The perfect fitAlthough we are a Port Elizabeth based bridal store we can gladly assist with out of town brides. It is best if we can arrange for you to come for a bridal fitting, but we can make do with just your measurements, a photograph and description of your dream dress. We have successfully custom made gorgeous dresses that have fit beautifully with none to minimal alterations required when the bride tries it on.
To take the most accurate measurements get a friend to assist. You will need a sewing measuring tape, or can make do with a piece of string that you measure against a hard measuring tape, as well as a note pad to keep track. For best accuracy take the measurements three times to ensure that the values are consistent.
What measurements to take:
Full Bust: measured around the fullest part of the bust (over the nipple) with bra on and parallel to the floor
Upper Bust: same as the Full Bust measurement, but above the bust
Under Bust: same as the Full Bust measurement, but underneath the bust
Waist: measure around the smallest part of your waist (normally just above the belly button)
Hips: measure over the largest part of your hips (the biggest part of your bum)
Shoulder to Shoulder: Measure from your one socket (where your sleeve on your shirt would normally start), across your back to the other shoulder socket (see picture)
Shoulder to bust: Measure in line with your nipple, from the where the top of the shoulder to the nipple
Shoulder to waist: Same as above but hold the tape measure on the nipple and measure to the waist
Nipple to nipple: Measure from one nipple to the other with your bra on
With Wedding Heels on:
Full length: (similar to shoulder to bust/waist measurement) measure from the top of your shoulder (in line with your nipple) to your nipple and then to the floor (about 1 cm above the floor or where you might like your hem to be)
Hollow to Hem: measure from the little hole in your chest where your neck meets your chest, down your front to the floor (about 1 cm above the floor or where you might like your hem to be)
Outer Leg: on the side of your body, measure from your waist, over your leg to the floor (about 1 cm above the floor or where you might like your hem to be)
Mermaid: Measure your outer leg, from your waist over your hip to the point on your thigh where you would like the mermaid/flare to begin.