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I’m often asked how one would measure themselves for custom garments to get the best fit, so I thought I should share some advice for measuring yourself.  I strongly recommend that one gets their measurements taken by an experienced person, but if you follow these guidelines, you should be able to get the right measurements.

For custom gowns you will need the following measurements:

  • Bust
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Dress Length

It’s also advisable to provide your bra size (hopefully you’ve already been custom fitted for a bra and are wearing the correct size!) and your arm width if you are wearing a gown with sleeves or a jacket.


Measure the bust line at the fullest part of your chest. Stand naturally with your heels together and arms resting by the side of your body. Position the tape so that it covers the widest part of the back and the fullest part of the chest.


Place your hands at your natural waistline. This is where the tape should be positioned. If you can not find your natural waist, stand with your feet slightly apart and bend to the side. Where your waist creases is the natural waist.


Stand naturally with your heels together in a relaxed pose. Measure with the tape around the fullest part of the hips. Do not pull the tape tight.


Make sure that you have on shoes similar to the height of the ones you’ll be wearing with your garment.

1.From shoulder to waist.
2.From waist to top of foot (or desired length)

1. From bottom of your neck (where your neck meets your shoulders) to your waist.
2. From waist to floor.


For gowns with sleeves or jackets, I suggest taking the following measurements to ensure a good fit.

1. Stand with your arm out and measure the circumference of your biceps (the widest part of your upper arm).
2 For gowns/jackets with 3/4 length sleeves: measure the circumference of your arm below your elbow.
3. For gowns/jackets with full length sleeves: measure the circumference of your wrist.

If you have these measurements down, you will certainly be on your way to a custom couture fit!