Taking Female Body Measurements
For sewing women's garments, you need to take a few additional measurements. Learn how to take women's body measurements correctly.
Note: For best results I recommend you to use a flexible measuring tape, not a metal one.
Front Body Measurements
Shoulder length is measured from neck side along the shoulder to its end. When you raise your hand you can feel a hollow spot between bones. This joing between both bones is the end a shoulder.
Wrap a flexible measuring tape around the base of the neck without tightening it tightly. This measure is used fully.
Chest (Bust): Wrap the tape around your bust. The tape should pass at the fullest parts of your bust and shoulder blades.
This measurement of the circumference of the chest is used in half size.
Measure the circumference especially carefully. This measurement is main for drafting skirts or pants. If you go wrong, the skirt will be in the waist area too loose or cramped. Don't suck in your stomach, don't take this measurement yourself.
To more accurately determine the position of the waist line, tie yourself with a thin elastic band. Note: Depending on the direction of the fashion, the waist line can pass below the natural level of waist.
The waist measurement is used in half size.
Abdomen circumference is used to draft a pattern of clothing in the event that the circumference of the abdomen is more circumference of the hips.
If you have a normal standard figure, then hip circumference will be the largest measurement.
Note: When the "Hip circumference" is more than 130 cm, for sewing skirt or pants, you need use "two lenght" of fabric.
The hip circumference is used in half size.
Back Body Measurements
When you will measure the "Back width" you need put your hands along your sides. The measurement is taken from and to the point where your arm meets your body (but not to armpit) about 10 cm below base of neck.
Lenght of back is mesuared from center of back part a neck, along the spine, to edge of waist line.
This is the segment from edge of waist line to level where abdomen circumference is maximum.
This vertical segment is measured from wais line to the to level where hip circumference is maximum.
Body mesurements for drafting a dress
Shoulder height (along oblique line).
Place the flexible measuring tape along oblique line from shoulder tip to the center of waist line.
Height of armhole on the back.
Place the ruler from under your armpits horizontal and using flexible measuring tape you can to identify the height of armhole on the back.
Bust span (distance between bust apexes).
Height of bust needs measure from beginn a shoulder to bust apexes along oblique line.
Length of front part to waist needs to measure from beginn a shoulder to the waist line through the the bust apexes.
1/2 Bust/Chest Circumference I (Over the breast nipple).
1/2 Bust/Chest Circumference II (Along the breast nipple).
Arm length from shoulder tip to wrist. Bend arm slightly when measuring.
Wrist circumference over wrist bone.
Tips on how to take measurements correctly
Note: Some measurements you should take using the help of someone else.
To do measuring your body correct, you need stay in a habitual position for you. If you are slightly stooping do not need to unduly straighten when you are being measured. If you have a small tummy you do not need 'to suck in' it, etc.
Do not perform measurements on the naked body. It is best to take measurements if the subject is wearing only her underwear.
Before taking measurements a lenght a skirt or pants tie elastic strip around your waist. Take measuring a lenght a skirt or pants on the side your body, taking into account the bulge of the hips.
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