Welcome to this quick guide on body measurements for sewing and clothing! As you might find throughout your journey, there will be a need for knowing certain body measurements. This process isn’t necessarily difficult, but depending on what you’re measuring, it can take time. Also, having a friend or relative nearby to assist with measuring can make things that much easier for you.
- Flexible measuring tape
We’ll start here as there are a lot of measurements. Some of them are more necessary than other sewing body measurements depending upon the outfit you’re making at the time. For each measurement you get, write it down on the pen and paper. This will help you keep track.
- Neck: taken around the neck at the base
- Shoulder width: measure from shoulder to shoulder straight across
- Full Bust: measure from the fullest part of the chest all the way around
- Under Bust: measure at the breastbone and around
- High Bust: high point measurement taken from beneath the armpit, at its highest, and around
- Upper arm: measure from the shoulder top to just past the elbow to accommodate for bending
- Forearm: measure from the point of the elbow to the prominent bone of the wrist
- Wrist: measure the tape from the most prominent bone in the wrist and wrap around in a circle such as in the circumference, like a bracelet
- Waist: take the circumference of this measurement, which starts approximately one inch above the belly button. This spot is also the most narrow portion of the abdomen.
- Hips: circumference of the fullest part of the body
- Hip Depth: center waist point to the fullest portion of your hips
- Height: this is your height in inches or centimeters depending on your preference of unit measurement
- Waist to floor: measure from the center of the waistline to the floor
Taking these sewing body measurements can be quite the daunting task especially if you go at it alone. If you have a family member or friend that you trust, this process will go a lot faster. This by no means goes over every measurement, but it does cover the basic ones, which are important to the crafting journey. Don’t forget to write these measurements down, and as one last thought, you want to make a habit of taking measurements every so often and as you go along in future projects as body sizes do change with time. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.