Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Back 2 Basics...Measurements

Good Day!
It's Tuesday, and time to chat about the basics
we've seemed to ignore as life has progressed.
Let's challenge ourselves to incorporate some of the basics 
back into our daily living.
Today's basic is all about...Measurements

Even if you are not a fashion sewer, this basic is important. How many times have you gone shopping for a family member, held up a pair of pants or top, and tried to surmise whether or not it would fit that person? What about being in a hurry and not wanting to take the time to run to the dressing room to try something on for yourself? Measurements will help alleviate some of that worry. First things first, bloggy friends.

Image from - Vogue Fabric Store

Spend the $.99 on the retractable measuring tape, and carry it with you when you leave home!

I promise you will not only thank me for this fabulous piece of advice, you will actually find more uses for this little gadget than you realized.
You'll be pulling out the handy tape at places other than the clothing store. Someone will inevitably ask, "I wonder how long this is?" and you'll be able to give them the answer! The retractable tape can be found at any sewing or hobby store. Now, on to Measurements.

Why are Measurements so fundamental? For sewers, accurate measurements will most likely be the deciding factor in successful fashion sewing. According to the The Golden Hands Complete Book of Dressmaking, "the important point to aim for in dressmaking is to achieve  a really perfect fit." You must know "exactly what your personal measurements are before you begin."

In order to obtain your measurements, you'll need to wear a smooth-fitting dress, or top and pants, such as exercise clothing. Measuring in your skivvies will ensure the most accurate numbers. Just be sure to close the windows before you begin. J If you have a trusted and non-judging friend, this is the time to call them for help.

Take a piece of 1/2" seam binding or tape and pin it around your natural waistline. This will help you obtain exact bodice length measurements. When measuring, allow the tape to be pulled close to your body, though not too tight. You've heard the old adage, "Measure twice, cut once." Well, that applies to sewing too. Take your measurements twice for accuracy.

Here's a very detailed measuring chart from The Golden Hands Complete Book of Dressmaking...click here to download from Google Docs and print.


1. Take your measurements.

2. Take measurements of each family member.

3. Keep a record of the basic measurements (bust, waist, hips, leg & arm length) with you.

4. Keep your retractable tape measure with you at all times.

Congratulations! You're now Back 2 Basics in Measurements.

You'll be so glad to have these when you go shopping! Forget about looking at sizes anymore. You'll have exact measurements with you. No more worrying about dragging the kids along with you to find clothes. I do recommend you take children's measurements every Season. They grow so fast, don't they? And if you're a sewer, you'll want to keep your measurements with you when shopping for patterns. No more wondering what size pattern to purchase. Use your measurements to determine the pattern you need.

Have you taken your measurements before?
Do you purchase patterns and clothing
based on your measurements?
Happy Measuring
Happy Tuesday!

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