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Lee Andersen Sizing Guide

How do I take my measurements?

First you need a few tools:
*a measuring tape or ribbon (NOT a stretchy one) that will go all the way around your body, at least once
*a ruler (If you are using a ribbon and ruler, then you take the ribbon as if it were a measuring tape and wrap it or measure the length you need. Hold the measurement with your finger, then measure the length of ribbon with the ruler to get your number.)


Bust – take the measurement under the armpits around biggest part of the bust.

Underbust – just like it sounds, measure under the bust line, where the bra line would be.

Waist – this is the NARROWEST part of your upper body. Right around where your bottom rib is. 

Hips – this is the WIDEST part of your lower body. Around your bottom and hips.

These are the most common measurements you will need, but sometimes you may need a few more, especially if you are taller or shorter than average and you are looking at the length of a skirt, dress or pants or the sleeve of a top or jacket.


Outseam – this is your measurement from waist to ankle. So, where ever you like to wear the waist of your pants or skirts, remember that you will need to take that into account when you are looking at actual pants/skirts and comparing them to your outseam.
Are the pants you’re looking at a styled with a low rise, high-rise, mid-rise? Make sure you take that into account when you are ordering something.

Inseam – This is the measurement from your crotch seam to your ankle. Take this on the interior of the leg, straight down.

Rise – This is the measurement from your crotch seam to your waist. Take this measurement straight up the middle front of the body, where your pants zipper would be.

Sleeve (crown to cuff) – “crown” is another word for shoulder seam, so you would take this measurement from where the shoulder seam would be(or bra strap) to where you want the cuff to end. Do this with your ELBOW BENT and on your hip. This way it allows for movement in the arm.

Sleeve (from center of back) – this gives a more accurate sleeve measurement when doing a custom or couture garment and is also taken with the elbow bent.

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