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A Guide to Taking Your Own Measurements

We know that investing in our garments is a big commitment; so we meet our customers with care and compassion, guiding them through the made-for-you process and providing helpful fit advice.


Learn how to take your own measurements to achieve that customized, just-right fit!

The Tools You Will Need

Grab yourself a flexible measuring tape, pen, and paper. A full length mirror will also be useful to make sure you are measuring in the right spot and to check that the tape does not get twisted. It can also be helpful to grab a partner to assist you in taking those trickier to reach measurements. 

Where To Start

First, it's best to remove any bulky clothing and to be wearing the undergarments that you would typically wear underneath the item you are fitting for. You will achieve the most accurate measurements this way. This is especially important for bras, as the type of bra you wear can change your bust measurement. 

Basic Measurements

Bust: The measurement around your body at the fullest part of your bust. Relax your arms at your side when recording as this will give you the most accurate result. Make sure to hold the tape firmly enough that it does not dip down at your back. 

Waist: The measurement around your body that is typically at the smallest part of your torso. To double check where your waist is, bend to one side and the crease that forms is your natural waistline.


Hips: The hip measurement is not taken around the top of your hip bone, but taken around your body at the fullest point of your hips/bottom. 


Height: Make sure to measure while in bare feet or flat shoes. 

Diagram of female basic measurements

Romper Measurements

Girth: To measure girth, place a tape measure at the top of your shoulder, then down through the crotch and back to the same shoulder. 


Inseam: The inseam measurement is taken by measuring the distance between the top inside of your thigh and the bottom of your ankle. 

Diagram of female romper  measurements

Pant Measurements

Inseam: The inseam measurement is taken from the distance between the top inside of your thigh and the bottom of your ankle.  


Front Rise: Measure from the centre front of your natural waist to your crotch. 


Back Rise: Measure from the centre front of your natural waist and under your crotch to the centre back of your natural waist. Subtract your front rise from the measurement you have just taken and that will give you your back rise calculation.  

Diagram of female pant measurements

Jacket Measurements

Across Back Shoulder: Measure from the bone at the top of the shoulder, across the back of neck, to the bone at the top of the opposite shoulder.  


Sleeve Length: With arm relaxed at your side and slightly bent, measure from top of shoulder down to your wrist.  

Diagram of female jacket  measurements

Remember that these measurements are just numbers,

 and should never be associated with your self-worth.


 Instead use these numbers as a tool to get a perfectly fitting garment that makes you feel incredible and empowered. We want nothing less for our customers, than for them to feel remarkable in their garments that they can love and live in for years! 

Using Your Measurements To Customize An Order

When ordering online, include you measurements, and/or customization request in the text box on the product page. This note will be attached to your order and we will make the appropriate adjustments before cutting out your order.


Any pattern alterations will be saved under your order number, should you want to reorder in the future and achieve that same personalized fit. 

Need more help with sizing? Check out our page here for more information and how to contact us about sizing.


hi – my son is getting married in early August (he lives in Val Marie Sk) and I would like to order the Iris Dress from your collection. My measurements are: bust 39", waist 37", and Hips 42 1/2". I am 5 ft 7 ". I am hoping to have the dress in the colour Slate. I have just joined your newsletter too!! Is this possible to special order? thanks so much.

ps I first was introduced to your garments at the Edmonton Christmas show.

karin smith fargey

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