How to Measure for Custom Bodices, Corsets and Dresses

This form is for ordering a custom size garment. If you are ordering a standard size garment, you do not need to fill out this form.

Crimson Gypsy Designs is not responsible for inaccurate measurements or weight loss or gain once the measurements are sent and your pattern made. Please make sure your measurements are ACCURATE to ensure the best fit of your custom garment!!!

If you have any questions regarding the measurements on this form, please contact us. It is VERY important these measurements are taken correctly and accurately, as they determine the fit of your clothing.

Before taking your measurements, please follow these instructions:

  • First, tie a string or ribbon lightly around your waist, as this will be the point where most of the measurements are taken from.
  • Make sure you are wearing a supportive bra when taking measurements. If you are not supported when taking measurements, your corset pattern will not come out correctly.
  • If at all possible, have these measurements taken professionally, as a professional knows how to take measurements correctly.
  • ALWAYS have somene help you with your measurements, as trying to take them yourself will only result in inaccurate measurements.

  • Please COPY and PASTE the following measurement form into an E-MAIL and send it to us.

Section I - All custom orders must full out this section.

  • Full Bust ____________________
    Measure around the fullest part of your bust, at the nipple line. Your bra size is not the same as your bust measurement.

  • Bra Cup Size____________________

  • Over Bust ____________________
    Measure around your chest above your bust, directly under your arms. This is called the "high bust" measurement.

  • Under Bust/Rib Cage ____________________
    Measure directly under your bust around your ribcage.

  • Amount of Squeeze at Bust/Desired Bust Measurement____________________/____________________
    The point of a bodice or corset is to "cinch" you in. Most bodices and corsets are made 2-4" smaller than your actual measurements. Some people actually prefer more of a squeeze than 4". As the bust is soft fleshy tissue, it can be squeezed a few inches smaller than the actual measurement, and the result will be a bosom popping out of the top of your bodice or corset, what is commonly known as the "wench" look - very desirable ;)~. Please indicate how much "squeeze" you desire in the bust of your bodice or corset.

  • Waist ____________________
    Your waistline is the smallest part of your body. This is where you bend, usually just above your belly button, not necessarily where the waistband on your clothing is.

  • Amount of Squeeze at Waist/Desired Waist Measurement ____________________/____________________
    As with the bust, the waist can be cinched a few to several inches smaller than the actual measurement. Corsets and bodices are generally 3-4" smaller than the actual waist measurement. Some extreme waist trainers will cinch their waist even smaller than 4" (this is not recommended if you are not experienced!) Since there are no ribs in the waist, it can be squeezed quite easily to a much smaller measurement. Please indicate the amount of "cinch" you would like in the waist of your bodice or corset.

  • Hip 3" - ____________________
    Hip 5" - ____________________
    Hip 7" - ____________________
    I will need 3 hip measurements. The first should be 3" below your waist, the second 5" below your waist and the third 7" below your waist.

  • Full Front Length ____________________
    Measure from where the neck intersects the shoulder line straight down over the fullest part of the bust to the waistline.

  • Center Front Length ____________________
    Measure from the base at the hollow of your neck to your waistline.

  • Front Shoulder Width ____________________
    Measure across your shoulders from outside shoulder point to outside shoulder point in the front.

  • Shoulder Length ____________________
    Measure the length of your shoulder from the side neck to outside shoulder point.

  • Chest Width ____________________
    Measure across the front of your chest at armpit level, from crease to crease where the arm intersects the body.

  • Shoulder Point to Waist ____________________
    This measurement is taken from the outside shoulder point down to the waist at the side of the body. You must be standing very straight and tall for this measurement to be accurate.

  • Front Shoulder Slope ____________________
    Measure diagonally up from the center front of your waist, over your bust, to the outside point of your shoulder.

  • Shoulder to Bust Point ____________________
    Measure straight down from the place your shoulder line meets the side of your neck to your nipple.

  • Bust Points - Across ____________________
    Measure across your bust from nipple point to nipple point.

  • Waist to Bust Point ____________________
    Measure from the waist directly below your bust up to the nipple point.

  • Waist to Ribcage ____________________
    This measurement should be taken from your waist to directly below your bust - where you measured your ribcage. (This measurement will be shorter than bust point to waist.)

  • Center Back Length ____________________
    Take this measurement from the base of the neck to your center back waist. Do not stand overly erect or this measurement will be too short.

  • Full Back Length ____________________
    Measure down the back, from where the neck intersects the shoulder line straight down over the shoulder blade to the waist. (This measurement will be longer than the center back length.)

  • Back Shoulder Width ____________________
    Measure across your shoulders from outside shoulder point to outside shoulder point in the back.

  • Back Blade Width ____________________
    Measure across the back of the shoulder blades at armpit level, from crease to crease where the arm intersects the body.

  • Back Shoulder Slope ____________________
    Measure diagonally up from the center back of your waist to the outside point of your shoulder.

  • Side Seam Length ____________________
    This measurement determines the side length of your corset. Measure up from your waist at the side to where you want your corset to stop under your arm. A good reference is the top of the side of your bra. If this measurement is too long, your corset will bite into your armpit or waist. If it is too short, your corset will not provide the proper support or you will bulge out at the top.

  • Neck ____________________
    Meaure the circumference of the base of your neck, holding the tape measure comfortably.

  • Height ____________________

  • Weight ____________________

  • Additional - body type, special considerations, etc...
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  • Name: ________________________________________

  • Phone #: ________________________________________

  • E-Mail: ________________________________________

  • Mailing Address:
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  • Order Confirmation #: ________________________________________

Section II - For Skirts, Dresses and Sleeves

  • Center Front Length to Floor ____________________
    Measure from the center front at your waistline to the floor.

  • Side Length to Floor ____________________
    Measure from the side of your waist to the floor.

  • Center Back Length to Floor ____________________
    Measure from the center back of your waist to the floor.

  • Knee Length from Waist ____________________
    Measure from the side of your waist to your knee.

  • Shoulder Point to Wrist ____________________
    This measurement is taken from the edge of the shoulder point, where the bodice would normally attach to the sleeve, down to the wrist over a slightly bent elbow.

  • Underarm Length ____________________
    Measure from the armpit to the wrist with a slightly bent elbow.

  • Shoulder to Elbow ____________________
    This measurement is taken on the outside of the arm, from the end of the shoulder to the point of the elbow with the arm bent.

  • Upper Arm Width ____________________
    Measure around the upper arm over the fullest part of the bicep.

  • Wrist Circumference ____________________
    Measure around the wrist.

  • Hand Circumference ____________________
    Measure around the fullest part of the hand with the thumb bent in.

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