When it comes to made-to-measure clothes, having a correct set of body measurements to work from is imperative. Though that may sound obvious (for the same reason it would be pleonastic to call it made-to-the-right-measure) it's easier said than done, and it's important to take the time to do it properly.
- Tailor's measuring tape
- Some ribbon or skin friendly sticky tape.
- Pen and paper
- A helper (optional)
- It's best to wear some unobtrusive underwear that provides a little bit of support but has no added bulk. Avoid anything with padding or protruding decorations, or that is too constrictive/body sculpting. The goal is to have as neutral a state as possible with nothing too squished or too loose. A slip and/ or a wireless unpadded bra (for the boob owners) work well.
- Be barefoot.
-Tie the ribbon or stick the tape around your waist. It's best to use ribbon or tape no wider than about 1cm. This step is to ensure that all measurements taken with the waist as a reference point are constant.
BUST: Measure around the bust at its widest point, with the measuring tape crossing over the nipples.
WAIST: Breathe out. Measure the circumference of the waist at it's narrowest point.
HIPS: Measure around the hips and over the buttocks at their widest point.
CHEST: Measure across the front of the chest, from armpit to armpit.
BACK WIDTH: Measure across the back over the apex of the shoulder blades.
SHOULDER: Measure from the base of the neck along and to the end of the clavicle.
NECK SIZE: circumference of the base of the neck where it meets the shoulders, without pulling the measuring tape tightly.
SLEEVE LENGTH : With your arm slightly bent and resting on your hip, measure from the shoulder bone to the bottom of your wrist bone.
INNER ARM: With your arm fully extended at 90° and palm towards the floor, measure on the inner side of your arm (anterior; or the side closest to the front of the body in this position) from armpit to the bottom of the wrist bone.
SHOULDER TO ELBOW: With the arm fully extended parallel to the body, measure along the arm from the shoulder bone to the elbow bone.
ELBOW TO WRIST: With the arm fully extended, measure from the the protrusion of the elbow bone to the bottom of the protrusion of the elbow bone.
TOP ARM: circumference of the top of the arm, underneath the armpit. Hold the measuring tape firmly but not too tightly.
ELBOW: circumference of the elbow at its widest point, without pulling the measuring tape too tightly.
WRIST: circumference of the wrist at its widest point, without pulling the measuring tape too tightly.
KNUCKLES: Measure all around the bones of the knuckles at the widest point, holding the measuring tape firmly.
ANKLE: circumference of the ankle at its widest point, without pulling the measuring tape too tightly.
NAPE TO WAIST : From the nape bone to the waist tape, with the measuring tape very slightly loose and following the curve of your back.
FRONT SHOULDER TO WAIST: With the measuring tape very slightly loose and following the curve of your torso, and crossing the apex of the bust (i.e nipple).
WAIST TO HIP: With the measuring tape very slightly loose and following the curve of your leg.
WAIST TO KNEE: With the measuring tape very slightly loose and following the curve of your leg.
WAIST TO FLOOR: With the measuring tape straight and taut.
BODY RISE: Sit upright on a hard unpadded surface. Measure from your waist to the surface, with the measuring tape taut and straight.