Sizing

 

It’s All in the Details!

Custom Garment Sizes
With just a few simple steps you can have the garment of your dreams!

Dress Size
Shoulder
Bust
Waist
Hips
Sleeve Length Skirt Length
2 petite 14.5 36 26 36 22.5 24
4 small 14.5 37 26 37 22.5 24
6 small 15 38 27.5 38 23 24
8 small
15.5
39
28.5
39
23 24
10 medium
15.5
40
28.5
40
23 24
12 medium
16
41
29.5
41
23 24
14 large
16
42
30.5
42
23 24
16 x-large 16.5 43.5 31.5 43.5 23.5 24
Price of Plus Size is 15% more than regular size.
1x 17 45.5 35 47 24 24
2x 17.5 47.5 36.5 49 24 24
3x 18 49.5 38 51 24 24

Knowing your bust, waist, and hip measurements are key to having perfectly-tailored clothes. Other measurements, including inseam, shoulder width, sleeve length, wrist and biceps are used less often, but it’s handy to know them just in case. See Step 1 and beyond for instructions on taking all your measurements, so you’ll have them on hand next time when you’re shopping online or ordering custom-made apparel.

How to Measure

Be sure to measure bust, waist and hips a little loosely.  (For example: The tape measure should be loose enough so that it can move freely.)

Things You’ll Need

  • Soft (cloth) tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hardback book or flat object

1. Measuring Your Bust

To measure bust be sure to stand with your back straight in front of a full-length mirror.  Be sure to have good posture so that the measurements are as accurate as possible.   Wrap the tape measure around your back, across your shoulder blades and under your arms. Be sure to wrap around the fullest part of your bust.  If your bust is very full, to ensure an accurate fit, take an additional measurement of the chest from armpit to armpit.  The tape should be straight and parallel to the floor.  Be sure to place your thumb beneath the tape measure and keep yourself from pulling too tight, as this could give you an incorrect measurement. Record the measurement.

2. Measuring Your Waist

To get the correct waist measurement, make sure your underwear isn’t cinching your waist. You may need to remove it.  To identify your waist, be sure to stand straight and bend over to the front or side.  Make a note of where your body creases. This is your natural waist. It’s the narrowest part of your torso, generally located between your rib cage and belly button. Now, wrap the tape measure around your waist and be sure to keep it parallel to the floor. Do not hold your breath or suck your stomach in. Hold your body erect in a comfortable standing position to get an accurate measurement. Record the measurement.

3. Measuring Your Hips

Be sure to wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your hips and buttocks. This is usually located 7 to 9 inches below your natural waist. Keep the tape measure parallel to the floor. Bring the tape measure together in the center front. Be sure to prevent yourself from drawing it too tightly.  Record the measurement.

4. Measuring for Pants

This is used for dress slacks and other pants, and is especially helpful in determining the best length to search for. Remember to take your shoes’ heel height into account. Enlist the help of a friend if you can, or if no one’s around to help, select your best fitting pair of jeans to measure your inseam.

Measure your inseam.

  • Measure the inside leg. Ask your friend to use a tape measure to measure the length of your leg from your ankle up to the bottom of your crotch. You should be standing with your leg straight while this is done.
  • If you’re using a pair of jeans, extend the tape measure from the bottom hem straight up to the lowest point of the crotch area.
  • Record the measurement. Round the number up to the nearest half-inch and mark it down on paper.

Measure your thigh.

This measurement is most often used for stockings and custom-made pants.

  • Stand in front of a mirror with your legs slightly apart.
  • Wrap a tape measure around the thickest part of your thigh. Keep it parallel to the floor and taut, but do not pull so tight that it digs into your flesh.
  • Bring the ends together in the front of your thigh.
  • Record the measurement.

5. Measuring for Jackets

Measure your sleeve length.

  • Extend the tape measure to your outer shoulder, down over your elbow, and down to your wrist.  This measurement depends on your desired length.  (For example: elbow, wrist or short sleeves)
  • Record the measurement.

Measure your upper arm. Use this measurement when ordering a custom or tailor-fit top or dress.

  • Stand in front of a mirror with your arm extended outward.
  • Wrap a tape measure around the thickest part of your upper arm. Keep the tape measure somewhat loose, so that it does not dig into your skin.
  • Record the measurement.

Measure your shoulder width. This measurement is most often used for custom tops, blazers and tailored dresses.

  • Stand in front of a full-length mirror with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Extend the tape measure from the outer edge of one shoulder to the outer edge of the other. Keep the tape parallel to the floor.
  • Look at the number in the mirror or carefully bend your head to look at it without changing your posture.
  • Record the measurement.

Measure your middle back. This obscure measurement should be used only when the back is oversized.

  • Stand in front of a full-length mirror with your back straight and your shoulders relaxed.
  • Extend the tape measure from the widest part of the center back from armpit to armpit.  Keep the tape parallel to the floor.
  • Record the measurement.

6. Taking Measurements for Dresses and Skirts

Measure your dress length. This is, as its name implies, a measurement used in dress shopping and tailoring.

  • Ask a friend for help.
  • Stand with your back straight and your legs together in front of a full-length mirror.
  • Instruct your friend to hold the end of the tape measure from center back to bottom of desired length.
  • Direct your friend to extend the tape measure along the front of your body, over the fullest part of your chest and down to your knees or your preferred, desired hemline.
  • Record the measurement.

Measure your skirt length. This is a measurement used in skirt shopping and tailoring.

  • Ask a friend for help.
  • Stand with your back straight and your legs together in front of a full-length mirror.
  • Instruct your friend to hold the end of the tape measure at the center of your natural waist.
  • Direct your friend to extend the tape measure down to your knees or your preferred, desired hemline.
  • Hemline is determined including waistband.
  • Record the measurement.

Tips

  • If you feel comfortable doing so, ask a department store lingerie department or a lingerie store if they will measure your bra size for you. Many women have difficulty finding this size on their own.
  • Ask a professional tailor or seamstress to take precise measurements if you doubt the accuracy of your own.
  • Take your measurement a few days after or before your menstrual period to account for water weight.
  • Measure yourself after a large meal, like lunch or dinner, to get measurements for comfortably fitting clothes.

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