Taking Measurements and Photos

Here’s a basic guide to taking accurate measurements and helpful photos. At some point during your ordering or online consultation process, you will need take both, and send them in through our measurement and photo submission form.

Accurate measurements are really important, since the fit of your finished garment can only be as good as your measurements. While it can be helpful to have someone to measure you, it’s entirely possible to do it yourself.

We need photos of you because measurements alone won’t tell us about your proportions and your shape.  

p.s. Pretty soon, we’ll be adding photographic and video measuring tutorials. In the meantime, if you get confused, just contact us and we’ll walk you through the process.

How to take consultation photos

(1) Put on something fitted that shows the normal shape of your body, like a leotard, fitted jeans or leggings, and a snug T-shirt or tank top. If you normally wear bra, you should do so in the photo as well, but try to avoid padded or minimizer bras that change your shape.  Avoid baggy shirts, trousers, or skirts that conceal your outline, as well as anything that actively compresses your figure enough to alter your outline (like elastic shapers). 

(2) You can take your own photo in a full-length mirror if you don’t have someone to take it for you, but do ensure that the final picture looks like you, not visibly foreshortened or distorted. This is how we gauge your proportions.

(3) Take full-length photos that shows you from the front, the side, and the back.  Your face doesn’t have to be in it if you don’t want, but we need your shoulders in the shot. Make sure you’re standing with your normal posture, not overly erect or hunched over.

Measuring accurately

(1) If you normally wear a bra, put it on. If you don’t, you can measure either directly on your skin or overfitted, thin garments that won’t significantly affect the measurements.

(2) Find a tape measure.  You can get them very cheaply at most supermarkets, hardware stores, dollar stores or fabric stores, among other places.  Grab a pen and some paper, and write down your measurements as you go. If you’re typing in your measurements into a device, do check for typos as you go! Trust us, it happens.

(3) If you have someone to measure you, great.  Otherwise, stand in front of a large mirror so you can see what you’re doing.

(4) For each circumference measurement, you will wrap the tape measure around your body, and pull it snug (enough so it won’t slide down or move around) but not so tightly that it digs into your skin.   Hold the tape measure so it remains level all the way around, parallel to the floor, not tilted up or down, unless otherwise specified.

(5) Chest: Measure around the largest part of your chest. If you have breasts, it’s wherever you stick out the most, and if you don’t, around nipple level will work.

(6) Upper Chest: This one is easier to show than to tell:

Upper Chest vs. Chest Measurements

(7) Rib Cage: Now measure around your body at the level where your chest turns into your abdomen. If you wear bras, this is around where your bra band sits.

(8) Waist: Measure around your body where your waist indents the most.  If your waist doesn’t indent, measure around your belly button level.

(9) High Hip: Measure around your body about three inches or so down from waist level from the last step.  Don’t worry about getting the position of this measurement too exact; we need it more for extra reference than anything.

(10) Full Hip: Measure around your body about seven inches down from waist level, or wherever your bum is fullest.  You don’t need to worry about getting the height level for this one too exact either.

(11) Height: Stand barefoot with your back to a wall or in a doorway.  Put a ruler (or a cereal box, or anything with a square edge will do) on top of your head and against the wall (so the ruler/box is square against the wall).  Make a mark on the wall where the bottom of the box touches the wall and measure from the floor to that mark.