Do you want to get a custom-made garment but don’t know how to take your own measurements?

Well, then, congratulations because LaShadé Designs has a step-by-step video guide on how you can take your own measurements accurately without any problems! Plus, even if you’re ordering ready-to-wear clothing, you will need to select your size from the provided size chart. And that means you’ll need to know your measurements.

The accuracy of your measurements determines how well the garment will fit you. Our bodies are constantly changing, and thus, it’s not unusual for us to gain or lose a few inches ever so often. So, you should never rely on old measurements- you should always retake and verify your measurements to ensure that you’re getting the right size.

Before you get started, here’s everything you need to take your measurements:
Measuring tape
Optional: Elastic or band to tie around your waist as guide

Taking Your Own Measurements

Now, when it comes to taking your own measurements, you can do it alone, but a friend or family member’s assistance would obviously make it a whole lot easier. Make sure you wear fitted clothing, undergarments or shapewear and shoes you plan on wearing with the garment.
If you get a custom outfit made and need to take more than just a few measurements, we recommend tying an elastic around the smallest part of your waist to ensure consistent measurements. 
Generally, most fashion brands determine your size based on three key measurements:


Measure around the fullest part of your bust, parallel to the floor. Make sure to relax your arms and have the tape lay flat and level.


Measure around the smallest part of your waist, also called the natural waist. You can make this more prominent by tying elastic or a band around this part.


Measure around the widest part of your hips, parallel to the floor. Use a mirror to ensure that the measuring tape is flat and level. Take the tape and slide it downwards to find the widest area of your hips, and record this measurement as your ‘full hip’. This is usually the main measurement you’ll need for pants or other bottoms. 
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