A guide to measuring your body correctly for pattern fitting.
The best way to measure yourself is using a flexible tape measure and even better, ask a friend to help!
For most top and dress patterns you will need to measure three main areas, bust, waist and hips. When measuring the bust, ensure the tape measure is flat and placed on the largest part of your bust, keep the tape measure level all the way around your body, that’s where a friend comes in handy!
When measuring your waist, place your hands on your waist with your thumb at your and bend side to side, where your body naturally bends is where your waist is. This is usually a little above your belly button. Again ensure the tape measure is kept level and even.
To measure your hips you need to place the measuring tape around the largest part of your bottom.
For pants the areas you will need to measure include waist and hips as mentioned above and also inside and outside leg seam. In order to acheive the best fit it is also advised to measure the front and back rise. For this you could use a pair of existing pants that have a nice fit on your body and measure them for guidance.