Back to our drafting, readers! Or, more correctly to our measurements. In the previous post we discussed hip circumference, the ease and the relation between your hip measurement and the fit. Have you made the hip measurement band, by the way? If you did, you probably noticed that your new hip circumference is larger than your true measurement. This is normal, and it is a good practice measuring it several times, noting down the values.
TAKING WAIST MEASUREMENT
As next, we are going to measure the waist (we will use letter W, to note down our waist measurement). Grab an elastic band and tie it around your waist. Don't wear anything loosely fitted or thick. Don't take the measurement right away. Move a little, bend, sit down... This will allow your elastic to move to the most natural position. It may not be parallel to the floor, but it is positioned where your skirt tends to hang from after you worn it for several minutes. However, pay attention that the band doesn't shift a lot. In most cases, it can be only slightly off a parallel line to the floor. If in doubt, repeat the exercise couple of times.
At this point we are only practicing and taking measurements individually. The final measuring session should include all measurements at once. The waist is our reference line, and all measurements, except for the hip circumference, are taken from the waist, so consistent position of the elastic band is key to accurate measurements.
We are ready to take the measurement. Place your measuring band along the waist and note the value. Add 2cm ease, and note the final value.
W= measurement + 2cm
2cm are needed to allow you to sit down and to move in your skirt. As an experiment, try taking your waist measurement while seated. Normally, body volume in your waist area will expand slightly, and those 2cm will allow for the comfort and help prevent unsightly bulges when seated.
This was a short post. I will upload another post by tomorrow, this time covering the length. It is an important measurement that affects skirt balance and creates unexpected fit challenges if taken incorrectly. Stay tuned!
Published Skirt Draft Along (SSDA) posts:
SSDA 4: Length measurement and the Fit
SSDA 2: Hip circumference and the Fit
SSDA 1: Introduction: Pattern Drafting and the Fit
SSDA 4: Skirt balance and Length Measurements
SSDA 5: Darts: Recognizing Dart Intake
SSDA 6: Measuring and Calculating Darts
SSDA 7: Final Measuring Session
SSDA 8: Drafting the Skirt
SSDA 9: Making a Toile and Analyzing the Fit