I have finally worked up my “how to measure yourself” chart. Several of my clients are waiting on this, thanks gals for your patience.
There are, as you can see, quite a few different measurements. I will do my best to walk you through how to take these. If you have any questions, please e-mail me to set up a phone consult so that I can walk you through it over the phone. It’s easiest to print out this post & fill in the information as you go.
*If at all possible, have a friend take your measurements. When you turn your body to look at the tape measure, you actually change the measurement. If you absolutely must take your own measurements, do so in front of a mirror standing as strait as possible & looking forward. Mark the measurement with your fingernail, then look down to see what it is.
*Wear only an unpadded bra & panties, bathing suit, or some other very close fitting garment (or if you are ordering a gown, wear the bra that you will wear with your finished gown).
To begin, you will need to stop by Joann’s or your local fabric store & purchase 3-5 yards of elastic, a measuring tape, and a package of safety pins. I just use the most inexpensive skinny elastic & buy it off the roll by the yard. You should spend $5 or less on these 3 items all together. You will also need a marker felt tip pen.
Cut lengths of elastic to secure with safety pins around points 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7. Yes, you are going to look like you’re trying out for the part of “skeleton” in the next school play, but I need to have these points marked and stationary during your measurement taking process.
Next you are going to use your marker to make small marks on the elastic for “side seams”. Imagine you have a plum line falling directly from the middle of your armpit to the floor. Now just make small marks on each piece of elastic going straight down your imaginary plum line (on each side).
On the above chart, the numbers go horizontally and the letters go vertically. Some only apply to full gowns or gowns with sleeves. I’m going to color code them as follows:
Red * Fill in all these for corset and gown orders
Green * This measurement only applies to skirt or gown orders
Blue * This measurement only applies to corsets or gowns with sleeves and/or necklines
O.K! Now we’re all set to measure!
Just circle the basic sizes that you generally wear
Bra size: 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44
AA A B C D DD(E) DDD(F) G
Shirt size: (number) 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
Jeans/pants size: (number) 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24
or Juniors sizes 1 3 5 7 9 11 13
1) * Upper Bust: _____ (for corset orders, make this where you want the top of the corset to be)
2) * Full Bust: _______
2.5) * Front Full Bust: _______ How far is it across line 2, just from “side seam” to “side seam” (remember you marked “side seams” on your elastic earlier)
2.75) * Desired Corset Bust: _______ This measurement is only for corset tops. Sometimes in a corset, you want the nice fluffy décolleté coming over the top. This requires that your bust actually be squished just a bit. Put the tape measure around your full bust, put your hands on top the girls, and push them in & up to where you want them to be. Now, look at what the measurement is. (this may require a few attempts before you get all the acrobatics required!) It should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-5 inches smaller than the actual full bust measurement, just depending on how full busted you are.
3) * Underbust: _________ (your rib cage at the point where the bottom of your bra band is)
3.5) * Front Under Bust: ________ How far is it across line 3, just from “side seam” to “side seam”
4) * Bust point to Bust Point: ________ (yes, that is “nipple to nipple”, but “bust point” sounds so much nicer, doesn’t it?)
5) * Waist: _______ This will most likely be higher than where you normally wear the waistband of your pants. Find the smallest point in your torso or where your body bends when you bend to the left or right while standing.
5.5) * Front Waist: ________ You’re getting the hang of it now, right? Line 5, just from side seam to side seam across the front.
6) * Abdomen: ________ This is a tricky one. Generally it’s about 2 fingers above your hipbones, but if you are especially curvy, the elastic will try to roll up. For corset orders, please make a note to me how far above or below this line you want the end of your corset to be.
7) * Fullest part of your hips: _________ I need this even for corset orders. It helps me establish the curvature of your body.
7.5) * Front Full Hip: __________ Yep, you know what you’re doing now!
8) * Neck: ________ (I don’t know why that shows up as a smiley, it’s an ‘8’ in the draft!)
(the following lettered measurements are all vertical!)
A) * 1-2: _______ How far is it vertically from ‘1’ to ‘2’. The illustration shows it to the inside just because there was only so much room to draw a readable picture, but please take this measurement from the bust point on line 2 up to line 1, then the following measurement from the bust point on line 2 down to line 3.
If you are ordering a ‘sweetheart’ neckline, please make a note to me of how far down from line 1 you would like the tip of the sweetheart to dip. ________
B) * 2-3: _______
C) * 3-5 at center front: ________
D) * 5-6 at center front: ________
E) * 5-7 at center front: ________
F) * 1-5 at side seam: _________
F.5) * ________ If you are ordering a corset, please make a note of how far down from line 5 you would like the side of your corset to end.
G & H are only needed for gowns or over the shoulder corsets
G) from Bust point to Neck: _______ (at the point where a shoulder seam would intersect the neck)
H) from Bust point to Shoulder tip: __________
9) * Shoulder tip to Shoulder tip: _________ (needed for gown orders, but not for corsets)
10) * Bicep: _________
11) * Wrist: _________
(the following measurements are all vertical!)
I) * Back waist: _______ How far is it from the prominent bone at the base of your neck down to 5. I need this even for corset orders, it helps me establish your body dimensions.
J) * Corset Back: ________ I only need this measurement for corset orders, not for full gowns. This measurement should be from the point where you want your gown to end at the top, down to 5.
K) * 5-6 at center back: ________
L) * 5-7 at center back: ________
M) * Back skirt length: ________ Measure from 5 down the floor, standing in bare feet.
M.5) * Heel height: _______ What height of heel will you be wearing on your shoe?
N) * Arm length: _________ from the tip of your shoulder to your wrist, with your arm slightly bent.