How to Take Ladies Body Measurements in Different Parts of the Body
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Important of Body Measurement:
In order to construct garments fitting well, ladies body measurements must be taken with precision. You can draft original patterns based on these measurements which can be used as the basis of a variety of styles. You may buy commercial patterns, but to select the pattern of correct size and later to make pattern adjustments to fit your figure you have to know your own measurements.
Preparation for Measuring:
For taking the measurements, use a good quality measuring tape which is sturdy and will not stretch. The metal end of the tape should be used for vertical measurements and the other end for horizontal and circumference measurements. The measurements should be taken over a smooth fitting foundation garment and never over bulky garments. Before taking measurements, tie a cord or string around the waist. Next, take ¼” wide tape and cast it around your armhole. This will make it easier to measure width of shoulders, armscye depth etc. Stand erect with the arms hanging straight at the sides while measurements are being made by some one else. Take snug measurements rather that tight or loose ones. Hold the tape parallel to the floor for horizontal measurements, and perpendicular to the floor for vertical measurements. As the measurements are taken, record them in a note book.
Ladies Body Measurements:
The various positions on the body where measurements are to be taken are shown in Fig.
Bust: Measure around the fullest part of the bust raising the measuring tape slightly to a level just below the shoulder blades at the back.
Waist: Measure snugly around the waist (where you tied the cord) keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
Neck: Measure around the neck, passing the tape just above the collar bone in front and along the base of the neck at the back.
Shoulder: Measure from the neck joint to the arm joint along the middle of the shoulder (A to B in Fig.a).
Front waist length: Measure down from neck at highest point of shoulder to waist line through the fullest part of the bust (A to C in Fig.a).
Shoulder to bust: Measure down from highest point of shoulder to tip of bust (A to D in Fig.a).
Distance between bust points: Measure in the horizontal direction, the distance between the two bust points (D to E in Fig.a).
Back width or across back measurement: Measure across the back from armhole to armhole about 3 inches below base of neck (P to Q in Fig.b).
Back waist length: Measure from the base of neck at the center back to waist line (R to S in Fig.b).
Armscye depth: Measure from base of neck at center back to a point directly below it an in level with the bottom of the arm where it joints the body (R to T in Fig.b).
Upper arm circumference: Measure around the fullest part of the arm.
Lower arm: Measure around the arm at desired level corresponding to lower edge of sleeve.
Elbow circumference: Measure around the arm elbow.
Wrist: Measure around the wrist.
Sleeve length: For short sleeve length, measure down from tip of shoulder at top of arm to desired length of sleeve (B to F in Fig.a). For elbow length sleeve measure from top of arm to elbow point (B to G in Fig.a). For full length, bend the elbow slightly and measure down from top of arm to back of wrist passing the tape over the elbow point (B to H in Fig.a).
Waist: Same as for bodice.
Hip: Measure around the fullest part or the hip horizontally. (This level will be bout 7 to 9 inches below the waist for an average figure).
Waist to hip: Measure down from waist at center back to fullest part of the hip (S to U in Fig.b).
Skirt length: Measure down the center back from waist to desired length of skirt (S to V in Fig.b).