The measurements noted are the actual measurements of the garment laying flat. For bust, waist and hip measurements, the measurements are taken and then doubled. Some material does allow for give/stretch, but is not taken into consideration when measurements are taken.
Please remember vintage sizing does not correspond to today's sizing. We encourage you to take your own measurements and allow a bit of wiggle room for ease of movement and comfort.
Although most vintage garments can be altered by a professional seamstress for a flawless fit, when shopping online, especially for vintage clothing, it is very important to know your measurements before falling in love with an amazing vintage piece. Here is a helpful basic measurement guide to assist you in determining the dimensions of your own beautiful curves.
Height: Stand straight (not too straight, just as usual) with your back, your head and your heels against the wall. Ask a Measurer to mark a spot at the wall using a ruler that goes on top of your head perpendicular to the wall. Measure the vertical distance from the floor to the mark.
Bust: Take this measurement over the fullest part of the bust and across the widest part of the back. The measuring tape should go horizontally all around your body.
Waist: To locate your waistline, tie a narrow string around the waist and let it settle into the natural waistline as you bend to the left and to the right. Take the measurement along the stringline.
Hips: Take the measurement around the fullest part, which is usually 18cm (7") to 23cm (9") below the waist.
Ever wonder how we determine some of those additional measurements on some of our items?
Shoulder to Waist: Measured from the shoulder seam to the waist seam
Skirt Length: Measured from waist seam to bottom of hem line
Total Length: Measured from shoulder seam to bottom of hem line
Total Length if strapless: Measured from under arm seam to bottom of hem line
Sleeves: Measured from the top of the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve
Shoulders: Measured across the back from shoulder seam to shoulder seam