In the Previous blog "Introduction to Sewing: How to take Exact Measurements" We discussed the importance of taking accurate measurements, whose outcomes are not only precise and perfectly chiseled dress but also renders you a perfectly sculpted look.
In this lesson, we detail you how to take measurements. Everybody knows this and acknowledges the fact that everybody has their unique body size. And ready-made clothes although create clothes in dozen for sizes small, medium and large, but there may be sometimes, you have have large arms, and petite body, and many other things that does not deter manufacturers to cut and sew according to your peculiar size.
One more thing, sewing not only saves huge seamstress fee but is also a hands on skill that can be very very precious and productive in future. So, it is good to introduce it to your children.
In the above picture Front and back figures are labelled. Like bust, waist etc.
It is always good to start measuring the bigger measurements such as Length, bust, waist etc.
So lets start with upper body, Measure your bust as outlined in the figure, round the tape and measure, this also serves as your width of the garment.
Waist: now round the tape around your waist where you have tied a cord and record your measurements.
Neck: Many people commit mistake while measuring neck, the tape should be placed just above the collarbone in front and on the base of the neck at the back.
Shoulder: For this see picture above, just measure from the neck joint to the arm joint. DON'T MEASURE FROM ARM JOIN TO ARM JOINT.
Front waist length: Place your tape at the highest point of the shoulder to the waist line. Remember your waistline is where cord ends. (Refer the above Picture: shoulder to waist)
Shoulder to Bust: place the tape at the similar point as placed whilst measuring shoulder to waist and place it at the tip of the bust, that shal be your shoulder to bust measurement.
Distance between bust points: Now measure in horizontal direction, the distance between the two bust points.
Back Width: Now refer to picture 2 that has a labelling back width, measure from arm hole to arm hole.
Back waist length: place tape at the nape of your neck and drag towards the waist, where your cord line ends. (don't take your cord too big in size 1/4 inch should do).
Arms Eye Depth: Measure from base of neck at centre back to a point directly below it an in level with the bottom of the arm where it joins the body.
Upper Arm circumference: Tape around your fullest arm and record your upper arm circumference.
Lower Arm: This can be where you want your sleeve to end, like for a short sleeve measure just above the elbow, or for three forth length sleeve below your elbow and for full, leave 3 cms and measure your arm below elbow.
Wrist: Measure around the wrist, make sure not to tightly, just you want your sleeve to fall.
Sleeve Length: For short sleeve, measure from tip of the shoulder to the top of your arm, or elbow length sleeve, measure from tip of the shoulder to the top of the arm to elbow joint, for full length, bend the elbow slightly and measure from tip of the shoulder to the back of wrist, passing tape over the elbow point, bend.
This ends our lesson of how to measure upper body, attached below is a video which shows how to draw these measurements on the fabric. or draft it on the paper.
This is an amazing video which will cover all the points that we have covered in this article. People say learning how to sew online can be a meticulous job as there is no one to show it live, so, we bring you theory + live experience so, that it is absolutely clear for you.
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Until Next Time, Prendre Soin.