How to Take Body Measurement For Sewing

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Body Measurement For Sewing
Body Measurement For Sewing
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Mastering Precision: A Guide to Taking Accurate Body Measurements for Seamless Sewing

Embarking on a sewing project can be an exciting and rewarding endeavour. However, the key to a perfect fit lies in the accuracy of the body measurements taken. Understanding the dress form and meticulously measuring various aspects of the body is crucial for achieving a flawless fit. In this guide, we will walk you through the essential body measurements needed for sewing success.

I. Understanding the Dress Form

Before delving into the measurements, it's essential to grasp the nuances of the dress form. Observe the body's shape, identify hollow areas, and note the shoulder slopes. This understanding forms the foundation for accurate measurements.

Dress Form
Dress Form

II. Front Length Measurements

  1. Front Length: Measure from the shoulder-neck intersection to the waistline over the bust, ensuring to place a hand under the bust for precision.
  2. Centre Front Length: Measure from the centre front neck intersection to the centre front waist intersection.
  3. Shoulder to Waistline: Measure from the shoulder tip to the side seam waistline intersection, crossing over the sides.
  4. Underarm Seam: From 1 inch below the armhole to the waistline intersection at the side seam.

III. Shoulder and Bust Measurements

  1. Shoulder Length: Measure from shoulder-neck intersection to princess line and from princess line to shoulder tip.
  2. Width of Bust: Measure from the centre front over the bust to a designated point on the side seam.

IV. Front Waist and Hip Measurements

Dress Form Side View
Dress Form Side View
  1. Front Waistline: Measure from the centre front waistline intersection to the side seam waistline intersection.
  2. Front Hipline: Place a pin 7 inches below the waistline on the centre front line. Using this measurement from floor up, mark it horizontally on the dress form, continuing to the centre back (keeping it uniform throughout). Put a style tape for reference and call it hip line. On this line, measure the centre front intersection to the side seam intersection.

V. Apex and Princess Line Measurements

  1. Apex Measurement:Measure from the centre front to the high bust point, keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
  2. Centre Front to the Princess Line: Measure from the centre front intersection to the Princess Line intersection at the waistline.
Body Measurement for Sewing
Body Measurement for Sewing
Body Measurements for Sewing
Body Measurements for Sewing

VI. Back Measurements

  1. Shoulder Blade: Mark a point on the centre back and measure from there to the armhole ridge.
  2. Width of Back: Measure from a designated point on the side seam to the centre back.
  3. Back Waistline: Measure from the centre back waistline intersection to the side seam waistline intersection.
  4. Back Hip Line: Measure from the centre back intersection to the side seam intersection on the hip line.
  5. Centre Back Length: From centre back neck intersection to centre back waistline intersection.
  6. Centre Back to Princess Line: From the centre back intersection to the Princess line intersection at the Princess line waistline.

VII. Lower Garment Measurements

  1. Centre Front Length for Lower Garment: Measure from the centre front waistline intersection at the centre front down to the desired lower garment length.
  2. Centre Back Length for Lower Garment: Measure from the centre back waistline intersection at the centre back down to the desired lower garment length.

VIII. Full-Length Measurements

  1. Side Seam Length: From the waistline intersection at the side seam over the hip to the ankle.

IX. Other Detailed Measurements

Body Measurement for sewing
Body Measurement for sewing
  1. Crotch Depth: On dress form - Place an L-square between the legs of the form and note the measurement at the waistline. This measurement includes 1 ¼” ease as the L-square is generally 1 ¼” wide. On the body - In the seated position, measure from the waistline intersection at the side seam over the figure to the chair seat. (One needs to add ease here.)
  2. Knee Circumference: Round measurement over the knee bone.
  3. Ankle Circumference: Round measurement over the ankle bone.
  4. Cap Height: Tie a tape around the biceps of the arm close to the armpit. Cap height is from the shoulder intersection to the top of the tape.

X. Sleeve Measurements

  1. Sleeve Length:From shoulder intersection over the bent elbow to the wrist.
  2. Bicep Circumference:Round measurement over the fullest part of the arm.
  3. Elbow Circumference:Round measurement over the elbow.
  4. Wrist Circumference:Round measurement over the wrist bone.

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Conclusion

Taking accurate body measurements is a crucial step in achieving a perfect fit for your sewing projects. Careful observation and precision in measuring various aspects of the body and dress form contribute to the success of your creations. With these detailed measurements, you are well-equipped to embark on your sewing journey with confidence and assurance of a flawless fit.

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