Measuring tape - a mighty tool in the fashion industry. It’s the weapon that transforms fabric into fashion, the key to unlocking your perfect fit.
The best part: anyone can use this to create magic even in the comfort of their home. Let us guide you to the world of self-measurement.
How to read a measuring tape?
Before we jump into measuring ourselves, we should first get our basics clear. Measuring with tape might seem a little tricky at first. But trust me, it’s a cakewalk.
Grab a measuring tape. See those tiny lines and numbers written? Those are our guides. For millimeters, think about the smaller guys - there are 10 of them in a centimeter, so when you see a line between two big ones, that's a millimeter! Now, for inches - there are 12 of those in a foot. So, when you spot a line between two big ones, you've got yourself an inch.
Now, when you're measuring your waist for a new pair of jeans, hook the beginning of the tape onto one end and pull it across. Where the tape meets the other end is your measuring tape readings. Easy right?
If you are wondering why is knowing your perfect body measurement a big deal, read our blog on “Body Measurements: A Roadmap to Personal Style
Let’s get started with self-measurements.
Body Measurements via Measuring Tape
When taking body measurements, it's important to stand in a natural, relaxed posture with your feet together. Grab a flexible, non-stretchable measuring tape for accurate measurements.
Now, let’s get down to it. Take the basic body measurements such as:
- Chest/bust: Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your chest or bust, ensuring it's parallel to the floor.
- Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your waist, usually between the rib cage and the belly button.
- Hips: Glide the tap around the fullest part of your hips, typically 7-9 inches below your waist.
- Sleeve length: Start at the shoulder seam, and measure along the outside of the arm to the desired sleeve length.
- Neck size: Gently wrap the tape around the base of your neck, just below your Adam's apple.
Remember, precision is key. Carefully note down all measurements accurately and label them for future reference.
Clothes Measurement via Measuring tape
If measuring different parts of your body seems like a hassle, do not worry! You can find your accurate sizes through the clothes you already have!
- Length: Measure from the highest point of the garment (e.g., shoulder for tops, waist for skirts) to the desired length.
- Bust/waist/hip: Lay the garment flat and measure across the corresponding areas, doubling the measurement for the full circumference.
Remember, the golden rule while measuring - measure tightly but not too tightly. As it may hinder the proper size and shape of the garment, which might end up not fitting you!
And if you ever find yourself struggling through the process of measurements, don't hesitate to seek guidance. We, at WearVega, offer free online consultation. Here, we can help you out in getting your perfect body measurements and advice custom clothes based on your body shape and body measurements.
Read our blog on “How to take body measurements through clothing?” for more easy ways of measuring yourself.
If handling a measuring tape is not your cup of tea, you can try some modern ways of self-measurement. Explore "How to take perfect Body Measurements" to try out some modern ways of body measurements.
So, whether you're tailoring a new wardrobe or simply tweaking your style, embrace the art of self-measurement—it's the path to getting perfect tailored dresses just for you.