How to get your body measurements
Making your own clothes can be hard but it gets even harder when you don’t have the right measurements. To measure yourself you will obviously need a tape measure, preferably someone to measure you or if you don’t have a helper then use a full lenght mirror in which you can see your whole body and a pen and paper. A full length mirror or a helper are very important as you need to see what points you’re measuring. All of our patterns have a page where they state what measurements you need and what measurement equals to what size.
So before you start you should remove any bulky, oversized clothing, preferably wear a very fitted tank top and leggings. Make sure to be relaxed and make sure that you’re putting the measuring tape snug to your body. You don’t want to be adding any extra centimeters or inches to your measurements. Remember to record the measurements on a piece of paper so you don't forget them.
How to properly take measurements
Most patterns call for three standard measurements
Take this measurement by measuring the fullest part of your body, often the fullest part of the bust is at the nipples. While measuring check if your measuring tape is snug all around your body. Record the measurement on a piece of paper. This is the measurement of the narrowest part of your torso. This measurement is taken at the fullest part of your bottom/hips. Remember that this measurement is taken lower than your hip bone. Make sure to measure the fullest part of your hips.
When you have those three you also may need other body measurements such as:
- Neck This measurement is needed whenever you’re making any type of a garment with a collar especially those that have a tight fitting neckline such as a turtleneck. Measure all around your neck right above the collar bones.
- Shoulder – This measurement is crucial when you have wider or narrower shoulders than the standard measurement for shoulders. Measure from the point where your shoulder meets the neck to the top edge of the shoulder.
- Upper bust – this measurement is taken above the bust. Measure under the armpits and all around. This measurement is very important if you don’t have a standard bust size.
- Upper hip –This measurement is taken 2 to 3 inches above the hips. This is very useful when you’re making a higher waist skirt or trousers/pants
- Arm- This measurement is important when you’re making sleeves. This measurement is taken from the top of your shoulder down to the wrist.
- Wrist – This measurement is also helpful when making sleeves especially when you’re making cuffs. Measure all around your wrist, measuring above the wrist bone.
- Back Bodice/ CB (central back) - Measure from the nape of your back (the place where the skull meets your neck) down to your waist.
- Front Bodice/CF (central front) - Measure the center of your body at the front from the clavicle (the part where your two collar bones meet) to the waist. Make sure to avoid the bust when taking this measure.
- Inside leg – This measurement is very important when making any type of trousers or pants. Measure from your crotch to the ankle.
- Outer Leg (waist to ankle) - This is also a great measurement to have when making trousers or maxi dresses. Measure from your waist to the ankle.
- Waist to knee - This is a measurement that’s important when making skirts (especially knee lenght ones) or shorts. Measure from your waist to just above your knee.
Remember that you don’t have to take your measurements each time you’re sewing but it’s good to check the measurements at least every 3 to 6 months.
I took my measurements. What's next?
Measurements differ from country to country. European sizes (which we use with our patterns) differ from sizing in the UK, USA and Italy. Here is a size conversion table that we use with our patterns, it will easily help you find your size.
This is a women’s chart, we have to remember that a men’s or childrens chart will be different than the female/women’s chart
The three standard mens measurements that we use in our patterns are - the chest circumference, the waist circumference and the hip circumference.
In childrens measurements the height or age indicate the size. With our patterns we use the height as a size indication only.
In childrens patterns we have four standard measurements - the height, the chest circumference, the waist circumference and the hip circumference.