Taking Your Body Measurements
Correct measurements your body are the main condition for draft an accurate pattern. Learn how to take your body measurements easily and correctly.
Note: For best results you need use a flexible measuring tape, not a metal one.
The main measure your body is the circumference of chest. Take this measure carefully. The flexible measuring tape must pass along the highest points of the breast and under your armpits, around your shoulder blades.
Place the measuring tape around the natural waistline: not tight. Do not retract the stomach. Stay in a natural position peculiar to you all time.
To take the hips circumference correctly you need to place the tape around the fullest part of the legs and over the largest part of your buttocks. Hips measurement is best done with an assistant.
Measure the inner length between the legs. This measurement is needed often to drafting kids pants and mens trousers.
Neck measure is needed to drafting the shirts and dresses. Measure the circumference around the base of the neck: not tight.
Sleeve length is measured from the shoulder edge to the wrist.
Shoulder length is measured from neck line to the end the shoulder.
Body Rise Measurement
To take the body rise measurement you need to sit on the flat chair. The length from waistline to the chair is a body rise measure. This measure is equal to the length from the natural waistline to the crotch level. This measure is needed to drafting of trousers pattern.
Trouser length is measured on the outside of the leg from waistline to the bottom line (hemline). Trouser length is measured by assistant.
Skirt length is measured from waistline to the hem line.
Take the circumference around the wrist at the bone. Add to this circumference value a slack to make a comfortable cuff fitting.
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