Ineke's Fashions :: Wedding and Formal Dresses

How to Measure

Important!

  • Do not measure yourself; get a friend or a dress maker to measure you.
  • Ensure you have access to the footwear you intend to use with your garment. If this is not possible than substitute the shoes for a pair with the same height and thickness of sole.
  • We will not always need all these measurements; many are taken only for specific dress styles.
  • Use a proper tailors tape.
  • If you are in doubt, please Contact Us
How to Measure
bust Bust:
Measure around the bust.
This measurement should not be tight.
under bust Under Bust:
Measure around under the bust.
This measurement should be firm but not be tight. This measurement is taken together with the "Shoulder to under Bust" and "Nipple to Nipple" measurements as many dresses specially strapless dresses often have a bra build in.
waist Waist:
Measure around the waist.
This measurement should not be tight.
empire waist Empire Waist:
Measure around the widest part over your stomach.
This measurement should not be tight. This measurement is generally only taken when "Pregnant" or sometimes for "Plus Size Dresses".
hip Hip:
Measure around the widest part of the hip.
This measurement should not be tight.
height Height:
This measurement is best taken without shoes standing agains a wall.
Make sure you look straight ahead and stand up straight with feet together.
nape to hem Nape to Hem:
Measure the distance from the soft spot under the neck (between the collar bones) to the hem.
This measurement is taken with the shoes that you intend to wear with your dress. If you do not have these shoes, use another pair with the same heel height and sole thickness.
Important!
Make sure that you look straight ahead. If you do not stand straight with feet together or look down during this measurement you dress will likely be too short.
Take the measurement to the top of the toe (allow extra length for sole thickness), to ensure that you will not step on the hem later.
back Back:
Measure across the back from the end of the bone on top of the shoulder.
nipple to nipple Nipple to Nipple:
Measure the distance between the nipples. This measurement is taken together with the "Shoulder to under Bust" and "Under Bust" measurements as many dresses specially strapless dresses often have a bra build in.
shoulder to nipple Shoulder to Nipple:
Measure the distance from the middle and top of the shoulder to the nipple.
shoulder to underbust Shoulder to under Bust:
Measure the distance from the middle and top of the shoulder across the nipple to under the bust. Make sure you do not take this measurement too tight over the breast. This measurement is taken together with the "Under Bust" and "Nipple to Nipple" measurements as many dresses specially strapless dresses often have a bra build in.
under bust to hem Under Bust to Hem:
Measure the distance under the bust to the hem.
This measurement is taken with the shoes that you intend to wear with your dress. If you do not have these shoes, use another pair with the same heel height and sole thickness.
Important!
Make sure that you look straight ahead. If you do not stand straight or look down during this measurement you dress will likely be too short.
Take the measurement to the top of the toe (allow extra length for sole thickness), to ensure that you will not step on the hem later.
shoulder to waist Shoulder to Waist:
Measure the distance from the middle and top of the shoulder to the waist. Make sure you do not take this measurement too tight over the breast.
waist to hem Waist to Hem:
Measure the distance under the waist to the hem.
This measurement is taken with the shoes that you intend to wear with your dress. If you do not have these shoes, use another pair with the same heel height and sole thickness.
Important!
Make sure that you look straight ahead. If you do not stand straight with feet together or look down during this measurement you dress will likely be too short.
Take the measurement to the top of the toe (allow extra length for sole thickness), to ensure that you will not step on the hem later.
waist to hem for short dresses Waist to Hem for short Dresses:
Measure the distance under the waist to the hem.
Important!
Make sure that you look straight ahead. If you do not stand straight or look down during this measurement you dress will likely be too short.
neck Neck:
Measure around the neck. Make sure you do not take this measurement too tight. This measurement is normally only taken for high fitting dresses.
arms eye Arms Eye:
Measure from the top of the shoulder around the arm. Allow for movement under the arm! Generally measure to the top of where your bra sits under the arm. Make sure you do not take this measurement too tight. This measurement is normally only needed for dresses with a sleeve.
sleeve Sleeve:
Measure from the bone on top of the shoulder to the bottom of the sleeve. This measurement is normally only taken for dresses with a sleeve. Although not shown in the picture, this measurement is taken with your arm bend 90° and measured around the back of the arm.
biceps Biceps:
Measure around the widest part of the upper arm. This measurement is normally only taken for dresses with a sleeve.
Important!
Allow for movement, generally about the width of 2 fingers. Sometimes we may also need the same measurement around the wrist for dresses with fitted long sleeves.