Traditional measurements


I. Stay straight, breath normally. Don’t pull in your stomach.

II. Natural waist is usually the narrowest part of your body between bust and hips.

Ask your assistant to tie up a twine or fasten a trouser belt around your waist (but not tightly!) you’ve found. Leave it in this place until you take all the measurements. All the following measurements should be taken considering your waist! (Attention: In case of any doubts or if you have difficulties with finding your waist, just mark it about 2 cm above your navel.)

III. Please check and note the following measurements (in centimetres):

1) waist


2) underbust circumference

3) bust circumference

4) upper hip circumference (at the top of the pelvis)

5) lower/full hip circumference (it’s the widest circumference of your hips, often at the bottom level)

The next measurements are distances between these circumferences:

A) underbust to waist distance

B) waist to central bust distance (measure between your breast)

C) waist-to-upper-hip distance

D) waist to full-hip distance

E) distance from your waist to the desired length of your future gown.

Now a few measurements of your chest:

F) waist to bust curves distance

G) bust separation (distance between bust curves)

H) shoulder to waist distance (across the bust curves)

Then turn back:

6) shoulders width

7) back width (armhole to armhole)

8) Waist-to-armpit distance (while your hand is down). Please measure it 3-5 cm below your armpit fold, so that your future garment won’t hurt your skin

9) nape of nesk to waist (central back)

If you want your garment to have sleeves or a collar, we need also:

I) neck round the base of the nesk (a comfortable fit)

J) upper arm circumference, round the thickest part of the upper arm (measure while the arm is bent)

K) wrist, round the wrist at the bone

L) arm length (shoulders to wrist)