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MEASURING INSTRUCTIONS

How to Measure Yourself:

The below is just a guide. We recommend that whenever possible you get a qualified seamstress to measure your dress size. Always get someone else to take the measurements for you: measuring yourself will give inaccurate numbers and could lead to disappointment. Measure with undergarments similar to those you will wear with your dress; do not measure over other clothing.

BRIDE

BUST

not your bra size! Take the tape around your back and bring it across the fullest part of your bust. Your arms should be relaxed, down at your sides. You must wear a bra when taking this measurement.

HIPS

this is the widest part of your hips, across the hipbone. Measurement is taken approximately 7 inches below the natural waistline. This measurement is not needed for full gowns.

WAIST

this is the smallest part of your waist. Typically it’s an inch or so above your belly button. Also known as the natural waistline.

HOLLOW TO FLOOR

This is the length from your hollow (the hollow just under your neck ) to your heels. (Take the tape from your front, with bare foot). You should stand upright and your feet should keep together. For Custom-tailored Floor-length Dresses, our tailor will make dress 5cm longer because of barefoot measuring for hollow to hem.

TIP

Always get someone else to take your measurements; don't try to measure yourself.
Take your measurements over a single layer of clothing (like a shirt) for a better fit.
Take care that the measuring tape is not too tight when you measure. For best results, the tape should be slack enough to easily rotate around your arm, but tight enough so that it won't easily slide up and down your arm.

GROOM

NECK

Take a skin tight measurement around your neck, just below your Adam's apple.

SHOULDER

With both arms down by your side, measurement taken from the tip of the left shoulder point, along the top of the shoulder just below the base of the collar, to the tip of the right shoulder.

CHEST

This measurement should be taken just under the arms, closely around the body.

OVER ARM

Around the body in the same manner and position where the chest was measured, but this time including both arms.

WAIST

Measure closely around the body at your natural waist level.

HIP

Measure around your hips and buttocks at their widest point on a pair of well-fitting trousers (not jeans). Make sure your pockets are empty and the tape is not restrictive. As a guide, you should not make the tape too snug. You only just be able to feel the tape when measuring.

SLEEVE

With arm relaxed at side and elbow slightly bent, measure from center back of neck, over point of shoulder, and down outside of arm past elbow to wrist.

JACKET LENGTH

Measure down the back from the base of the collar to the length required.

INSEAM

Measure from the lowest part of the crotch of your trousers (not jeans), keeping the measure taut, down to where you wish the bottom of the trousers to end. Please bear in mind the fit you want over the shoe as this will affect the desired length.

OUTSEAM

Measure from the top of the waistband on a pair of trousers (not jeans), keeping the measure taut, down to where you wish the bottom of the trousers to end. Please bear in mind the fit you want over the shoe as this will affect the desired length

SCHEDULE A FITTING

To schedule a fitting please call Tristan on 079 312 7540

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