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Measuring (Part 2 of the Draft Your New Favourite T-Shirt Pattern Series)

In my previous blog post in the Draft Your New Favourite T-shirt blog series we started the process by gathering our supplies, and now we are ready to begin taking our measurements.

 

To begin taking your measurements you will need the following supplies:

  • Tight fitting clothing: Be sure you are wearing tight fitting clothes and the undergarments you plan to wear under your new t-shirt so your  measurements are accurate.
  • Your printed copy of your Body Measurement Cart
  • A pencil to write down your measurements
  • A ribbon or string to tie around your waist (you may want a second one to tie around your hips).
  • A tape measure

 

I will be going over how to take each of the measurements listed on the Body Measurement Chart in the order they are listed on the sheet, but you can take your measurements in whatever order you’d like as long as you have your waist marked.

When taking your measurements, hold the tape measure in place with one hand, and hold the other hand on the measurement so when you remove the tape measure from your body you will be able to see your measurement.

 

If you’d like to watch the video on how to take your measurements you can find it here.

 

Here are the measurements you will need:

Neckline Depth

Measure from high shoulder point straight down to the depth you would like your neckline to fall.

To measure your neckline depth you will need to place the end of your tape measure at the point where your shoulder meets your neck (called high shoulder point) and measure straight down to where you would like your neckline to fall. Be sure to measure straight down to an imaginary horizontal line from where the bottom of your neckline would be. Don’t measure across your body (at an angle) over to where your actual neckline falls.

The depth of your neckline is a matter of personal preference, but I like to have a neckline depth of between 7-8 inches.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

Neck (Circumference)

Wrap the tape measure around the base of your neck, to measure your neck circumference.

When taking your neck measurement, the tape measure should be loosely wrapped around your neck, skimming your collar bone. Again, use one hand to hold the end of the tape measure and the other to mark the measurement.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Bust

Wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of the bust to take your bust measurement.

When measuring your bust you want to try to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor. Using a full length mirror can help you to see if the tape measure is parallel to the floor.

When taking your measurements your don’t want to wrap the tape measure tightly. I usually slide my index finger under the tape measure to ensure I don’t wrap it to tight.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Bicep

Wrap the tape measure around your bicep without flexing.

Measure your bicep with your arm resting at your side. This bicep measurement should be taken approximately where you would like your sleeve to end.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Waist

Finding your waist:

Bend your body to the side to find your waist. Your waist is located where your side creases. Tie a string or ribbon around this point.

Your waist measurement should be taken at your natural waist. This is usually your smallest part of your waist, a few inches above the belly button. Bending to the side can help you to locate your waist if it is not obvious.

You will be taking several measurements using your waist as a reference point so we will tie a string or ribbon around your waist for consistency.

Measuring your waist:

Wrap the tape measure around your natural waist (where the ribbon or string is tied) to find your waist measurement.

Like when measuring the bust, be sure to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor. Wrap the tape measure loosely around your waist. You don’t want a tight measurement.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Neck to Waist

Measure the distance from your high shoulder point straight down to your waist.

Try to keep the tape measure taut, measuring as straight down as you can. Avoid measuring over top of your bust, but rather try to skim around one side.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Hip

Measure your hip circumference where you would like the hem of your shirt to fall.

If your desired hem is not the same as the shirt you are currently wearing, you might want to tie another string or ribbon around your hips so the hem/hip location is consistent.

This is another measurement where you need to try to keep the tape measure parallel to the floor.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Waist to Hip

Measure the distance from your waist, straight down to your hip.

Try to keep the tape measure taut while measuring this distance.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Back Width

Measure the distance across your back from armpit to armpit.

This is a very tricky measurement to take yourself. Try to stand up straight while taking this measurement. This is a measurement you may need to get help with. Getting an accurate measurement yourself might not be possible  

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Armscye Depth

Use your bust and waist measurement and the table below to determine armscye depth. This is the same table that is on your printed copy of the Body Measurement Chart.

Bust

Waist *Armscye Depth

28 ¼” – 30 ¾”

22” – 24 ½”

7 ¾”

30 ¾” – 33 ¼” 24 ½” – 27”

8”

33 ¼” – 35 ¾” 27” – 29 ½”

8 ¼”

35 ¾” – 38 ¼”

29 ½” – 32” 8 ½”
38 ¼” – 40 ¾” 32” – 34 ½”

8 ¾”

40 ¾” – 43 ¼”

34 ½” – 37” 9”

43 ¼” – 45 ¾”

37” – 39 ½” 9 ¼”
45 ¾” – 48 ¼” 39 ½” – 42”

9 ½”

48 ¼” – 50 ¾” 42” – 44 ½”

9 ¾”

50 ¾” – 53 ¼” 44 ½” – 47”

10”

Chart adapted from:

Aldrich, W. (2015). Metric pattern cutting for women’s wear. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

 

Sleeve Length

Measure your desired sleeve length from the end of your shoulder bone to where you would like the sleeve hem.

To find the end of your shoulder bone you can lift your arm out to the side and up. Feel your shoulder and you will feel a dent. This is where you should place the end of your tape measure.

 

Click here to watch the youtube video, starting with this measurement.

 

 

 

Now you have all of the measurements you will need to draft your new favourite t-shirt. Our next blog post will be on how to complete the calculations you need to start drafting your t-shirt!

I’d love to hear from you! How did you find the measurement taking process? Are there any measurements you are unsure about? To get in touch with me you can comment below, or post in our Facebook group.

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