Taking Measurements

There is a proper way to take measurements to give the best fit when making a garment. You should keep an accurate record of all your measurements, and check them each time you start to prepare a new pattern.

Be aware of manufacturer's sizes. Keep in mind that different manufacturers sizes are different. One retailers size 14 is anothers 16, and yet anothers 12. Knowing your size doesn't mean knowing your measurements. Keep track of your own measurements. This is the whole idea of customization used in our patterns.

It is also important that you take your measurements accurately to be sure the garment will fit you.

Taking an accurate set of measurements is not difficult, but takes care. We suggest that you ask your relative or friend to help you.

Measurements should be taken over your usual undergarments. Do not pull the measuring tape snug too tight. Let yourself breathe!

We strongly recommend you use the metric system. Metric measurements are more accurate and easier to use than imperial. Regular measuring tape has both inches and centimeters on it.

Please round your metric measurements to whole numbers (e.g. 102 cm). Don't round measurements in inches though, or you'll end up 1.27 cm over or short your actual measurement.

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Basic measurements

Advanced measurements (in addition to all mentioned above)