How to Measure
To make a garment that fits properly, you must begin by selecting the correct pattern size. Taking accurate body measurements is the first step in determining which size pattern is best for you.
Before taking your measurements, pin a narrow ribbon or twill tape around your waist; you will need this as a reference for several of the measurements.
In order to take exact measurements, wear only your underwear and use a measuring tape that has not been stretched. Stand up straight with your weight evenly distributed; your posture and balance should feel natural and comfortable. Do not hold your breath when taking measurements. Measure each arm and each leg separately since they may differ in length.
When taking vertical and horizontal measurements, keep the tape taut. When taking circumference measurements, keep the tape snug, but not tight; be sure the tape measure is level and parallel to the floor. Keep your fingers on top of the tape - never between the tape and your body.
By following the step-by-step photographs and directions; you'll take all the measurements you'll need to fit any style garment.