Human Body MEASUREMENTS – British standards

In Fashion Design, the Human Body MEASUREMENTS –

British standards are every important for designing apparel for the particular client….. Especially measurements are used for stitching purpose for exact fitting of human body.

British standards for measurements

Human measurements are categorized under several ways, they are: regarding gender [Female or Male], age group [0-6 months, 1 yr baby, toddler, school going, teen age, adult, pantaloons], society, etc., it may change..,

The necessary of considering body measurements are:

To construct the garments well fitted to body,

Patterns can be drafting and garments can be stitched by the use of measurements, also we can use the same measurement chart for several types of styles

When we are buying general measurement chart and plan to correct that pattern to one’s body fitness, measurement is must

How to prepare for measuring the human body measurements?

The thing needed for measuring are: Good quality measurement tape which should not get stretched in any way, more frequently we need to change measurement tape.

Measurements should be taken over a flat smooth surface

Before ready to take measurements, need to tie a cord around the waist portion for fitting Stand straight with arms suspending straight at the sides

Take comfortable measurements, exclude tight of loose fitted

Tape must be parallel to the floor for horizontal measurements and perpendicular to the floor for vertical measurements

Standardizing Body Measurements:

The standards of human body measurements are well-accepted by several companies, they are following this standard measurements constant. When considering British standards, the following are the size ranges with measurements:

For High-Street Fashion garments, the measurements standardized for S, M, L and XL-Size range in centimeters are,

Bust = 82, 88, 94, 100

Waist = 62, 68, 74, 80

Hip = 87, 93, 99, 105

Back Width = 32.8, 34.4, 36, 37.6

Chest = 30.6, 32.4, 34.2, 36

Shoulder = 11.9, 12.3, 12.6, 13

Neck size = 35.5, 37, 38.5, 40

Dart = 6.1, 7, 7.9, 8.8

Arm Hole Depth = 20.2, 21, 21.8, 22.6

Waist to Knee = 57.7, 58.5, 59.3, 60.1

Waist to Hip = 20.2, 20.6, 21, 21.4

Trouser Bottom Width = 21.5, 22, 22.5, 23

Jeans Bottom Width = 18.5, 19, 19.5, 20



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