When it comes to clothing that we wear rarely do we fit perfectly into clothes that are readymade. This is because these are stitched keeping in mind a set of standard measurements that may not apply to use fully. No matter what sensational and sensual satin dresses to make you shimmer that you purchase, it will not work if it does not fit well. Fashion sketches for a preview of how lovely the designs can be may not make it beyond the drawing board without the support of the tailoring services.
To get the most of out of getting your clothing tailored, you will need to know the difference between modern sizes and vintage sizes but beyond that you also have to know the best way to get measured. That is why we give you a guide to ensure that you are measured right.
The first step to get the right measurement is to start with wearing the bare minimum of clothing like some good underwear and a well fitting outfit like pants and top or a short dress that fits really well.
Note every measurement you take and to ensure that you do not miss any of these measurements, have a pencil and paper ready to make quick notes. If possible have a friend assisting you to do this. Also make sure that you are familiar with the measuring tape and do not confuse one measure with another.
Do make sure that you treat this experience with the due importance that it requires.
Height: Starting from the shoulder to your ankles, will indicate the height that you will require for full length clothing.
Across the chest: To do this, ensure that you are not slouching and that you do not measure the width too loose but also ensure that you are holding in your breath or measure it too loosely.
Waist and hips: Measure around the waist at the narrowest bit to ensure that you get it right and do not suck in your gut while doing so. In the same way the widest part of your body just above the legs is the area that will indicate the hip area. Once again do not hold your breath when you measure this bit.
The lower waist: This is the point between the hips and waist and you need to measure
the circumference of this area too.
Bust to shoulder: Take a measurement of the length from the point of your neck meeting the shoulder to the point where you measured the largest part of your breasts.
Waist to neck: This is another measurement that will come in handy and you need to measure the length between the neck to your waist.
The width of your shoulders: Measure from one end of the shoulder (where your arm begins) to another for this bit.
Round the neck: Measure the round of your neck
Upper back measurement: This needs to be from the center of the neck base to the waist area but from the back instead of the front.
Arm width and length: Measure the length of the arm from start to wrist for full length, to the elbow for half sleeves, to the middle of the half arm for a short sleeve and also the width starting from the base of the arm. Do measure the width at other points as well/
Waist to floor length: Measure the length between the waist area to the ankle to get an idea of the full skirt length for your body.
The next time you go shopping, you can take these measurements with you to ensure a good fit. Now that we are all armed with smartphones and other devices like tablets, you can save these measurements there and have them to readily refer as and when needed.