HOW TO TAKE YOUR BODY MEASUREMENTS ACCURATELY
Taking error-free body measurements is the key to a great fit. Whether you choose to make your pattern block from a commercial templateor draft it from measurements, having precise measurements is critical to the success of your block. (And a well-fitting block is critical to the success of your garment!)
But don’t be alarmed, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. All you need is a tape measure! While it's more practical to have someone else take your measurements, it can be done by yourself. As a precaution, stand in front of a full-length mirror so that you can see and make sure that you have the tape in the right position.
Ideally, you should be measured wearing only your undergarments. However, a leotard or close-fitting clothing will be fine too. DO NOT measure yourself wearing jeans, sweats, or other bulky clothing! It DOES make a difference.
Because the human body is made up of soft tissue, it can be a bit difficult to know exactly how tight to pull the tape around the body. The tape should feel but not tight - it should not "dig in" or make an indentation in your skin. However, it should not be loose, either! Just wrap the tape around the area of the body being measured and hold it in place. You should be able to slip a finger between your skin and the tape, but no more than that.
Please ensure, that you don’t gain or lose too much weight from the date of taking your measurements. Weight fluctuations can lead to a distressing outcome. Little adjustments by your local seamstress are always possible, but taking in a dress will be easier than extending it out.
Please note, that if you have any questions or need clarification on something, we would be happy to arrange a skype consultation (subject to prior agreement).