Saturday, April 14, 2012

A to Z 2012 - M

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Life is getting in the way this weekend
(I'm at Yiayia's & Papou's rolling Dolmades and preparing
for their Greek Easter celebration tomorrow!)
 I'm totally cheating on the 'M' post.
I've written about Measurements before on my blog.
Today's post is a modified excerpt from a previous post.

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. 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.
Use a chart, such as this one from The Golden Hands Complete Book of Dressmaking, to record your measurements.
ALWAYS use your measurements to determine the size pattern you need. The pattern size will most likely be a number much higher than your RTW size. Don't cheat and try to go down a size or two in the pattern. Let your measurements guide you in the correct choice. Just to give you an idea how different sizes can be, you may wear a size 6 in RTW fashion; however, in a sewing pattern you may need a size 14 or 16.

One last thought...even if you do not sew, it's nice to have your measurements recorded. Keep them (and your kids' measurements!) with you when shopping, along with a retractable measuring tape (99¢ purchase), and you will always have a good idea whether or not something will fit before trying it on in the dressing room.
Have you had your measurements taken?
Happy Saturday!

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