♥ ~ Measuring Your Size for Couture ~ ♥
When measuring your size for couture garments, take your actual body measurements as they are more accurate than measuring from your clothes.
To achieve a true vintage looking silhouette, it is best to take your measurements wearing shapewear underwear. Shapewear garments are a great investment for maintaining good posture and balance, something which I feel is lacking in women’s deportment today. Have someone take your measurements for you following the guidelines illustrated below. Always check your measurement at least twice and NEVER take them immediately after a meal or exercise.
Take your measurements at the levels indicated in the illustration below:
Standing naturally with a straight posture, measure around the fullest part of your bust circumference making sure the tape measure sits comfortable under your arms and crosses your shoulder blades. The tape measure should be parallel with the floor. Do not slouch, keep your shoulders relaxed and straight and your head straight, looking forward.
Measure around your natural waist line, keeping the tape measure comfortable, not tight and not too loose. The tape measure must be parallel with the floor.
Standing with your feet together at shoulder width apart, place the tape around the fullest part of your hips parallel with the floor and at the top of your legs. If your thighs just below your hips are wider, it’s wise to take this measurement as well as it determine the best size. If there is a significant difference in hip and waist measurements, Mooshi recommends that you inquire about having the garment made-to-measure using the Bespoke by Mooshi service.
Back Neck to Waist:
Place the end of the tape at the base of your neck at the most prominent bone of your spine in this area. You will notice it when you bend your head forward. From this point, measure the distance down to your waistline, making sure the tape follows smoothly along the curvature of your spine. The length, along with sleeve lengths are commonly overlooked in adjusting sizes for mass produced ready-to-wear clothing. Mooshi can accommodate significant differences between this length and the standard back-neck length measurement in ready-to-wear orders.
These are the minimal measurements required for a ready to wear garment. Additional measurements will be required for a Bespoke by Mooshi service.
If you have any questions about taking correct measurements, please contact Mooshi and we will happily assist you.