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Drafting Skirt Pattern Sew-Along Lesson Two: Measuring (w/video)

Dear Friends,

In today’s lesson, I show you how to take correct measurements so that your pattern will fit you perfectly!

My sister, Jill, agreed to be my model and my mom was there, too, so she was my camera woman.  And, as you will soon see/hear, Baby Alice was involved in the filming, too, but being adorably distracting.  I’ll have to warn you right now that if you get upset by babies making noise in the background (as they are wont to do at the most inopportune time) and mother’s talking to the teacher while she’s teaching, then you better skip watching the video.  I have a feeling, though, that most of you will be able to relate to the “adventure” we had creating this video.  Despite it being a bit “zany” at times, we decided to go ahead and run with it.  After all, it’s real life!

Click here to download the Measurement Guide Handout (PDF)

The lesson is divided into two parts: Video 1 provides an introduction and Video 2 demonstrates how to take the measurements.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section!

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  1. You give clear instructions on how to get accurate measurements on everything but the “arc” for front and back (and to a lesser extent, the “side hip depth”). I assume you used the side seams of the shirt as your guide, but how do we know that’s the correct starting point for our bodies?

  2. Good question(s). Yes, you generally use the side seams of your shirt/yoga pants as the guide because they usually hit you in the middle of the side. Imagine that plumb line that we used in the front and back dropping down the side of your body from the middle of your armpit. That would be the starting point for your arc measurements (and where to take your side hip depth measurement). So, take a look at the side seams and if they look like they are centered in your side, you know that is the correct starting point. If your garment pulls forward and toward the back, then you might want to drop that plumb line from your underarm just be on the safe side.

    I’ve read some instructions that say to just divide your waist circumference by four in order to get your arc measurements. Unfortunately, if you have a pronounced abdomen (due to babies or menopause) then your front waist arc will be much greater than your back waist arc.

    Hope this helps!

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