Find useful tips for taking accurate measurements yourself and some facts about achieving better fitting in your garments. This post puts light on the measuring systems used in dressmaking and tailoring. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.
Namaste my dear Tantu Enthusiast!
How are you? I am doing good, peeping thought the window to see the moody Pune sky and anticipating some rain. Yes, yes! I have a lot to say about some rarely known fact about taking body measurements before actually talking about taking measurements. Let me share the happiness with you, this is the first post in the dressmaking basics series as I had promised about some tutorial posts for you in the last post. Dear Bunny, I had thought of dressmaking basics series only after receiving your requests 🙂 So, thank you!
Important things to remember while getting measured:
We all have let our dressmakers and/or tailors to take our measurements. And hundreds of times scolded them for improper fitting. But, do you know, most of the times it is because of inaccurately noted measurements? So, today, let us see how to take exact measurements so that we increase the possibility of better fitting in your dress.
Be happy and healthy
Don’t force yourself to get measured when you are hungry or sad or ill. You are likely to put on or lose weight when you get well. So get well first. Your mood influences the accuracy of measurements. Because, when you are in good mood, you are more comfortable and normal. Thus, you can stand normally.
Yes, you need to be free to stand normally (not too erect not too free) to get properly measured.
Stand in front of a mirror
Ah! Who doesn’t want to stand in front of a mirror? And don’t ask about ladies!!! Standing in front of a full-size or three-quarter size mirror helps you to keep your posture normal. It also helps you and the measurer to avoid any possible mistakes in measuring.
Are you feeling awkward and cursing me? Experts say so! I know, it is impossible for most of us unless we are measuring ourselves. Wear minimum possible but well-fitting clothes. It is must to wear right sized and rightly shaped inner wears beneath your closely fitting and comfortable garment.
I suggest you to wear good inner wears instead of wearing nothing when you are measuring yourself as good inner wears add good shapes.
Ask any doubts you have. Seek out the measurer’s help for any problems. It helps the dress makers to identify and solve if any.
How to measure yourself?
You know yourself the best. You know what suits you and what not. You know the deviations you have, if any. You know which styles comfort you and which you would like to give a try. If you want to seek experts’ help also follow your instincts to finalise. Choose the design. Take required measurements accordingly.
- Make sure that you are following all the above mentioned points. i.e., Be happy and healthy. Be Free. Stand in front of a mirror. Wear minimum possible but well-fitting clothes.
- Take measurements in a comfortable order and record them in a systematic way. Take measurement every time you are buying/making/getting made a dress if possible, to be more accurate. Compare the previous records every time to note any changes.
- Take a tape measure that is flexible. Yard sticks can only be used for measuring your height.
- Let the measuring tape be straight and firm while measuring. It should not hang down or stretch.
- Always place your index finger and middle finger beneath the tape next to the body while taking girth (=round the body parts) measurements. This is to add minimum ease.
- You can use metric system (centimetres) or imperial system (non-metric system, i.e., inches). For more accuracy, metric system is preferred than inches. As a fashion design student, I was taught to follow metric system. In India, dressmakers usually use inches.
- Take measurement twice in case of any confusion.
Always try to follow most of the points listed here. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? Hope this post serves you the best! Please share your views and any tips that are not mentioned here.
Bye until the next post!