How to Take Your Measurements
- Use a fabric tape measure. A metal tape measure can buckle and bend, which may lead to an inaccurate measurement of your size.
- Keep the tape measure taut, but don’t stretch it tight.
- Dress in your underwear or a leotard, and tie a narrow ribbon or a piece of elastic around your waist, but not too tight. Move around a little bit until the elastic or ribbon finds your natural waistline. Note that this may not be where you wear the waistband of your favorite pair of slacks or jeans.
- Wear the same shoes that you will wear on your wedding day. If you can’t, wear shoes with the heel height you plan to wear. (Because heels really change a lot)
- Keep your feet six inches apart.
- We strongly recommend having someone help you take your measurements. This can be a professional seamstress/tailor or friend (a friend is perfectly ok, there’s nothing too complicated). Taking measures on your own (without help) may result in inaccurate numbers.
- To avoid mistakes we sometimes take the same measurements three times in a row and if some figures vary a little (it can happen, because we breathe etc.) we write down the average.
- IMPORTANT: Even if you had your measurements taken before, please double check them following our guide. It will only take a few minutes, but is crucial for final fit of the gown.
This is not the same as your bra size. Instead, this is a measurement of the fullest part of your bust. While keeping your arms relaxed and at your sides, run the tape across the widest part of your back and fullest part of your bust.
2. Natural Waist
This is your natural waistline, or the smallest part of your waist. It is typically found an inch or two above your belly button. Don’t suck in your waist, although you may be tempted to. You want to be able to breathe on your wedding day—and eat a slice of cake, too.
This is a measurement of the fullest part of your hips. Run the tape across the hipbone.
4. Center Back
Center Back is the vertical length taken from Center Back Neck Point (Cervical Vertebra or C7) to the natural waist.
Run the tape right under your bust.
6. Shoulder Width
Measure from shoulder tip to shoulder tip, as shown in the reference image.
Measure around your strained biceps.
Measure around your wrist.
9. Sleeve Length
Measure down from the shoulder tip (shoulder seam) down via outer side of your arm.