How to Measure Yourself for Sewing Patterns

One of the most important things to learn before you start sewing clothing is how to measure yourself and others accurately.

You should measure your waist around the smallest part of your midsection. Wrap your measuring tape around the area,  look up, breathe out, then look down to see your measurement.

How to Measure Your Waist

How to Measure Your Hips

When you measure your hips, you need to measure around the fullest part of your butt. 

Measure from your crotch down to where your pant leg should end.

How to Measure Your Inseam

How to Measure Your Bust or Chest

Measure your bust/chest around the biggest part of your chest. 

Confusing Aspects of Fit

Your measurements may not fit into one perfect size for a pattern. This is normal. It’s the reason why handmade is better than ready-to-wear clothes in terms of fit.

Handy Reference Chart

I created this handy reference chart for how to measure yourself. You can print it and hang it in your sewing room to reference.

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Danielle Pientka

Danielle is a DIY/craft/sewing blogger on  She loves to write about projects that she makes for her small farm, her children, and her home.