How to take measurements

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Things you need will be a measure tape and a friend to help you. It is easier and more precisely if somebody else takes your measurements then your self, because you should stand straight and not move around!

Here you can see one of those many measurement charts you can find online:

The most important thing about a measurement chart is that you can read it and it got all measurements, also for your future reference.
(You should always make sure if you want something to be custom made from a latex manufacturer that you are accurate with the measurement drawings they provide to you.)

TIP 1. The to be measured person shouldn’t be wearing more than underwear while taking measurements, to get exact results.

TIP 2. Take a ribbon or something similar, which you can bind around the waist. This is one of the anchor points where you´ll have to refer to the most of the time. (Makes it easier for you to find that point again!)

TIP 3. While taking measurements the measure tape should not hang loose around, but don’t pull to hard, just because latex is stretchable it doesn’t mean that you should tighten the measure tape as much as possible.

Some examples for taking the measurements:

1. Waist
Put the measurement tape around the waist ribbon and take the measurement from there.

2. Chest/Breast
For men it is usually enough to take just the measurements over the widest point of the chest. For women you should take the over bust, bust and under bust to make it precisely.

3. Hips
Measurements for the hip should actually be taken at the point where your hip bones are (you will be able to feel them, two bones to the left and right), but in a lot of the cases you will see on measurement charts that they take the hip measurements a little further down. In that case they actually ask for the widest point. No problem! Just take the measure tape a little further down, so that you also get your bum in there.

4. Neck to waist
Take your head down to your chest and try to feel in the back of you neck that big bone sticking out, this is the point from where to measure.

5. Arms
Your arms should hang loose and relaxed while taking measurements.

6. Head
Head measurements are taken just above the ears.

Tutorials and how to December 13th 2008

3 Responses to “ How to take measurements ”

  1. Keith Says:

    Hi Kitty, this website is wonderful and will help lots of people, so many thanks!
    One tip with making measurements is to cut a long strip of paper about 4 cm wide and hang it down from the top of the line you are measuring (like from the neck down to the top of the thighs). Then you write all the measurements (like above the bust, bust, below the bust, waist…) on the paper strip. That way you have the vertical position correct and its easy to transfer onto a pattern. Write the name of the person on the paper strip and it’s easy to keep it for next time.
    hugs, Keith

  2. jak Says:

    How much would you recommend scaling measurements down with 0.6 mm latex to get a tight fit as shown in your tutorials?

  3. Latex Kitty Says:

    It depends. 0.6 mm is quite “thick” for really thight fitting clothing. I would definately not recommend to scale it down around the neck, wrist, knee and arm pits, and ankles. For the rest like biceps, underarm, waist, thigh, calf … I would like to give a tip: make your own meassurementband out of the latex thickness you would like to use. Just a 1,5 m long 0.6mm latex strip and measure your body with that. When meassuring tightned your latexstrip so that it is comfortable for you and according to the desired thightness of your garment. That will help you to find the right “tightness”, since some areas can be scaled more down than others. I hope that helped.

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