Hi all –
In all of the wedding dress search, even an eco-friendly wedding dress search, one of the worst parts is taking measurements. We know this. No one wants to be reduced to a set of numbers, or even see them sometimes.
Even if the numbers hold no threat, it’s still freakin’ annoying. Most dressmakers assign a size to a set of measurements and call it a day. We’ve found that this can be frustrating and totally inaccurate. Few of us are a perfect size anything.
We hereby try to make this really easy, with pretty piccies. But if you have any questions, just ping us. We’re here. And if you can come to us in person, we can do it all for you.
Note: If you aren’t ordering a sleeved garment, then you don’t need the last four measurements. Strapless gowns can also omit measurement number 3.
Easy steps to a fabulously fitting frock :
Upper Chest Circumference – Measure around the chest under the armpits.
Chest Circumference :
Measure around the fullest part of the chest
Nipple to Nipple
Measure from nipple to nipple, straight across your chest. You can measure from above the nipples if that’s more comfortable.
Shoulder to Waist Length (front)
Measure from the top of your shoulder, down your front to your natural waist (above your navel)
Shoulder to Waist Length (back)
Measure from the top of your shoulder, down your back to your natural waist.
Upper Chest to Waist Length
With arms at your sides, measure from below your armpit (above your bra if you plan to wear one), down your side to your natural waist.
Measure the circumference at approx 2 inches above your navel; some people narrow at this place, some don’t. If you’d like the waist of your gown to sit a little higher or a little lower, no problem. Let us know.
To measure the hips, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your pelvis, including your derriere.
Waist to Floor Length
Measure from the natural waist to the floor. It helps to let the zero-inch/cm end touch the floor and read the measurement at the waist. If you know the shoes that you will be wearing, wear them or a similar heel height, but note that wearing different shoes later might affect the accuracy of the final hem length.
For sleeved garments only:
Shoulder to Elbow Length – Measure from top of shoulder to elbow, along the outside of the arm.
Arm Length (shoulder to wrist) – On the outside of the arm, measure from the shoulder bone to your elbow, then continue down to your wrist. Keep your arm bent and fingers relaxed.
Armseye (also called armscye) – Measure from under the arm, over the shoulder to under the arm again. For reference, you can use a close-fitting t-shirt and measure around where the sleeve joins the shirt. Hold the tape comfortably snug.
Bicep Circumference: Measure around the fullest part of the bicep with your arm flexed. In other words, do a Rosie the Riveter.
Try to be exact, since the more accurate the numbers, the better the fit. Remember that your measurements are only numbers; they will not be made public.
The fact is, that it’s rare for gowns to fit exactly without tweaking. Though our lace-up bodice is extremely helpful in addressing many figure variations, we can’t guarantee your fit if we don’t take the measurements ourselves. In that case, we expect that fine-tuning, if needed, would be completed locally.
Very Important! We cannot emphasize these strongly enough!
When taking your measurements, wear the undergarments that you plan to wear on the Day. This totally matters.
ALSO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY FOR THE STRAPLESS DRESSES: Be sure that your chosen undergarments give you sufficient support. If you are greatly concerned about support but you love a normally strapless design, we can add thin spaghetti straps easily at no extra charge.
When taking your measurements, have someone help you. The numbers will come out distorted if you try to do it all yourself.
Stand up straight and keep your eyes and head level. Don’t look down; this is a very common cause for incorrect measurements. Keep your weight evenly on both feet.
Please measure to the closest half-inch or half-centimeter. Lay the tape measure flat against your skin; don’t pull it tight or let it fall loosely.
It’s always easier to take in a garment rather than letting it out. If you must estimate at all, then try to err on the larger side. Remember that the lace-up bodice will help in a lot of the fine-tuning; you don’t need to guestimate the size you hope you’ll be when the Day comes.
Please note: even with a clear waist-to-floor measurement, it’s very difficult to get a correct hem length from numbers alone and we cannot be certain of accuracy without an in-person final fitting. If you are very concerned about the hem-length and can’t have a final fitting with us, then we’re happy to accommodate: you can have your wedding gown arrive to you partially hemmed. The lining will be fully hemmed and the outer shell edge will be simply finished, for someone local to hem while you are wearing your dress and shoes. This will preserve the fabric and save you the bother of re-doing a wrong hem.
You will need a newish cloth or plastic tape measure (old tape measures can stretch or shrink and metal tape measures aren’t flexible enough). Or you use a piece of string and then lay it next to a yardstick.
If your sides are significantly different (such as from sports, nature, or fiddle-playing), give us the measurements of both sides, noting both right and left.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here.