Measurements

What I'll Need & How to Take Them

Taking your measurements accurately is perhaps the most important exchange of information outside of communicating what it is you'd like for a costume. Your costume is made to fit YOU and only you. I do not use commercial patterns or garment industry sizing. Everything I do is from scratch tailored to your needs, the needs of the costume, and your measurements. It is imperative your measurements be accurate or else there is the potential of your costume not fitting properly, whether that be too big or too small, as I cannot offer in-person fittings or take your measurements on your behalf. As such, I have provided details on how to take your measurements, videos, and my best tips to ensure you get the best measurements!

  • Wear appropriate undergarments. When taking your measurements, you'll want to wear the same undergarments you plan to wear in costume. Whether that is a corset, body shaper, a special bra, or a packer, you'll want to be in it when taking your numbers. Not doing so could result in a fit customized for a different body shape.

  • Wear as little clothing as possible, or form fitting clothing. Don't wear baggy jeans, pockets stuffed full of keys and cell phones and wallets, when taking your measurements. Don't take your measurements over a sweater or sweatshirt. These sorts of things will pad up your numbers and not give me an accurate reading to match your costume to. Wear comfortable, form fitting clothing over your costume-related undergarments if you're attending a fitting with a local seamstress, or if you're having a friend help you. A fitted t-shirt, camisole, or leggings will work well!

  • Wear your costume appropriate shoes, if you have them! Especially if your costume includes a long skirt or train, I'll need to know how tall you are in AND out of your shoes. It would be such a tragedy to make your gown 2" too short because we forgot to account for high heels!

  • Use the right kind of tape measure. A soft, cloth, flexible tape measure will provide the most accurate measurement as these were made to go around the body comfortably. Do not use a carpenter's tape measure, it will only give you difficulty if not an injury. If you are unable to acquire a cloth tape measure use a durable piece of twine or string--one without any stretch to it whatsoever. Once you've taken a measurement with the string, measure it out on a ruler. Please let me know in your notes that this was the method by which you've taken your measurements. It is not optimal but will suffice.

  • Stand comfortably, straight, and tall. Be natural and comfortably composed. Don't "suck it in." Just be you!

  • Get help! Many of these measurements can be taken by yourself, but if you're unsure it's best to have an assistant. They can ensure your tape measure is even and parallel to the ground, fitting snugly around the body without any slack, and help reach places that are difficult to get by yourself.

  • Lastly; The tape measure should sit comfortably on your body like a second layer of skin. Do not pull too tightly or let it hang loose. When taking measurements around the body you want the tape even with the floor, parallel.


  • Remember to breathe and take the number of your chest and belly expanded.

  • Your natural waist is the slimmest portion of your torso and is not, generally, where we currently wear our pants in 2017 fashion. Taking the measurement of your waist happens around the belly button, but can be higher or lower depending on how you carry your weight. If you're unsure, please ask and I would be happy to assist!

 
 
 
Vertical

All of the following measurements are measurements that travel up and down the body part to get a total length.

  1. Height

  2. Arm Length (Shoulder to elbow to wrist)

  3. Shoulder Width

  4. Upper Arm Length

  5. Forearm Length

  6. Neck to Waist (Front AND Back)

  7. Neck to Hip (Front AND Back)

  8. Waist to Floor

  9. Inseam

  10. Neck Drop (Collar dip to center chest as if measuring a V-Neck shirt)

Horizontal

All of the following measurements, with the exception of #3, are measurements that go around the body part to get a total circumference.

  1. Head

  2. Neck

  3. Shoulder to Shoulder (Joint to Joint)

  4. Bust

    • Overbust

    • Underbust

  5. Waist

  6. Hip

  7. Bicep

  8. Forearm

  9. Wrist

  10. Thigh

  11. Above Knee

  12. Below Knee

  13. Calf

  14. Ankle

 

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