How to Measure Up
by Barbara Emodi
an Online Extra to Threads #106
The first step in sewing the right-sized garment for yourself or someone else is to start out with a complete and accurate set of body measurements. In the instructions for Marking reference points, I'll show you how and where to mark the body so your measurements are consistent; print out the Measurement chart and use it to record your measurements. For more details on measuring, have a look at "How to Take Measurements," in the April/May 2003 issue of Threads (#106).
Marking and measuring tools you'll need include the following:
• A short, fine chain necklace- to establish a natural neckline
• Washable markers- to draw lines on skin and/or undergarments
• 1/4-inch adhesive dots
• Narrow elastic- to locate and mark the waistline
• Flexible but stable measuring tape
• 12-inch ruler
• A form-fitting T-shirt with set-in sleeves- to help identify an armhole
• Twill tape/cotton cording- for marking crotch length
|Measurement chart (Click here for printable version)
The chart below allows space to record dimensions for both the left and right sides of the body, which may be helpful when fitting an asymmetrical figure.
Shoulder length/left:___________ right:___________
Front shoulder slope/left:___________ right:___________
Back shoulder slope/left:___________ right:___________
Neck to waist/front:___________
Neck to waist/back:___________
Arm length (over arm)/left:___________ right:___________
Biceps/upper arm circumference/left:___________ right:___________
Armhole depth/left:___________ right:___________
Upper bust circumference:___________
Under bust circumference:___________
Neck edge to bust point (bust depth)/left:___________ right:___________
Neck edge to waist/left:___________ right:___________
Outer seam/left:___________ right:___________
Waist to floor/front:___________
Waist to floor/back:___________
Waist and hips
Fullest part of hip:___________
Fullest hip depth:___________
Barbara Emodi is a contributing editor of Threads.
Photos: Joseph Kugielsky
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