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How to Take Proper Sewing Measurements

When you’re inspired to fire up the sewing machine and design one-of-a-kind apparel, it’s easy to want to jump right into a project. However, without taking proper sewing measurements first, you could find yourself faced with some unfortunately ill-fitting results.

Taking accurate sewing measurements doesn’t take long if you know how to do it, and it’s a vital step when it comes to the fit of customized clothing. Ensuring you have the correct measurements in place is necessary, whether your plans have you drafting a project from scratch or working with a fitting pattern.

Establish the Basics

Before you ever sit down at the sewing machine or get into the decorative details of a garment, you’ll need to establish the measurement basics. Grabbing a measuring tape is step one and just about all you’ll need to get accurate results. 

It’s important to remember that you should take sewing measurements as close to the body as possible. To that end, it's advisable to wear close-fitting clothing, a leotard, or just undergarments during the measurement process.

When measuring yourself, standing in front of a mirror is an excellent way to ensure you’re positioning the measuring tape in the right places. There’s no need to pull the measuring tape too tightly. Instead, leave enough room for one finger to fit between the tape and your skin.

Measurement Specifics Before Hitting the Sewing Machine

Different parts of the body are measured differently. For example, it’s important to circle the entire body around the fullest area when measuring the bust.

The waist should be measured where the body naturally bends, while the hips should be measured around the seat, which tends to be the fullest part. 

You should take high hip measurements approximately three inches below the waist, while the front waist length runs from the shoulder to the waist, moving over the fullest part of the bust. When measuring back waist length, run the tape measure from the base of the neck to the center of the waistline.

Arm length measurement refers to the distance between the top of the shoulder to the wrist. You should always take this measurement while the elbow is bent to allow for movement considerations.

Once you’ve noted all of these measurements, you can purchase the appropriate pattern and get the sewing machine ready to go. Again, there’s peace of mind in knowing your efforts will lead to a well-fitted style.

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