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How To Measure for a Dress

We recommend that, if possible, to get a qualified tailor or dress maker to measure you for a wedding dress. However, if this is not possible, it is fairly easy to do with the help of family or friends. Under no ciscumstances should you measure yourself. We also recommend that you get two different people to measure you but not together. Then compare the measurements to see if both got the same results. If there is a difference, we suggest to double check the measurements again.

What you need: 

All you need is a good flexible fabric measuring tape and a pen. Please be careful when measuring not to pull the tape too tight as this can result in a badly fitting dress. It is easier to take a dress in a little than to have to let it out. A good idea is to keep two fingers between the tape and the body so as to ensure it is not too tight. Measurements can be provided in Inches or Centimeters. If you have any questions, please contact us as we'll be happy to help.


Bust measurementBust

Not your bra size! But you must wear a bra when taking this measurement. 

Take the tape around your back and bring it across the fullest part of your bust.

Waist measurementWaist

This is the smallest part of your waist. Typically it's an inch or so above belly button. 

Hips measurementHips

This is the widest part of your hips, across the hipbone. 

Measurement is taken at the widest point, usually about 7 inches below the natural waistline. 

Upper BustUpper Bust measurement

Measure around the highest part of your chest directly under the arms.

Your arms should be relaxed, down at your sides. 

Under Bust measurementUnder Bust

Measure under your breasts in the same manner as measuring over them. 

Shoulder to HemShoulder to Hem measurement

Measure from the shoulder point, and take the tape through the bust point, 

then down to the hem at one side. 

Hollow to floor measurementHollow to Floor 

Measure from the hollow just under your neck to the floor. 

Stand upright in your bare feet and your feet together. 

Our tailor will make dress 5cm longer to allow for being in bare feet. 

Arm EyeArm Eye measurement

Take the tape around the shoulder. 

This measurement gives the size of the sleeve hole that you are comfortable wearing. 

Biceps measurementBiceps

Take the tape around the arm at the fullest part of upper arm. 

Shoulder to WaistShoulder to waist measurement

Measure from the top of your shoulder OVER your bust straight down to the ribbon on your waist. 

Shoulder to bust measurementShoulder to Bust 

Measure from the top of the shoulder down to nipple. 

Nipple To NippleNipple to nipple measurement

Measure from nipple to nipple 

Upper arm length measurementUpper Arm Length

Measure from the point of the shoulder down to elbow. 

Armpit to ElbowArmpit to elbow measurement

Measure from the armpit to elbow. 

Arm Length measurementArm Length 

Measure from the shoulder point to the wrist (with the arm relaxed by your side). 

Shoulder to ShoulderShoulder to shoulder measurement

From the edge of the shoulder socket, measure across the back to 

the same point on the other shoulder. 

Outer Leg measurementOuter Leg

Measure from waist to floor WITHOUT your shoes on. 

NeckNeck measurement

Take the tape around the neck loosely. Required only for dresses with high neck 


Measure from top of the head to the floor with WITHOUT SHOES.