Adventures in Dressmaking: You may appreciate this--our little video on how to measure yourself

Sunday, April 8, 2012

You may appreciate this--our little video on how to measure yourself

I've mentioned before that my talented mother, who taught me how to sew and inspires me to do my best quality work to make things that really fit well and last, has a business making historic clothing for historic sites, museums, reenactors etc.

We put together a little video how-to about how to measure yourself to get accurate measurements.  A lot of people don't know how to do it themselves, and since she does so much of her business mail order to people all over the place, we thought it'd be helpful.  But it's also cool for you guys to see!

If you're new to sewing for yourself, or for people as opposed to making things other than garments, you may want to watch this!  Here goes, my mom and me showing you how to measure yourself for your historic clothing order (although almost all of the measurements are useful for modern clothing, too!):


Haha, yup, that's what we look like... funny how video is so much more real than photography sometimes!

So, did you learn anything?  Or, do you have any tips for how you get accurate measurements for yourself?

After you check out this video you may wanna see my posts on picking the right pattern size, and about pattern fit!

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  1. Okay, you are just the cutest mother-daughter duo I have ever seen! How cool to have a mother who makes period garments! If I ever attend a ball, I will order my dress from your mom!

    Thanks for the video. This should help me a lot as I try to learn how to sew. I love your blog so much!

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    1. Aaw, thanks, haha! Yep, she's definitely a great resource to have! =)

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  2. Oh thanks for this :) It was really helpful
    http://theredoneblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. kunjungan gan :)
    bagi bagi motivasi :
    Sesungguhnya di saat kesusahan teman, satu senyum yang tulus lebih berharga daripada sejuta kata yang tiada guna.
    ditunggu kunjungan baliknya gan :)

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  4. Thank you so much ladies for taking the time to make this for us all to learn from! I am saving this one to look at again.

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    1. Of course! Definitely check back next time you need measurements!

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  5. thanks for this! i giggled a few times, yall are so cute. and you have the prettiest milky white skin, i love it. and your moms calm mannerisms and gentle voice are so relaxing!!

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    1. Haha, thanks! Yeah we had fun and were only the teeniest bit nervous being recorded!

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  6. This is helpful. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. thanks for this video, i really needed it! :)

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  8. This was excellent, it will help me tons as I'm a beginner sewer still trying to learn. Recently I've been wondering about how to figure out how to measure for a hem. I think this video might be helpful.

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad! Figuring skirt length isn't too hard; just make sure your measuring tape is coming from the right part of your body--true waist if your skirt will sit at the waist, e.g. You could also measure or double-check on an existing skirt you have!

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