Saturday, 18 May 2013


Hello everyone! Today our Sew – Along commences and I am so 

happy! I worked a few hours today, got back and rushed to begin 


So we begin by taking our body measurements.

Asides the basic measurements we come across and are more 

familiar with (as in the image above), there are a few more we 

would require in making garments, so in that regard, I’ll type out a 

list of what you’ll need to get measured  and how.

 The Basic Blocks in garment making include the bodice (torso), 

skirt(below the torso), Sleeves(arms) and  trousers, but for the 

SSWD see – along, we would only require the bodice and skirt 

because it is a sleeveless dress, and no trousers involved obviously! 

So here’s what you’ll need to get measured: ( Stand erect and have 

someone assist you, and try to take this seriously as the success of 

your dress depends on this J

Shoulder (measure the length of your shoulder from one end of your collar bone to the next)

Armhole (measure around your armpit)

Bust (measure your breasts at the fullest/highest point)

Apex (measure the length of your shoulder to your nipple)

Empire (measure the length of your shoulder down to your under bust, as well as the circumference)

Natural waistline (measure the circumference of your waistline. This is the narrowest part of your torso and is normally about an inch or two inches above your belly button)

Bodice (measure the length of your shoulder down to your belly button, as well as the circumference)

Hips (measure at the fullest part of your hips) - we wouldn't be working with this though.
Dress length.

PS. Take your measurements as you would like the dress to sit on you i.e. do not add any allowances.

see you on the next post.



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