Custom-made gowns can be a wonderful option for special occasions like weddings, first Holy Communion, birthdays or other formal events, especially for children. These gowns are tailored to fit perfectly, ensuring your child looks and feels their best on the big day. To achieve that ideal fit, accurate measurements are essential. In this instructional article, we'll guide you through the best ways to measure your flower girl for a custom-made gown.
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Tools and Materials You'll Need:
1. Measuring Tape: A soft, flexible measuring tape is best for accurate measurements.
2. A Pen and Paper: You'll want to write down the measurements as you go.
3. Assistant: If possible, have someone assist you in taking the measurements. It can be challenging to do it accurately by yourself.
Step-by-Step Measurement Guide:
1. Wear Appropriate Clothing:
Ensure your child is wearing lightweight and close-fitting clothing, like leggings and a fitted top. This will help in obtaining precise measurements.
2. Prepare the Child:
Make sure your child is standing up straight and in a relaxed, natural position. They should have their arms at their sides and their feet together.
3. Measure the Bust:
Begin by measuring your child's bust. For girls, measure the fullest part of the chest or bust. To do this, wrap the measuring tape around the chest area, passing it under the armpits and over the shoulder blades. Make sure it's snug but not tight. Record this measurement in inches or centimeters and stay consistent with the unit system you have selected.
4. Measure the Waist:
Measure the waist by wrapping the tape around the narrowest part of the torso, typically just above the belly button. Make sure the tape is snug but not constricting. Write down this measurement.
5. Measure the Hips:
For girls, measure the hips by wrapping the tape around the fullest part of the hips and buttocks. Ensure the tape is straight and not twisted. Record this measurement.
6. Measure the Length:
For floor-length gowns, on the side of your child's body, measure a straight line from under the armpit to the ground or to the desired length of the gown. This will vary based on the style and personal preference, so make sure to measure to the desired hemline.
7. Measure Sleeve Length (if applicable):
If the gown has sleeves, measure from the tip of the shoulder down to where you want the sleeve to end. This measurement is particularly important for long sleeves.
8. Measure the Arm Circumference (Bicep):
Measure around the fullest part of your child's arm (bicep). This is crucial for gowns with fitted long sleeves where the fabric does not have stretch.
9. Additional Measurements:
Depending on the gown style and design, we may request additional measurements, such as wrist circumference or neck circumference. Be prepared to provide these if needed.
After taking all the measurements, double-check each one to ensure accuracy. Make sure the tape is flat against the body and not twisted.
11. Provide Detailed Notes:
When you order the custom gown, include detailed notes about any specific design elements or preferences you and your child have. This could include desired color, the custom measurements you took, and any embellishments or accessories.
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- Always use a soft measuring tape for accuracy.
- Take the measurements in inches or centimeters consistently.
- If you're unsure about a measurement, it's better to round up slightly rather than underestimate.
Here is a very helpful video on YouTube shot by a professional seamstress who gives very informative and detailed explanation on these steps.
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By following these steps and providing accurate measurements, you'll ensure that your child's custom-made gown fits perfectly and makes them feel like the belle of the ball on their special day. Don't hesitate to communicate with us to clarify any doubts or special requirements, as this will help achieve the best results. We are happy to assist you further with measurements and size charts info.