How to measure yourself
Important: Please ensure all measurements are correction and are a true likeness to your body, as made-to-measure garments are non-exchangeable or refundable. We offer a complimentary alteration service. However, the alterations that can be done to a custom made garment are limited, if incorrect information is provided.
Bust: Measure the circumference of your bust, at the fullest point of the bust (not under the bust). Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front) to get the measurement.
Waist: While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. The crease that forms is where your natural waist is located; measure there. Use the tape to circle your waist (sort of like a belt would) at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage.
Hips: Standing with your feet together, measure around the fullest part of the hips. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks. Because making sure the tape is level back there can be hard, try to do it in front of a mirror.
Hollow-to-Hem Measurement (Length): Your hollow-to-hem measurement is determined by measuring from the centre of your collarbone (hollow) to the bottom (hem) of the intended length of your dress. It’s very important that you wear shoes with a similar heel height to those you will be wearing with your gown, and you will also need to take into consideration the fullness of your gown’s skirt. For example, if your gown is an A-line with a full skirt, you will need to move the measuring tape away from the body to ensure that your gown will be the correct length.
Inseam: This is the distance from the uppermost inner part of your thigh to the bottom of your ankle or inner heel, depending on where you would like the trousers to sit. You may need some additional assistance to obtain this measurement correctly.
The proper inseam on a pair of trousers will depend on the height of the heel you’ll be wearing with them.
Thigh: Measure the circumference of the fullest part of your thigh. Wrap the tape measure around your thigh from front to back and then around to the front.
Upper arm: Measure the circumference of your arm. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your upper arm from front to back and around to the start point.
Sleeve length: You may need to get help for this one because it’s hard to do yourself. Place your hand at your waist (your elbow should be bent at a 90-degree angle). Then start at the middle of the back of your neck and measure to your shoulder, down your arm to the elbow, and then on to the wrist.