How to Take Blouse Measurements: A Complete Guide

How to Take Blouse Measurements: A Complete Guide

    Fashion, much like art, begins with a canvas - in this case, the perfect fit of a blouse that flatters and fits like a second skin. Whether you're stepping into the world of bespoke tailoring or ensuring your online purchases fit impeccably, knowing how to take blouse measurements is a skill that can transform your wardrobe from ordinary to extraordinary - while also reducing the number of returns you make after some online retail therapy!

    In this comprehensive guide, we’re going through the process step by step, so you can .

    Importance of Accurate Measurements

    While the right blouse can elevate your look, the cornerstone of an elegant look lies in its fit. Whether you're exploring designer blouses for women for a special occasion or simply updating your wardrobe, accurate measurements ensure that you select pieces that enhance your silhouette, while providing you with the desired style and fit you’re going for.

    Remember, a garment's appeal is in how it fits your unique shape, not just in its design. And for those exploring fashion for plus-size women or those shopping for Petite sizing, accurate measurements are particularly important in selecting or designing pieces that flatter and fit comfortably.

    Essential Tools for Measuring

    Before taking a look at the measurement process, let's ensure you have the right tools at hand. A soft measuring tape is your primary tool, flexible enough to wrap around your body accurately. You might also want to ensure clarity by keeping a notebook and pen for jotting down measurements, and possibly a second person to help ensure the tape is positioned correctly.

    Step-by-Step Measurement Process

    a woman measuring her waist
    1. Bust Measurement: To begin, wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, ensuring it's parallel to the ground. Don't pull too tight - the tape should rest comfortably.
    2. Waist Measurement: Identify your natural waistline, usually the narrowest part of your torso, and measure without sucking in your stomach. Again, aim for a snug but comfortable fit.
    3. Hip Measurement: Measure around the widest part of your hips, ensuring the tape is over the fullest part of your buttocks. For accuracy, make sure the tape measure is level.
    4. Shoulder Width: From the edge of one shoulder to the other, measure across the back for the total width.
    5. Blouse Length: Decide your desired length by measuring from the shoulder down to where you want the blouse to end.
    6. Sleeve Length: If your design requires, measure from the shoulder edge down to where you envision your sleeve ending.

    Tips for Precision

    • Stand Naturally: Your posture affects your measurements. Stand comfortably, breathe normally, and ensure even footing for accuracy.
    • Measure Twice: It's better to measure twice and cut once, as the saying goes. Double-checking ensures precision.
    • Wear Fitting Clothing: Thin, form-fitting clothing - or ideally, the undergarments you plan to wear with the blouse - will provide the most accurate measurements.

    Customizing Fit for Different Styles

    Understanding the basics of blouse measurements opens a world of customization, so whether you're leaning towards a fitted silhouette or a flowy bohemian style, measurements are your blueprint. Adjustments can be made for a tighter fit or more ease, depending on the blouse's design and your personal preference.


    How should I adjust measurements for a loose-fitting blouse?

    For a looser fit, add an inch or two to your bust, waist, and hip measurements, depending on your preference for the blouse's looseness. The amount of additional space added will depend on the desired silhouette and personal comfort.

    Can I measure a well-fitting blouse instead of my body for new designs?

    Yes, measuring a blouse that fits you well is a great way to replicate its fit. Lay the blouse flat on a surface and measure the bust, waist, hip, shoulder width, blouse length, and sleeve length. Ensure the garment is not stretched or distorted while measuring.

    What do I do if my measurements don't match any single size on a size chart?

    If your measurements fall between sizes, consider the garment's fit and fabric. For a more forgiving fabric or a looser fit, you might choose the smaller size. For a fitted design or less stretchy fabric, opt for the larger size. Alternatively, consider custom tailoring for a perfect fit.

    How often should I take my measurements?

    Your body measurements can change over time due to various factors like weight fluctuations, exercise, or changes in lifestyle. It's a good idea to take your measurements every 6 to 12 months, or whenever you notice significant changes in your body shape or size.

    How can I convert my measurements from inches to centimeters?

    To convert inches to centimeters, multiply your measurement in inches by 2.54. For example, if your bust measurement is 36 inches, it would be 36 * 2.54 = 91.44 centimeters. Most measuring tapes have both inches and centimeters, making it easy to record your measurements in either unit.


    Article by:

    Gina Kuyers

    Gina Kuyers is the founder of Luxeire. The idea for Luxeire came out of founder Gina’s frustration with the discomfort and high maintenance of beautiful clothing. With a 20-year career and PhD in school psychology, Gina spent decades applying research to real-world problem solving. She brought these well-honed skills to designing and producing a line of elevated wardrobe staples.

    Gina grew up in West Michigan where she attended Calvin College graduating with a degree in education. She continued her education at Fordham where she received her PHD in school psychology. Gina and her husband, David, have four adult children and live in New Jersey—just a short ferry ride from the Luxeire studio in New York City.