.
* If possible, have someone else measure you - it's more accurate.

Bust: Wearing your usual bra, with arms relaxed at your sides, measure the fullest part of your bust, keeping the tape parallel to the floor, under the armhole and around your back about where your bra strap is.

Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your torso at your natural waistline. To find your natural waistline, bend to one side. There will usually be a crease where you bend. Often it is just below your ribcage. That's your natural waistline. Don't worry since this may seem higher than where you actually wear your pants and jeans. Keep the tape measure parallel to the floor as you measure all the way around your torso.

Hips: Standing with heels together, measure around your body at the broadest part of your hips. This will include the fullest part of your backside too and should be just about where your legs meets your torso. (approximately 8" below natural waistline.)
Height: Standing with your feet slightly apart and your back to a wall, measure from the floor to the top of your head.

Bra Cup Size: Check the tag on your favorite bra and enter the Bra and Cup Size.

1 comment:

Madalynne said...

I couldn't agree more that accurate measurements are crucial to pattern making as well as buying clothes online. I wrote a tutorial on drafting a block and almost every reader who emails me with troubles they are having is not because of the method but because they took the wrong measurements. Love this post!

Here you can check out what I wrote about accurate measuring
http://www.madalynne.com/how-to-draft-a-block-pattern-part-2