Accuracy of body measurements is essential to a great fit, because measurements are the very foundations by which the block pattern is constructed. On the other hand, it is also important to know how to apply those measurement when making a block pattern, since the latter serves as your basic guide to cutting whatever fabric you intend to sew.
If you are sewing for yourself, it would be best to have someone else take your measurements. Still, it is something you can do yourself by standing in front of a mirror. That way, you will be able to check if the tape measure is in the right position.
Important Pointers to Keep in Mind. When Taking Body Measurements
Whether taking your own body measurements or that of another person, make sure
- you are making circumferential measurements on a body with as few clothes as possible; either over tight-fit, next-to-skin clothing or undergarments. Taking measurements while wearing thick or bulky clothes makes a big difference. By the way, circumferential measurements are those carried out by wrapping the tape around a particular part of the body, such as the bust, waist, high hip, full hip, neck, biceps or wrist.
- that when in the process of taking circumferential measurements, you are not pulling the measuring tape too tightly. Neither should the tape be wrapped loosely around the area being measured. A good circumferential measure is one where you place a finger under the tape once you wrapped it snugly around the body. .
- to keep the tape parallel to the ground when taking circumferential and horizontal measurements.
- that if you are taking measurements on another person’s body, be on the right side of that person.
- to measure the bust all around where the breasts are fullest. .
- to take a waist measure at the area where the body bends, or that area between the rib cage and belly button.
- to take a hip measure at the fullest area, which is about 3 to 4 inches below the waistline.
- to start the front to waist measure from the shoulder right beside the base of the neck, down to the waist, whilst passing over the fullest part of the breast.
- to start the back waist measure from the base of the center down to the waistline.
Most important of all is to make certain you are using an accurate tape measure. You wll be surprised to know that some of the cheapest kind were found to be shorter by ¾ inch on every foot. .