Helpful tips for Made-to-Measure items!

My customers often ask why measurements instead of sizes, and the answer may surprise you: Most people fall in multiple size ranges. I don't know about you, but who wants to be "average" anyway! 

Personally, I fall into 3 different size ranges on most sewing patterns and those vary drastically based on the designer! Do you own clothes of different sizes? EXACT same principle. Not every item is designed the same, so by filling out your measurements, I can alter your custom item to fit YOU. 

This blog post is geared to help you fill out the made-to-measure form you'll received in your email after purchasing a made-to-measure item. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have! 

The visuals included here are geared towards bodies that have more curves, as they are often more difficult to measure, but please note that chest/hip measurements are important no matter the shape of your body! The visual here appears courtesy of ByHandLondon's Pinterest Page. 

Bust/Chest Measurements

  • Measure the corresponding section of your bust (upper, full, under) 
  • Ensure that the measuring tape or string isn't twisted, isn't pulled too tight, but just lightly resting on you. 

Waist/Hips Measurements

  • Measure the corresponding section of your body:
    • Waist: the naturally narrowest part of your mid-section
    • Hips: the fullest part of your hips/butt 

Other Measurements

  • From time to time, there will be other measurements that I'll need to complete your item. 
    • Three Full Bust measurements to calculate accurate cup size
    • Height
    • Side Waist: the distance between your armpit and your natural waist
    • To the knee: The distance from your armpit to your knee
    • waist-to-floor: the distance from your natural waist to the floor

This is an additional blog post from a pattern designer that I use a lot to help illustrate these measurements:

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