Getting your accurate measurements is important for many reasons. Whether its for purchasing clothing online, or your best friend is getting married but lives in Katmandu and needs your measurements to get a perfect fit for a bridesmaid dress. Or maybe you’re just simply curious why Sir Mix A lot randomly lists sets of numbers in his lyrics from the 90’s hit song “Baby Got Back”…FYI: he’s measuring the bust, waist, and hip diameter.
Most importantly, knowing your accurate measurements is the first step to getting garments to be the perfect fit.
MEASURING YOURSELF: DO’S AND DON’T’S:
The easiest way to get your own measurements without having it professionally done is to have a friend help you measure.
Do: Ask a friend, or someone close to you. Chances are you probably have a Facebook friend out there searching for the same answers.
Don’t: measure yourself, unless you have 4 arms. Then it’s acceptable.
No new friends?
Don’t: ask a craigslist stranger.
1. Height: Standing against a flat wall without shoes, measure from the floor to the top of the head.
2. Bust: The fullest part of the chest. Measure around the fullest part of the bust and straight across the back.
3. High Bust: Directly under the arms. Straight across the back and above the bust.
4. Natural Waist: Slimmest part of the torso. Tip: Tie elastic around the waist and let it settle naturally at the waistline.
5. Back Waist Length: From the most prominent bone at the base of the neck to the natural waistline.
6. Hip: Around the body at the fullest part. Usually 7-9” below the natural waist.7. Neck Size: Measure around the neck just above the collar bone putting one finger between the tape and the neck, or measure without 1 finger and add ¼” to the final measurement. Round up to the nearest ½”.
8. Sleeve Length: This step is best completed with a friend. It is important that the arm is at the side and slightly bent at the elbow. Place one end of the tape measure at the middle of the back of the neck and run the tape measure across the shoulder and down the outside of the arm to just below the outer wrist bone.