Methods of Taking Measurements

This post is to introduce the systems of measurement for garment making like measurements from direct system, divisional system and sample garment. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.

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I have always been enthusiastic about fashion designing. Learning never ends. As I keep researching and gathering more about body measurements, pattern making, pattern cutting and sewing; I get more and more thrilled.

Method of garment making is influenced by the traditional methods and preferences. Tantu is read by the people of about 140 countries across the world. All I can say, garment making varies from place to place.

You know, we have started dressmaking basics series after receiving requests from enthusiasts. The first post in the series was about Measuring Yourself Accurately For Good Fit. Let us know about the systems of measurement before we move to taking measurements. As much as I know so far, there are three systems for taking measurements:

  1. Direct system of measurement

Taking measurements directly on the figure is the simplest way. When following this system, almost all the measurements are directly measured. This system is used for dressmaking, which involves simpler construction method.

  1. Divisional system of measurement

As the name suggests, one or two important measurements are used to get required measurements. Bust measurement and/or height are used for this system of measurement. Divisional system is used in tailoring for tailored garments. Tailoring needs skill and experience. This system is uncommon in India, except for industrial use.

  1. Taking measurements from a sample

This is the most widely used method in India by the dressmakers. It is important to check the fit of the sample garment if the fitting is satisfactory. If you are a dressmaker, this is a must as it is you who will be cursed when the dress you have made doesn’t fit nicely.

More to add:

I am not sure that there are only three systems of measurement. I have excluded standard measurement charts from the list as they are usually edited for good fit. I would like to add that entire process from taking measurements till dressmaking slightly differs from place to place. As an Indian, I can tell that Indian and western methods are not alike. I am sure, cultural uniqueness can also be noted in dressmaking too. This post is open for all the Tantu readers from across the world to add any information about the systems of measurement. What say friend?

I am waiting for more interesting facts about systems of measurement across the world πŸ™‚

Take care!
Bye until the next post!



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A nature lover and dreamer who expresses herself as an artist, fashion designer and blogger. Persued B.Sc fashion design at Karavali College (Mangaluru University 2003 - 2006) with first rank. Former lecturer for fashion designing at Gloria College, Puttur for five years (2006-2011). Blogger since 2013.


  1. Thanks πŸ™‚ …These kind of topics are so very helpful …

  2. Useful!!… Thank you πŸ™‚

  3. Glad if this post is useful for you! My pleasure Asmithaaa πŸ™‚ TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  4. Great tips shared.
    Thank you!

  5. I am such an Ignoramus about all things related to tailoring, Sindhu πŸ™‚
    Nice that you are so talented! Learning new things from you πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much for your kind words Anita πŸ™‚ Glad that you find my posts interesting and worth to know… But, I don’t think that you are ignorant about dressmaking, may be you had not thought of it yet!

      TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  6. Interesting to learn about this topic – thank you for sharing your knowledge, Sindhu πŸ™‚

  7. Great information Sindhoo. It is said that service to Society is service to God. You are providing informative and creative ideas to one and all which is truly appreciable.

    • Thank you so much for your visit and kind encouraging words Fayazji… We are on somewhat similar mission! You are trying to educate people to gain internal beauty and I am trying to help people who want groom themselves externally… It means a lot when you appreciate my works πŸ™‚ TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

Your words make my day! Thank you!