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To Measure or not to Measure?

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Yes, sadly that is the question. Why sadly? Because I must confess…it’s a bit annoying to take measurements. Yes I just said that.

To start sewing an outfit, the first thing you really need to do is get measurements. Yeaahhh, how fun right? Not.  It’s a bit tedious, but once you get this down, you usually don’t have measure again unless you gain/lose weight. So hopefully it’ll be a one time thing.

I’ve divided the measuring process into “measurements in the round” and “measurements lengthwise” to make it easier. The following pictures show the measurements you will need to take:

**Click the pictures to make them bigger**

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Front: Measurements in the round

1) Measure from front shoulder to shoulder.*Do not do this in the round* (when cutting add .5″ seam allowance)

2) Measure your “middle” armhole to armhole. *Do not do this in the round* (This will ensure great fit! Add a bit less than .5″seam allowance)

3) Measure the fullest part of your bust. (Add maybe an inch and a half(or more) for  comfort and also seam allowance.)

4) Measure your waist. To help find your waist, lean to one side and the crease you make is your waist. (Add inch(s) for comfort & seam)

5) Measure the fullest part of your hips. (again add a couple of inches for more comfort +seam)

Back: Measurements in the round

1) Measure your back shoulder to shoulder.*Do not do this in the round* (when cutting add .5″ seam allowance)

2) Measure your “middle” armhole to armhole *Do not do this in the round*(when comparing to the front, the back “middle” armhole length should be a bit wider)

Sleeve: Measurements in the round

1) Measure your armhole. (Add .5-1″ or more for comfort + seam)

2) Measure your bicep (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

3) Measure your elbow loosely (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

4) Measure your forearm (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

5) Measure your wrist (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

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Front: Measurements lengthwise

1) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to “middle” armhole

2) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to the fullest part of your bust.

3) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to your waist. (bend sideways to see where your waist is)

4) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to your hips.

5) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to the full length your what your outfit to be.

Back: Measurements lengthwise

1) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to the “middle” armhole

Sleeve: Measurements lengthwise

Measure armhole length. (usually 7-8.5″)

1) Measure from tip of shoulder to bicep

2) Measure from tip of shoulder to elbow

3) Measure from tip of shoulder to forearm

4) Measure from tip of shoulder to wrist

Oh! Before I forget, also measure your front neckline. How wide you want it and how deep.

**Also when cutting the garments use the measurements for the back to cut out both front and back pieces. And then differentiate front and back pieces by cutting the front to accommodate the bust.**

Moving on to Toddler/children measurements:

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**For toddlers, there isn’t really a differentiation between back and front.**

Front/Back Measurements in the round:

1) Shoulder to shoulder *Not in the round*

2) Width of neckline

3) End of armhole to armhole/ chest in the round. (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

4) Hips (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

Sleeve Measurements in the round:

1) Armhole (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

2) Bicep (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

3) Elbow (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

4) Wrist (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

Front/Back Measurements lengthwise:

1) Shoulder to armhole length

2) Shoulder to the length your want

Sleeve Measurements in lengthwise:

1) Tip of shoulder to bicep

2) Tip of shoulder to elbow

3) Tip of shoulder to wrist

** Also get the neckline measurements too, how wide you want and the depth. (I mentioned the width, but forgot to mention depth)

It’s hard to measure kids, so if they move around a lot you can use a shirt that fits them really well as a guideline.

That’s all for now. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy blogging! :)

 

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Author: Veiled Purl

I love to crochet, sew, and knit! =]

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