How We Measure Vintage Clothing

To ensure a good fit, we recommend that you purchase a dressmakers tape (available at most craft and fabric stores) and measure yourself over the undergarments you intend to wear with the outfit. You can also measure a garment that fits you well and compare those measurements to the ones we have provided. 

Clothing is measured on a flat surface with a flexible dressmakers tape and measurements for chest, waist, hips should be doubled. We also provide the dress form measurement as a basis for seeing how the garment fits. Vintage fabrics tend not to give and can be fragile, so please allow a few inches for wiggle room. If a larger garment is clipped on the dress form we will note it in the listing.

How We Measure clothing:

Length - Shoulder to hem
Length waist - Shoulder to defined waist
Bust/chest - Underarm to underarm (need to double)
Waist - Width at natural waist (need to double)
Hips - 5-6" below natural waist (need to double)
Sleeve length - Shoulder seam to sleeve hem
Back - Arm seam to arm seam at the shoulder

How we measure shoes:

Insole: place tip of tape measure at toe, follow the footbed to the heel (interior)
Sole: toe to edge of heel (exterior)

Ball: 3" from tip of toe, measure width of sole (exterior)
Heel: measure the heel only, not the shoe (exterior)

We provide measurements to help you make an informed choice, but all measurements should be considered approximate. 

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