Getting yourself measured for your dress can be more complicated than you think. It’s not as simple as just popping a tape measure around yourself and thinking the dress will be a perfect fit. For a start, do you know where you are measuring? Nape, hollow, bust point? Do you know what they need…..?
If you’re visiting a store they are going to take this headache away by doing the measuring for you and then comparing that to the size charts and making informed decisions along with their experience of the dresses and designers.
But let’s say you are ordering online……. Do you measure “with ease” or without? Are they going to add ease when they cut the dress? Where exactly do they want that hip measurement taken, upper hip, lower hip? And what if your thighs are bigger than your hips?! Under bust, over bust, bust point to bust point, there is a lot more than meets the eye.
I have measured girls buying internet dresses before and then have been shocked by what they have brought back to me for alterations! The dresses didn’t represent the measurements I had taken at all! Being in the know about these things that you can fall foul of, I drew pictures and added the measurements to the diagram. But even so, there is still an degree of inaccuracy involved that may mean your dress will need alteration even if you think it is ‘made to measure’.
My advice would be to find out exactly what measurements you do need to supply and whether you will need to add ‘ease’ or not. If you still do not know for sure, don’t pull the tape measure too tight. Measure yourself in the style of bra you wish to wear under your dress and do not be tempted to take any inches off! It won’t fit when it arrives!
The most common measurements that will be asked for are:
- Bust – measure the fullest part of your bust in a bra
- Under-bust – this is where your bra line follows
- Waist – your natural waistline, below your ribs and just above your belly button
- Hip – I would always measure the widest part of the hip if in any doubt (unless they specify a number of inches below the wait measurement)
Oh… and I know this sounds silly… check whether they are asking for inches or cm!
My best advice? Have your measurements taken by a professional to minimise these risks.
Until next time….