Don't forget: You are beautiful, and you deserve beautiful knits that fit your beautiful self.
NOTE: The photos demonstrate where the tape measure should be placed. When YOU measure yourself, don't measure over your clothing!
I had to do that because, well, this is a family website, but measuring
over your clothing will add extra bulk. You want the REAL you, not the
bulky clothed you, for your measurements. It's best to measure over
your basic underthings (bra, panties, slip, or camisole). Read more
about measuring in Sandi's post "The Four Knitting Truths".
About Positive Ease, Negative Ease, and Those Pesky Measurements
What it IS: Your Full Bust Measurement, which the circumference of your chest at its fullest/curviest/most voluptuous point.
What it is NOT: This is NOT your bra band size! It is also not your underbust measurement, nor your high bust measurement.
How to find it: You should be wearing the undergarments you
would wear with a knitted top of the type you're intending to make, but
ditch the layers, sweaters, and bulky outer clothing for this
performance. Bra only is best; bra with camisole is fine. Wrap a
flexible tape measure around your bust. Make sure the tape lays flat,
and goes only over your chest and shoulderblades, not over your arms or
your cat or anything else. Wrap the tape around the biggest part of
your bust, which on most gals is somewhere at or slightly above nipple
level. Breathe normally--do not hold your breath!
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Surprisingly, not everyone knows where their "real" waist is! The
trouble seems to be that most definitions say the waist is your
narrowest part...and that just isn't true for non-hourglass gals. Feel
along your sides for the top of your hipbones, and then wiggle your
fingers around the area until you find the natural indentation just
above the bones--that's what is supposed to be your waist.
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Again, this can be tough to locate if you are not an hourglass. Feel
along your sides for your leg joint, and then LOOK DOWN to see if this
is the widest part of you. Wiggle the tape around until it looks as
though you've got it around your widest bit.
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Buddha Belly (for Rubenesque and Goddess gals)
If you've got one, you know what I'm talking about. Measure around
the most generous part of your belly, because any sweater you make is
going to have to stretch over that.
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High Tummy (also for Rubenesque and Goddess Gals)
If you have a little padding of plush under your bust and your waist, measure that at its most generous curve.