It is important to know how to take sewing measurements for your body correctly so you can choose the pattern size that will give you the best fit. Even a small error can mean you cut the wrong size from your pattern which can be a disaster in fitted garments.
Today’s tutorial will lead you through the basic sewing measurements listed in most sewing patterns.
How to Take Sewing Measurements
PRO TIPS FOR TAKING SEWING MEASUREMENTS
- Always measure over the underwear that will be worn under the clothing.
- Hold the tape measure firmly but not so tight that it cuts into the body.
- It is really hard to measure yourself accurately so get someone else to help if possible.
- Have bribes ready if you are trying to measure kids. They will probably wriggle and giggle so be prepared and patient! My daughter runs if she sees a tape measure.
1.Height – Take any shoes off and get your subject to simply stand up against a wall. Measure from the floor to the top of the head.
2. Bust – Measure around the fullest part of the bust and continue around the back.
3. High Bust – this is generally only specified in women’s patterns and is measured directly under the armpits, around the front to the back.
4. Waist – Take a piece of elastic, wrap it around the waist and tie a knot. (Don’t make it too tight.) Move around a bit and it will settle at your natural waist. Measure around the elastic at this point with the measuring tape. This is often referred to the natural waist. After measuring don’t remove the tape as you have more to do! For younger kids who don’t yet have a defined waist, just measure around the front and back at belly button level.
5. Center back – If you tilt your head forward you will notice that one bone at the back of your neck sticks out more than others. Measure from this bone down to the elastic at the waist.
6. Crotch length – This is measured from the waist elastic at the front, through the crotch and ends at the elastic at the back. This measurement is generally important for pants and leotards.
7. Hip – Measure the widest part of the hip.
Now that you have your body measurements it is time to start cutting that perfect pattern. Do you have any extra tips for taking body measurements? Please share below.