There is nothing more disheartening than spending hours on a beautiful sweater or cardigan only to find it doesn’t fit properly. But there is something you can do to make sure your latest pattern fits properly – measure yourself.
All our patterns come with something we call a schematic or blocking diagram that shows you all the important dimensions of a garment such as width, length and sleeve size. The sizing information also gives you the bust size. Some patterns also give the distance from the armpit to the waist as well – very useful if you need to lengthen or shorten a garment.
To measure yourself properly you are going to need a friend to help because they can take accurate measurements as you stand in a natural relaxed position. It is probably best to do this in your underwear or with a thin vest or t-shirt. Draw a picture of a body and make sure you record all the measurements you might need so that you can refer to it for future projects.
The most important measurements are:
Bust – at the widest point.
Waist – the thinnest point between your bust and hips.
Hips – at the point where your hip bones jut out.
Bottom – at the widest point.
Arm – from your armpit to your wrist.
You could also measure:
Wrist – at the point just above your hand.
Back neck to waist.
Outside arm – from your shoulder to your wrist.
Once you have done this we encourage you to do a tension square as a final check to make sure the size you are making will fit you perfectly and look amazing on you.