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This is probably a stupid question...
but when you are measuring for size do you measure...
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Date: 10/29/12 7:32 PM

This is probably a stupid question... but when you are measuring for size do you measure naked? Or with skivvies on? My bust especially is different....

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Date: 10/29/12 7:39 PM

If your bra makes a difference, then yes, measure with it on. If it doesn't, time to get a new bra.

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Date: 10/29/12 7:41 PM

So with the bra then? Good, that's nicer than the cold tape, LOL!

Thank you!
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Date: 10/29/12 8:44 PM

When you take your measurements, wear the same thing you will wear under the finsihed garnment. If you intend to wear a specific dress with a fancy underwired bra, do not measure with a soft "sport bra".

Same comment applies for what you intend to wear on the bottom, if you wear thighs with some support, etc. - although it will be more important at the "fine tuning" stage (fitting while sewing).

ETA: not a stupid question at all !
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Date: 10/29/12 9:42 PM

Thank you, Zazzie!

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Date: 10/30/12 1:43 AM

I had a similar question... but also involving breathing! I can make my measurements change by +- 2 inches. I figure it's supposed to be just relaxed, but then I made a shirt according to the bust size, and the waist fit perfectly despite being 2.5" smaller than my measurement! That makes me think I should suck it in to measure, but that just doesn't seem right.

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Date: 10/30/12 1:48 AM

Well, if you sucked in your breath while measuring, how uncomfortable do you think you'd feel when you sat down to a) read a book, b) answer the phone, etc, with the shirt you made? The key is to be as relaxed as you feel you would be when wearing the garment.

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Date: 10/30/12 1:50 AM

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My bust especially is different..
As a woman with an older body, and chiming in for others my age, our busts are ALWAYS different when measuring with skivvies on or off! It's called "gravity"..

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Date: 10/30/12 2:43 AM

Garments include "wearing ease", which allow for breathing and putting on the garment, and "design ease", which allows for creativity.

Perhaps a good illustration might be something like this:


Pierre Balmain

Here, the designer chose to put very little design ease into the waist, and quite a lot into the hips. (Strictly speaking, the dress has very little ease at all-- it fits the undies exactly. The petticoat incorporates Balmain's design ease.)

Conversely, this dress

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Yves St Laurent has quite a lot of ease in the waist, and a minimal amount in the hips.

Alas, some patterns go overboard with both sorts of ease, and the result is a pillowcase. Most good patterns do print some sort of "final measurements" on the pattern, so you can ascertain whether the ease is excessive.
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Date: 10/30/12 4:53 AM

Remember: there are no stupid questions, every question is reasonable, there are more gals here having the same question, but just have no courage to ask it.

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