How to Find Your Waist and Other Measurements
Experienced sewers know accurate measurements are the basis for good garment fit. It is, therefore, unfortunate that the measurement methods described by the sewing pattern industry, and even some fitting books, can be difficult to perform precisely, and the reference points can bear little relation to the way individuals prefer to wear clothes. For better garment fit, I think it’s time to reconsider where and how you take certain body measurements.
Throughout my years teaching fashion design and working with patternmaking software, I have witnessed the results of guesswork and inaccuracy when it comes to where and how measurements are taken. Based on my experiences, I believe that measuring methods should be flexible, not static.
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