Every sewing pattern company uses its own method for drawing patterns. Thus, each method uses their own body measurements. Please, see bellow how to take body measurements that are used in my patterns. Only after you have measured the body, you can look up in the size tables above and determine the best size fit.

Body points

Before taking body measurements we must identify a few body points:

  • (1) Neck point at shoulder – the intersection formed at the base of the neck line and the shoulder seam. From the front view, this point is at the angle formed by the neck line and the shoulder line.
  • (2) Bust point – the most prominent point on the bust.
  • (3) Shoulder point – the point formed by the intersection of the shoulder seam with the armhole. You can determine this point by pressing your finger in this area while the person lifts and lowers the arm. The point is where you can feel the bone lump when the arm goes down.
  • (4) Neck point at the back – this is the 7-th vertebra. To find this point, bend the head slightly forward while touching the spine. The point is where the bone feels like a lump.
front body points for dress
back body points for dress

Body measurements

body height
  • Height – measure from top point above the head to the floor. Do not wear high hills shoes.
body girths
  • Bust – the measuring tape surrounds horizontally the body. The tape must cover the bust points.
  • Waist – The measuring tape surrounds horizontally the body in the smallest part of your torso. A lot of people measure this where pants end which can be at the belly button. This is not right! For patterns with low waist, the line is modified by the designer.
  • Hip – measure this around the fullest part of your hip/butt area.
  • Upper arm circumference – place the tape as height as you can, under the armpit, around the arm.
body front length
  • Front waist length – the tape starts from the neck point at shoulder, crosses the bust point and goes down to the waist line.Keep the tape in a straight line, do not follow exactly the body under the bust.
body back length
  • Back length – the tape starts from the neck point at the back and ends when it meets the waist line. The tape follows the (curved) back exactly.
arm length
  • Sleeve length – to take this measurement, bend the arm a bit. This measurement must NOT be taken on a straight arm. The tape starts from the shoulder point and follows the arm exactly and ends at the wrist.