In order for us to give you the best fit in your commission, we'll help you get your most accurate measurements! We've even included pictures that you can copy.
- Use a flexible measuring tape. You can find them at your local craft store, drug store and sometimes even at the grocery store.
- Measure in inches!
- Never try to take your own measurements, get a friend to help! Measuring yourself is NEVER accurate.
- Tying a string around your natural waist makes a land mark that will make taking your measurements less time consuming and more consistent.
- Take your measurements in the undergarments you plan on wearing for the costume. So if you need to bind your chest, pad your hips or enhance your cup size, be sure to don all the proper equipment for your measurements.
- Take all measurements barefoot. If you already know the heel height of the shoes you will be wearing, please include that in the indicated area.
- If you're concerned you won't be able to follow these instructions, most tailors will take measurements for you if you ask, though there will be a fee for their services.
Torso Circumference Measurements:
Front Torso Measurements:
- Neck: Measure around your neck like you're wearing a choker (except, don't choke yourself, you want it to be a comfortable fit) [picture]
- Bust/Chest: This measurement is across the widest part of your chest (usually this falls across the nipple), with the tape measure parallel to the floor. Ladies, don't squish yourself. [picture]
- Underbust: This only applies to women. Measure under your breasts where the bottom of your bra would normally fall. [picture]
- Chest Expanded: With the tape measure in the same place as the previous measurement, take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds. This accounts for how much ease should be in the chest, as some people's chest cavities expand more than others.
- Bra Size: The bra size you will be wearing with this costume (if you are wearing a larger cup size for the costume than you do in your every day life - please include the larger size). Men who are crossplaying, please include the bra size you are planning on wearing.
- Waist: This is the narrowest part of your torso, if you're having trouble finding it (this can be the case in men) lean to the side and the point where you bend is your waist. [picture]
Back Torso Measurements:
- Across Front Shoulder to Shoulder: From shoulder point to shoulder point. [picture]
- Front Muscle to Muscle: This measurement is essentially the width of your torso if you didn't have any arms. Measure from armpit to armpit, essentially [picture]
- Shoulder Seam: Measure from the base of your neck (on the side of your shoulder) to the point of your shoulder [picture]
- Back Shoulder to Shoulder: From shoulder point to shoulder point, on the back! [picture]
- Back Muscle to Muscle: It's the same as the front, only on the back! [picture]
- Nape to Waist: From the nape of your neck to your waist, the measuring tape should follow your spine. [picture]
- Nape to Floor: From the nape of your neck to the floor, the measuring tape should follow your spine. [picture]
- Hips 3": This measurement is taken at the top of your hipbones and is generally 3" down from your waistline (this isn't always the case as every body is different, but this is average) [picture]
- Hips 5": This measurement is taken at the fullest point of your booty. [picture]
- Hips 7": This measurement is taken underneath the fullest point of your butt, usually at the bottom of your buttcheeks. [picture]
- Waist to Floor: Just as it says! Measure from your waist to the floor in stocking feet. [picture]
- Underarm to Waist: From under the armpit to the waist down the side of the torso. [picture]
- Sleeve Length: With your arm outstretched and bent (the picture is not bent, but do bend your arm), measure from your spine to your wrist, around the outside of the arm. [picture]
- Shoulder Elbow Outside: With your arm still outstretched and bent, measure from shoulder point to the boniest part of the elbow. [picture]
- Outside Arm Bent: With your arm outstretched and bent, measure from shoulder point to wrist around the outside of the arm. [picture]
- Inside Arm: With your arm outstretched and palm facing outward, measure from the shoulder point to the wrist on the inside of the arm. [picture]
- Armscye: Wrap the tape measure around the uppermost part of your bicep, keeping it snug under your armpit, and then drop you arm to your side, making sure to take the measurement at the top of the shoulder. [picture]
- Bicep: Making sure to measure on your dominant side, flex your bicep and measure around the largest part of the muscle. [picture]
- Forearm Girth: Making sure to measure your dominant side, flex your forearm (make a tight fist) and measure just below the elbow at the largest part of the forearm. [picture]
- Wrist: Measure around the wrist. [picture]
- Waist to Knee: From the waist marking to the kneecap down the side of the leg. [picture]
- Waist to Floor: From the waist marking to the floor down the side of the leg. [picture]
- Inseam to Below Knee: This is the only time it's okay for the measure-ee to help, have the person being measured hold the measuring tape up into the highest point of the inseam (make sure to stand up as straight as you can), and measure to just below the kneecap. [picture]
- Inseam to Floor: From the same position, measure to the floor. [picture]
- Thigh: Have the person being measured lunge forward with the dominant side flexing, and then measure around the middle the of the thigh. [picture]
- Above Knee: In the same lunging position, measure above the kneecap. [picture]
- Below Knee: In the same lunging position, measure below the kneecap. [picture]
- Calf: In the same lunging position, measure around the widest part of the calf muscle. [picture]
- Ankle: Measure around the ankle over the Achilles tendon. [picture]
- Waist Front to Back: Put the end of the tape measure at the waist marker, and then pull it between the legs of the measure-ee and up around the back to the waist. Be sure not to give them a wedgie! [picture 1] [picture 2]
- Full Girth: Continue around from the previous measurement over the shoulder to meet up at the waist front again. [picture]
- Around Head: Measure around the head where you would wear a wig. [picture]