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It is important that you take your measurements correctly, whether ordering a standard size or a custom size. We would recommend that you have your measurements taken by a professional before placing your order. If you are ordering standard sizing please read and print out our size chart and measurement guidelines and take them with you when you go to get measured, as they can help you determine the best standard size based on your measurements. You may also send us your measurements by email and we will suggest a standard size for you. 

Standard Sizing

Standard sizes and are not made to personal measurements. Therefore you must determine the closest fit by comparing your measurements with our size chart. Measure your bust, waist and hips. Ensure to measure yourself with underwear on. If your measurements put you in between two standard sizes always choose the larger size. Given the variation of individual human bodies, you can expect that your dress will need alterations in order to fit perfectly.

Please make sure that none of your measurements are larger than what is indicated for the size you are choosing. Our patterns are designed so that they are easy to take in and alter to a smaller size. It is not advisable to assume you can let them out and make them bigger. 

Sizes:

8   

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

24

26

28

30

Bust (inches)

34.5

35.5

37.5

39.5

41.5

43.5

45.5

47.5

49.5

51.5

53.5

55.5

Waist (inches)

27

28

30

32

34

36

38

40

42

44

46

48

Hip (inches)

37.5

38.5

40.5

42.5

44.5

46.5

48.5

50.5

52.5

54.5

56.5

58.5

 

Custom Sizing

Please note that custom sized items will fit you better than standard sizing (provided the correct measurements are supplied). However, custom sizing is not tailored, and therefore some alterations may still be required.

The image below shows and explains the measurements required for custom sizing. You may not be asked for all of these measurements depending on the dress you are ordering. Ensure to measure yourself with underwear on. 

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Taking your measurements

We recommend that you drop into a local alterations shop and get them to take the necessary measurements. If you are confident to take the measurements yourself then you will need a soft measuring tape. Using the measuring tape, carefully measure yourself, wearing your undergarments. You will need a friend to help with some of the measurements. 

Have a look at the image above when you are reading these measurements. This will help you to see exactly what measurement is required. Note that all the measurements indicated in green above are measurements that go around the parts of the body. The measurements shown in red are measuring between two points.

A.Upper Bust: Measure around your upper bust, above the breasts, just under your arms. This is where a strapless dress would sit.

B. Bust: Measure around fullest part of bust (not bra size)

D. Empire Line/Ribcage: Measure around the ribcage, which is just below the bust.

E. Waist: Measure around the natural waist, usually the narrowest part of the torso. The best way to find your waist is to stand straight and lean over to one side. Your waist is where your body creases and is generally located between your ribcage and your belly button.

F. Hip: Measure around the widest part of the hips. This will include the fullest part of your backside too and should be just about where your legs meets your torso.

H. Skirt Length: This measurement is the length of your skirt. So you will measure from your waist to where you want the hem of your skirt to be. Direct your friend to extend the measuring tape along the front of your body from your waist down to your desired hemline. So for example if you order a knee length skirt, you will be measuring from your waist down the front of your body to your knees. You can find our standard lengths for all skirt types in our sizing table if you would like to see what the standard lengths are.

I. Nape to Waist: The nape is the lowest point at the back of the neck. Measure from the nape to your waist.

J. Shoulder Width: Measure across upper back from end of one shoulder bone (top of arm) to the other shoulder bone (top of arm). It's important to stand with your usual posture and shoulder position. Don't include your arms in this measurement. It is the measurement from one shoulder bone to the other.

K. Sleeve length: While holding your arm at a slight angle, from the shoulder joint, measure down to the desired length of your sleeve.

L. Upper arm: Measure around biceps/widest part of upper arm

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