Below is a Guide to How To Measure your Dancer
The bust measurement is calculated by taking the circumference (front through back) of the fullest area around the bust. This is usually where the nipples are. Our dress forms are made with a pin in the center of the bust (visible in this photo) to mark the horizontal degree of this measurement.
For the waist, you would need to take the circumference of the narrowest area around the waist. This is usually where the belly button is. Our dress forms all come with a secure ribbon around the waist area (hidden under the red line in this photo) which makes for a great draping guide. Exhale before this measurement.
The hips measurement is taken from the circumference of the fullest area around the hip section. For some people this is where the hip bones protrude while for others it is slightly below.
The neck measurement is the circumference of around the neck along its height.
The shoulder measurement is that of a single shoulder measured from the base of the neck to where the shoulder starts tapering off. Here too, our dress forms are made with a nice seam along this shoulder line for a draping guide.
6. Bust Spread
The bust spread, also know as “apex to apex”, is the distance between the fullest section of one side of the bust to the other (usually nipple to nipple).
7. Back Width
The back width is taken as the horizontal distance of the widest section of the back.
8. Front Length
The front length measurement is the vertical distance between the base of the neck and waist line – all on the front of the torso. Our dress forms have a seam running along this line for guide use during draping.
9. Back Length
Similar to the ‘front length’, the back length measurement is the vertical distance between the base of the neck and waist line – all on the back of the torso. Here again, our dress forms have a seam running along this line to use as a guide during draping.