Standard Measurement Chart & Body Measurement Calculations: Ready-to-Use

Making a dress is fun but sometimes the very first step of understanding our measurements leave us confused and overwhelmed. 

We fear if we got the measurements wrong then the whole fabric would be wasted. ​ We try a number of times and when we get mixed information from different sources, which we can not even understand; we feel like leaving this pursuit of making our own dress altogether. 

​The purpose of writing this post is this. Making your doubts clear. We know that we drape fabric and other similar materials around us in different manners and that becomes fashion.  But to achieve this goal of draping ourselves (or our customers) aesthetically and comfortably, we need to either drape fabric around and make notes or make some calculations to achieve a good fitting of a dress.

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BODY MEASUREMENTS :

In the course of learning dress making, we learn to take body measurements and make patterns according to that. Body measurements are taken for custom fit and tailoring clothing.

These measurements are like Home cooked food, made to order. Personally, observed and carefully double checked to adjust as per the health, posture, height and abnormalities of the person,for whom the dress is to be made .

If we have taken measurements of a particular person using a measuring tape / inch tape and know the exact measurements, we call them measurements for custom tailoring. This is to make a particular dress as per body shape / fitting of a particular person.

Printable body measurement sheets

STANDARD MEASUREMENTS:-

Standard measurement is like - Ready made Packaged food.

If you wish to make a dress for a Seven year old distant relative but don't have any method to measure her or take down her measurements, what would you do?

In this case, you can consult a 'Standard Measurements of Girls' chart to check out what measurements to take for a Seven year old girl's dress and make a dress for her.

The Standard Measurements of different brands may differ by a few centimeters. Established brands and designers grade their own Standard Measurement Patterns and launch their clothing in the market.

Here, for the purpose of dress pattern making, we give a chart of Standard Measurements, so you can refer to it, in times of need.

A persons body measurements may differ from standard body measurements because of height, weight, profession, posture, growth, physical abnormality etc.Therefore it is advisable that you consider these factors and make adjustments at the time of cutting.

Standard Measurement SIZES (in Inches) : Children

Chest

Waist

Hip or Seat

Shoulder

16

16

16

7.5

18

18

18

8

20

20

20-21-22

9

22

21

23

9.50 - 10

24

22

26

10-10.50

26

23

30

11-11.50

Standard Measurement SIZES (in Inches) : Women

Chest

Waist

Hip or Seat

Shoulder

28

23

30

11.50-12

30

24

32

12-12.50

32

25

34

12.50-13

34

26

36

13-13.50

36

28

38

13.50-14

38

40

31

34

40

40

14-14.50

14-14.50

Standard Measurement SIZES (in Inches) : Men

Chest

Waist

Hip

Shoulder

28

24

30

13

30

26

32

13.50

32

28

34

14.50

34

30

36

15.50

36

32

38

16.50

38

34

40

17

40

36-37

42

17.50

Division :- if Chest or waist or hip (round) size is 36" and we want to make a Top. We fold the fabric & mark 36 inches divided by 4. That comes out to be 9 inches.

Sewing formula

Suppose standard size of a woman is :-

Shoulder = 14 inch

Chest = 36 inch

Waist = 26 inch

Hips = 36 inch

While making a dress or pattern making, we mark :-

Shoulder /2 = 7"

Chest / 4 = 9"

Waist / 4 = 6.5"

Hips / 4 = 9" in this, if someone's bust / chest is heavy (bust size is more than 36") , she should divide her size by four and likewise with waist and hips.

Ideal or standard body measurements?

NOT ALL OF US ARE GIFTED WITH AN IDEAL STANDARD BODY SHAPE, therefore our body measurements differ due to diet, hereditary, climate, lifestyle, posture etc.

Dresses and dress patterns available in the market are as per Standard Measurements but Stitchrs like you and me modify our dresses as per our body shapes / measurements.

Please watch this video - start till finish. I am sure it'll clear the doubts.In the video, the effort has been to give measurements in EXACT divisions of 1/2 or 1/3 or 1/6 & likewise. So that, anyone could use this table for EXACT fitting.

But, for ease of understanding and practicality, I have insisted in this video, that you can ROUND OFF THESE FRACTIONS TO NEAREST NUMBER. That means. if it is 6.66" you can round it off and take it as 6.75". Size 20" Divisions 1/2=10" 1/3= 6. 6" Mark 6.75" 1/4=5" 1/6=3. 3" Mark 3.25" or 3.50" 1/13 =1. 66" Mark 1.75"

Kids dresses are not body hugging and tight fitting, so go comfortable while adding a few centimeters here or there. But for grown up adults (fashion dresses / designer dresses / party dresses) it helps if you go by right calculation and division of measurements. I have shown in the video, how there are eight parts of an inch and how you go half, one forth and so on.

Formulas we use in Dress Pattern Making are :

> Shoulder/2
>Chest / 12
>Chest or Waist or Hip / 4
>Hip / 3
>Hip / 6.

Size 20"
Divisions.

1/2 = 10"
1/3 = 6.66"
1/4 = 5"
1/6 = 3.33 "
1/12 = 1.66"

Size 21"
Divisions.

1/2 = 10.50"
1/3 = 7"
1/4 = 5.25"
1/6 = 3.50 "
1/12 = 1.75"

Size 22"
Divisions.

1/2 = 11"
1/3 = 7.33"
1/4 = 5.50"
1/6 = 3.66 "
1/12 = 1.83"

Size 23"
Divisions.

1/2 = 11.50"
1/3 = 7.66"
1/4 = 5.75"
1/6 = 3.83 "
1/12 = 1.91"

Size 24"
Divisions.

1/2 = 12"
1/3 = 8"
1/4 = 6"
1/6 = 4 "
1/12 = 2"

Size 25"
Divisions.

1/2 = 12.50"
1/3 = 8.33"
1/4 = 6.25"
1/6 = 4.24 "
1/12 = 2.08"

Size 26"
Divisions.

1/2 = 13"
1/3 = 8.66"
1/4 = 6.50"
1/6 = 4.33 "
1/12 = 2.16"

Size 27"
Divisions.

1/2 = 13.50"
1/3 = 9"
1/4 = 6.75"
1/6 = 4.50 "
1/12 = 2.25"

Size 28"
Divisions.

1/2 = 14"
1/3 = 9.33"
1/4 = 7"
1/6 = 4.75 "
1/12 = 2.33"

Size 29"
Divisions.

1/2 = 14.50"
1/3 = 9.75"
1/4 = 7.25"
1/6 = 4.83 "
1/12 = 2.50"

Size 30"
Divisions.

1/2 = 15"
1/3 = 10"
1/4 = 7.50"
1/6 = 5 "
1/12 = 2.50"

Size 31"
Divisions.

1/2 = 15.50"
1/3 = 10.33"
1/4 = 7.75"
1/6 = 5.16 "
1/12 = 2.50"

Size 32"
Divisions.

1/2 = 16"
1/3 = 10.66"
1/4 = 8"
1/6 = 5.33 "
1/12 = 2.66"

Size 33"
Divisions.

1/2 = 16.50"
1/3 = 11"
1/4 = 8.25"
1/6 = 5.50 "
1/12 = 2.75"

Size 34"
Divisions.

1/2 = 17"
1/3 = 11.33"
1/4 = 8.50"
1/6 = 5.75 "
1/12 = 2.83"

Size 35"
Divisions.

1/2 = 17.50"
1/3 = 11.75"
1/4 = 8.75"
1/6 = 5.66 "
1/12 = 3"

Size 36"
Divisions.

1/2 = 18"
1/3 = 12"
1/4 = 9"
1/6 = 6 "
1/12 = 3"

Size 37"
Divisions.

1/2 = 18.50"
1/3 = 12.33"
1/4 = 9.25"
1/6 = 6.25 "
1/12 = 3.08"

Size 38"
Divisions.

1/2 = 19"
1/3 = 12.66"
1/4 = 9.50"
1/6 = 6.33 "
1/12 = 3.25"

Size 39"
Divisions.

1/2 = 19.50"
1/3 = 13"
1/4 = 9.75"
1/6 = 6.50 "
1/12 = 3.25"

Size 40"
Divisions.

1/2 = 20"
1/3 = 13.33"
1/4 = 10"
1/6 = 6.75 "
1/12 = 3.33"

Size 41"
Divisions.

1/2 = 20.50"
1/3 = 13.75"
1/4 = 10.25"
1/6 = 6.83 "
1/12 = 3.50"

Size 42"
Divisions.

1/2 = 21"
1/3 = 14"
1/4 = 10.50"
1/6 = 7 "
1/12 = 3.50"

Size 43"
Divisions.

1/2 = 21.50"
1/3 = 14.33"
1/4 = 10.75"
1/6 = 7.25 "
1/12 = 3.58"

Measuring Tape : Has Inches on one side & Centimeters on the other side.

One Inch = 2.54 Cms.

24" Scale = 61 cms. Each Inch shows 16 parts for easy Divisibility & Markings.

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