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It is extremely important that you know your true measurement when ordering online. The easiest way to take measurements is with a cloth measuring tape (available at any clothing store or in sewing departments at any superstore (i.e. Wal-Mart). DO NOT use a metal tape measure….your last option is to measure with a heavy string which you fit tightly around waist, bust etc. and then pin down on flat surface and use ruler or metal tape to measure string. Sometimes I tie a string or elastic at the waist while I am taking measurements for a reference point to some of the other measurements. NEVER pull the tape too tight, be completely honest with yourself or the result will be a garment that doesn’t fit properly. Take your measurements in your undergarments (panties-bra) just as you would wear with the garment.

Compare your measurements with the sizes listed with our garment description. All garments were measured on a real body, or on the dress form. We did not add ease, but also we didn’t measure too tight, so there may be a little ease due to the fabric, bias and form we used.

1. BUST: Measure the fullest part of the bust all around front and back. This measurement is NOT the same as a bra size. Bra sizes are determined by the under bust and cup size……..for example if you wear a 34C your bust IS NOT 34” probably more like 37/38”.

2. RIB CAGE OR UNDERBUST: This is the measurement that is taken under the breast and around back. Bra size determined this way.

3. WAIST: Measure around your natural waist line…….Your waist is the smallest area, or measure at navel line, or bend to one side…..waist is where you bend. Do not pull tape in too tight, or you may end up with a dress that’s too tight. Leave a ribbon or string around waist to help with other measurements.

4. WAIST TO HEM: Measure at the marked waist on the side to the finished hem. Since these items are premade the hem length is predetermined unless specified in the product description

5. HIPS: Hips are located approximately 7”-8” down from your natural waistline or the fullest part of the derriere. This measurement isn’t always necessary in some dresses unless they are quite straight. Be aware of styles.

6. BACK NECK TO HEM: On the back of the neck is a bone which you will use as the point to measure the length from neck to hem only necessary on certain items.

7. SHOULDER TO ELBOW: Using the point of the shoulder measure down to the elbow.

8. BICEPS: This measurement is necessary when looking at a vintage item with tight sleeves.......measure around bicep tightly.

9. SHOULDER TO WRIST: Measure from shoulder point along bended elbow to the bone on the wrist. This is necessary for long sleeve tops.

10. WAIST TO KNEE: This measurement is very helpful when you want to know if a skirt is long enough....measure from waist to patella or knee bone, length of shirt can be determined from there.

11. ARMPIT TO WAIST: Extra measurement to check if bodice is long enough.....

12. BACK NECK TO WAIST: This is a VERY IMPORTANT measurement...back neck bone to marked waist.......vintage clothes are quite petite and shortwaisted...you need to compare with item

13. SHOULDER TO SHOULDER / S-S: Measure across your back from one shoulder point to other where the sleeve would be inserted in a garmentIt is extremely important that you know your true measurement when ordering online. The easiest way to take measurements is with a cloth measuring tape (available at any clothing store or in sewing departments at any superstore (i.e. Wal-Mart). DO NOT use a metal tape measure….your last option is to measure with a heavy string which you fit tightly around waist, bust etc. and then pin down on flat surface and use ruler or metal tape to measure string. Sometimes I tie a string or elastic at the waist while I am taking measurements for a reference point to some of the other measurements. NEVER pull the tape too tight, be completely honest with yourself or the result will be a garment that doesn’t fit properly. Take your measurements in your undergarments (panties-bra) just as you would wear with the garment.


Measurement Chart and Directions