Taking Measurements 101

To begin finding your desired pattern you need your correct measurements. The measurements on a pattern can be very confusing if you don’t know how to apply your measurements. Diana’s Sewing Lessons has given a very good overview of Butterick and Vogue measurements as well as McCalls/Simplicity measurements.

This is a picture heavy post so that you can see the different places to measure. The “high bust” measurement is taken above the breasts and under the arms, very strange to me as I have never taken this measurement before. The hardest thing for me to remember is that the “high bust” measurement is actually the “Bust” for Simplicity and McCalls, which I am most familiar with, and the measurement is the “Chest” for Buttericks and Vogue.

Male High Bust Measurement B/V  = Chest M/S = Bust

Male High Bust Measurement
B/V = Chest
M/S = Bust

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Female High Bust Measurement B/V = Chest M/S = Bust

Then you take your traditional bust measurement at the nipples and that is the “Bust” in Buttericks and Vogue, but not used at all for Simplicity and McCalls.

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Male Bust Measurement B/V = Bust M/S = N/A

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Female Bust Measurement B/V = Bust M/S = N/A

The waist measurement is the same for all 4 pattern makers, at the smallest portion of the waist, usually a couple inches above the belly button.

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Male Waist Measurement B/V = Waist M/S = Waist

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Female Waist Measurement B/V = Waist M/S = Waist

The hips measurement is also the same for all 4 pattern makers at the widest part of your butt.

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Male Hip Measurement B/V = Hip M/S = Hip

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Female Hip Measurement B/V = Hip M/S = Hip

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Whitney’s Current Measurements at 08/15