Measuring Your Body For A Corset
Knowing how to properly measure yourself is a very important part of the corseting process. Without accurate measurements, your corset will not fit as well as it could. This can lead to pressure points and discomfort after extensive wear.
The first step in obtaining correct measurements is to find someone else to measure you! When one tries to measure themselves, the body can contort giving inaccurate numbers. It is also hard for a person to made sure the measuring tape is straight or parallel when they are measuring themselves. With this in mind, if you absolutely can not recruit a friend to help out, it is at least a good idea to measure yourself in front of a mirror, being very careful, and take each measurement 3 times to find an average.
The next step is easy. Be sure you are not wearing anything bulky when you take your measurements! If you plan to wear your corset on your bare skin, ideally, you will take your measurements over bear skin. The only exception to this is your bra. Especially if you you are measuring for an over bust corset, you should make sure your bra has as little padding as possible, but holds your breasts in the general position they will be under your corset. A nice, thin, stretchy, under wire bra is great for this if you have one!
Finally, the measuring part! To begin, take a long string, ribbon or shoelace and tie it around your natural waist. This will be a reference when taking all the other
measurements. Make sure the string is snug and parallel but not nipping in your skin anywhere.
The fourteen measurements in the chart will be used to draft a pattern unique to your very own body. Be sure to measure correctly and double and triple measure if there is any doubt. Should you run into any problems, or need assistance figuring out your measurements, feel free to email Heather for help!
Now, using the measurement chart for reference, record the following measurements;
1. Over Bust- This one is pretty self explanatory. It is the circumference around the chest directly over your breasts.
2. Full bust- This is measured over the fullest part of the breasts. Usually over the nipples, or apex.
3. Under Bust- This is right beneath the breasts. Where most bra bands lie.
4. Waist- This is right where the ribbon is marking the natural waist.
5. High Hip- Take this measurement about 3″ down from the waist.
6. Hip- This measurement should be taken at the fullest part of the hip.
7. Full Bust to Waist- Starting at the fullest part of the chest, directly between your breasts, measure down to the waist.
8. Under Bust to Waist – Starting right beneath the breast, at the under bust line, measure down to the waist.
9. Side Full Bust to Waist- Starting on the side, even with the full bust line, measure to the waist.
10. Front Waist to Bottom of Corset- Starting at the center front of the waist, measure down to the estimated bottom of the corset.
11. Side Waist to Hip- Starting at the waist, on the side of the body, measure down to the hip line.
12. Under Bust to Apex of Breast- This measures the rise of the breast. Starting underneeth the breast, measure up to the apex
13. Apex to Top of Corset- Measure from the nipple to the estimated top of the corset.
14. Lap- This last measurement is not on the chart. The lap measurement takes into account where the corset will be when you sit down. It is not usually necessary with higher cut hips, but in long line corsets, like the Daphne for instance, one must consider where the corset will touch the leg when one sits down. To measure number fourteen, the lap, sit in a hard, straight chair, like a kitchen chair. Now measure the distance from the waist to the leg. This is the lap measurement!