Measuring Your Torso, Arms and Legs When Making Clothing

Is there a specific way to measure your torso before making clothing? Also your legs and arms?

Becky from Charleston, WV



September 9, 20060 found this helpful

Actually, I have a different approach. I get out the best fitting article (shirt, skirt, pants, etc.) I have. then I sit down and measure that to make a pattern.

For the body measurements:

Arm=from under arm or shoulder seam to bones that stick out on either side of the wrist at the end of the forearm

Leg inseam=from middle of crotch or garment crotch to length desired, since different types of pants have different lengths

Crotch length=In the midline, front and back to the crotch

Waist=at the natural waist

Hips=at the widest part of the hips

Chest=with bra on, at the widest part of the chest.

Front length=length from neck line to waist.

Back length=length from neck line to waist.

Here's the best reference handy.

Have fun.

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