First things first. Our teacher is switching us to the metric system in this drafting class. It’s been hard. But we think it will be worth it. But, we are showing you in inches today just because it is convenient and ultimately more of what we know here in the States.
Also, you want to measure yourself in your underclothing….and nothing else.
Now, put your measuring tape around your back and up under your armpits. You should be able to hold the measuring tape tight with your arms down because it is being held so tight right in your armpits. Next, have someone bring the measuring tape around the front to the fullest part of your bust. And record the measurement. For this dress-form lady, the bust is 34 inches.
Taking a waist measurement.
Ok, this may sound simple but first—you have to find your waist. And well most of us are using the wrong measurement….because we don’t wear things at our waists!
So, here’s how to find your waist. Stand with your hands on your hips and bend to the side. (Think Richard Simmons here.) Where your side bends (and it is probably a lot higher than you think) is your ACTUAL waist. Mark that spot with your finger. Now take the tape and measure around this line. Record your measurement. This little dress lady is 26.5 inches.
Taking your hip measurement.