HOW TO TAKE YOUR OWN MEASUREMENTS
Hi Nuorikko Brides!! As some of you are getting ready to get your orders in (or your fully custom gown made) I decided I'd put out some helpful info on a very important part of the journey:
MEASUREMENTS & CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE
Let's break down this oft-confusing process. First, download your measurement chart, then let's get started!
BEFORE YOU MEASURE ANYTHING
Decide: Bra or no bra?
Your bust level and circumference measurement will change with and without a bra on, so if you plan on wearing a bra with your finished garment, make sure you wear one during the measuring process. Otherwise, make sure you are wearing form-fitting clothing (like a tank-top and leggings) and your typical day-to-day undergarments.
Stand in front of a mirror and have someone on standby to assist you (especially for those back measurements.)
Use the right tape.
More specifically, use a seamstress' flexible measuring tape, available at craft stores and even the craft department of most big box stores.
Check your posture.
Stand upright in a relaxed position with your feet together. When measuring, breathe normally and make sure the tape is comfortably fitted to the body. (Don't suck in that tummy — you will just end up with a tight-fitting garment!)
STEAL THIS TRICK:
When I measure myself, I pin 1/8" wide elastic to a tight spandex dress that I slip on. I mark the center front and center back, then tie the elastic around my natural waist (about belly button level), hip (widest part), and bust (fullest part). This makes it easy to measure to the exact same place twice, so when you are determining your front waist length, you know the exact measurement. It also gives me a side seam reference so I can also determine my front and back waist length as well as my side seam length!
FOLLOW THESE 6 KEY BODY MEASUREMENTS:
Ready to get started? These six measurements are the key reference points that most tailors, designers, and online size charts use — download a copy here for later reference.
1. NECK AND BUST
To measure your neck, pull the tape around the middle, coming from the back to the front. It should sit at the base of the neck above the collar bone.
To measure your bust, bring the tape around your back and around to the front. Pull it around the apex (or fullest) point of your bust. It should be aligned parallel to the floor, making a straight, horizontal line across both your front and back. If you have someone to help, you record the measurement at the front with your hand down at your sides.
2. WAIST AND HIPS
To measure your waist, don't measure where your pants finish — this is not your natural waist! Your waist is the smallest part of your torso and right underneath your rib cage near your belly button. Make sure the tape is even across the front and back and parallel to the floor.
To measure the hips, keep this in mind: it is not where the top of your hip bone is, it is actually around the largest part of your hip area.
3. FRONT WAIST LENGTH
Start measuring from the side base of your neck, at the top shoulder line, and going down towards your waist level passing over your bust point. Try to keep the tape as straight as possible. To measure bust depth, use the same starting point on the shoulder as your front waist length, measuring down to the apex of your bust point.
4. BACK WAIST LENGTH
This one is definitely a two person job, so call a friend and have them measure from the nape of the neck, down your spine and to your waist. To measure the back width, measure horizontally between your arm attachment points (underarm).
This is your shoulder seam length. Measure from the base of your neck right in the middle of your shoulder (from a bird's eye view) and along to the tip of your shoulder. If you have trouble determining your shoulder tip, find a garment in your closet that fits well and has a collar and sleeve. Then measure the shoulder length of the garment.
To measure under the arm, wrap your measuring tape around the fullest part of your arm above your elbow.
6. ARM LENGTH
Have your arm just slightly bent, and measure from the tip of your shoulder over the elbow to your wrist line. You will also need a friend for this measurement.
NEXT STEP: CHOOSING THE RIGHT SIZE
Every Nuorikko garment has an online fit guide to help you understand how she is meant to fit. To get the correct size for your body, compare the measurements you just recorded against our size chart:
Use the fit guide to help you order the size that will fit you best, and rest assured we've done the hardest part for you and you can trust it to fit the size you've chosen!
"Soffi is a fitted style. The waistband is fitted to hit at the natural waist. If your hip size is equal to or one size larger than your waist, order the size indicated by your hip size. Otherwise, order the size needed to fit your waist. You may need to plan to alter Soffi for a perfect fit if there is a difference in sizes between your waist and hip sizes."
So, let's say you measured yourself, and your natural waist measurement is 38.5". Your hip measurement is 40.75". Looking at the measurement chart, you'll see that your waist measurement is just above a size 10, and your hip measurement is in between sizes 8 and 10. Looking at Soffi's fit notes, you would want to choose a size 10, or the size that fits your waist since your hip is the smaller of the two measurements.
ONE FINAL WORD
Every single piece in Nuorikko's line is made to fit and feel fantastic on the bodies of real women! However, there is no designer on the planet who can create a style that is tailored to fit every individual. No matter how much effort we put into creating a fantastic fitting piece, sometimes alterations are necessary to make it fit your body perfectly.
Don't worry though, not only are Nuorikko's pieces made to fit real bodies, they are also made to be easy and inexpensive to alter with your local tailor.
If you're still not sure which size to order, or you'd like more information or recommendations about what alterations might be needed for your figure, and how to go about making sure they turn out perfectly with your local tailor, book a consult with our expert stylists.