(Closed) Measurement tips?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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1113 posts
Bumble bee

This is partially a BUMP to help you out, but make sure you use a very flexible and reliable CLOTH measuring tape when you take your measurements. 

Take them multiple times so you make sure you get them totally correct, too.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Actually, I wouldn’t recommend using a cloth measuring tape, since they can stretch out over time and you won’t get accurate measurements!  Use a plastic, flexible, dressmaker’s measuring tape.

Have someone else measure you – you cannot get accurate measurements by doing it yourself.  Your bust is the fullest part of your chest; don’t hold your arms up too high, lift them just enough so the person measuring can get around you…more like a penguin than a flying bird (LOL).  Your waist is the smallest part of you and your hips are the widest, usually 7-9″ below the waist.

For your hollow to hem measurement, wear shoes that are the same height that you plan to wear for the wedding.  They don’t have to be the actual shoes you’ll be wearing, but they should probably be within 1/2″ of the shoes you end up with.

I haven’t ordered from that particular shop, but as a general rule, I wouldn’t add anything to your measurements.  Hopefully someone who has experience with them can chime in!  Folks who custom make clothing should know to add in wearing ease (AKA a bit extra room so the garment is comfortable) and it’s diffifult to fit a dress to a body without them being present, so be prepared to pay for alterations if need be.

Post # 6
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3248 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@jujubee8:  Here’s a graphic that will hopefully help you out:

Line D and E are, of course, the bust and waist lines. For hips, measure at line G– the widest part of your hips/bottom. Do you need to measure anything else? This chart shows things pretty well, I think (and I’m a seamstress), but it doesn’t label what they’re called. Feel free to ask me for more info about measuring if you need to!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jujubee8:  I googled “how to measure hollow to hem” and this was the first result:  http://www.weddingshoppeinc.com/BridalTerm.aspx?ID=437

You need to measure from your back neck to the hem of the gown, not the front, so if you want the hem to skim the ground you should definitely put shoes on and measure from your neck to the floor, or wherever you want the hem to end.

The woman you’re consulting with will probably go through what you need to do in order to get your measurements – I would just wait to hear what she has to say, really.  Bring up the concern about it possibly being too small if you submit your correct measurements, too.  She may add more ease automatically based on your concerns.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@jujubee8:  Line N is right for hollow to hem, if by “hollow” the hollow at the front base of one’s neck is implied (I don’t know what else it would be. . . sorry, I’m a bit tipsy and possibly my memory is not as good as it usually is).

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jujubee8:  Wow, that’s embarassing…seems like I need to learn how to read.  I’ve never measured for a wedding dress, so I guess I’m talking out of my butt!  When I make clothes for myself, the patterns always measure the length of the garment from the base of the back neck; guess it’s different with bridal.

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