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Body Measurements for Custom Clothing

What is it about custom-fitted clothing that makes it so desirable? Why do those that buy it go to great lengths to ensure that the clothing they wear is custom fit to their body? Perhaps it is because those particular garments are meant for special occasions. Maybe their body measurements make it hard to find clothing that fits properly. It might be that they appreciate well-made and luxurious items that will last for decades.

Your reasons for seeking out custom-made clothing are your own. Everyone is different in that regard. Where everyone is the same, regardless of your background and budget, is that your body measurements are the key to having flawless custom-fitted clothing. Without accurate body measurements, your custom-made clothing will fit like ready-to-wear, off the shelf garments.

To get an understanding of what is happening behind the scenes to create that bespoke clothing feel, you need to ask a few questions.

· What does it take to get the perfect fit?

· What are the body measurements needed to get custom-fitted clothing that feels amazing?

· Why does it make a difference?

· Do I need to go to a tailor to get measured if I want custom-fitted clothing?

There is no better time than now to begin your custom-fitted clothing journey so we’ve asked and answered these questions for you.

What Makes the Perfect Fit?

If you always shop and buy off-the-rack, ready-to-wear clothing, finding the perfect fit is almost as rare as running across a unicorn on your Sunday stroll. The perfect fit, however, does exist. The reason it is difficult to find if you aren’t buying custom-fitted clothing, is because retailers often use one pattern and sizing guide to accommodate hundreds of body shapes and sizes. This makes the odds of perfectly matching off-the-rack clothing with your body type almost zero.

The perfect fit is a combination of accurate body measurements, a skillful tailor and the right style for your body type. Where style is subjective and a matter of choice and taste, body measurements are objective and a matter of precision and accuracy. Custom-fitted clothing begins with body measurements. Without those, you have no foundation upon which to build your custom garments.

Knowing this, it is clear that your body measurements are critical in achieving your ideal custom clothing. You may be asking, “Which body measurements do I need to get the perfect fit?”

What Body Measurements Are Necessary?

Many parts of the body need to be properly measured so that you can get perfect custom-fitted clothing. Depending on the complexity and the nature of the clothing you are ordering, there could be dozens of body measurements your tailor will need to create your custom-made apparel. Here are the standard body measurements that will allow your tailor to build you custom garments.

· Chest

This body measurement for any piece of men’s clothing is one of the most important measurements for a snug and custom fit. Having a proper fit around the chest is arguably as important as the style of your shirt. If it is too small, the buttons will want to pop off and you will have your breathing constricted. If it is too big, it will look as if you are a child who has stolen his father’s shirt!

The chest measurement is typically taken around the center of the chest while standing with your arms down at your sides. The tape measure goes over the area of your nipples, making sure to stand up straight and not puff out your chest. Remember, you aren’t trying to impress anyone! You are aiming to get the true measurement of your chest size.

· Bust

For women, searching for clothing that fits in all areas can be a nightmare. A woman’s body type is as unique as her personality so using a cookie-cutter approach to women’s clothing is particularly challenging. Accurately measuring the bust will give your tailor the ability to craft custom-fitted clothing that is built for your body measurements and your body measurements alone.

Measuring the bust is similar to measuring the chest size for men’s clothing. The measurement is taken around the center of the chest, at the apex of the bust, with your arms down at your sides. It is sometimes necessary to have your arms slightly raised in order to get the tape around the chest more easily. If you are measuring with a tape, make sure that the tape is snug but do not stretch or put excess pressure on the tape. This will skew the measurements.

· Shoulder

The shoulder measurement is important because it determines the size of the fabric on the back of your custom clothing. To meet the standards of excellence that many tailors and bespoke clothing creators have, the shoulder measurements need to be accurate. What exactly is that measurement?

The shoulder measurement starts where the shoulder begins to slop towards the arm. From that point, you measure across the back and end down at the same point on the opposite shoulder. This gives your tailor the body measurement needed to choose the right size of fabric for your custom piece. When measuring the shoulder, stand straight and tall, using your natural stance as a guide for the measurements.

· Neck

The neck measurement is often the most noticeable and aesthetically important body measurement. How a garment sits around your neck has a profound impact on how it looks and feels. If it is too small you will be struggling to breathe normally and if it is too big, you run the risk of having your clothing look like it was made for somebody else. Neck measurements that are even slightly off can lead to major dissatisfaction with your final product.

To get an accurate measurement of your neck with a tape measure, wrap the tape comfortably around the base of the neck. Make sure to keep one or two fingers between your neck and the tape. This extra space ensures that you have enough room to breathe when you receive your garment.

· Waist

The waistline is the measurement that causes the most amount of anxiety in people. Social ideals of beauty have put a lot of emphasis on a person’s waistline throughout the years. The waistline measurement can be a source of pride or a source of shame. The truth is that everyone’s body is unique and the size of your waist does not determine your worth as a person or how attractive you are.

For properly made custom-fitted clothing, the waist measurement is another crucial element to get right. As men, having your waistline measured too big can lead to uncomfortable bunching of the material at your waist or ill-fitting pants as well as interfering with the style and look of your custom garments. For women, the variance in styles and clothing designs means an accurate measurement for the waistline is crucial.

To properly measure the waistline, find the point 2 inches above the belly button and measure on a horizontal plane across and around the waist. These measurements should not be taken when you are holding in your breath or “sucking in”. Bespoke clothing should fit perfectly and that result cannot be accomplished if you aren’t honest about your body measurements.

What Is Girth and Vertical Measurements?

The question is often asked, “What is the most important body measurement?”, when you are getting custom-fitted clothing. The truth is, they are all important and necessary for a true and custom fit. For your bespoke apparel to fit as it should, every measurement is key. Two other areas of major importance are your girth measurement and your vertical measurement.

What is your girth measurement?

Girth is considered the circumferential dimension of the body. The girth enables you to know the present size of the body part and the changes in body dimensions over time. Girth measurement in the human body is very important to make a garment as knowing the girth allows tailors to create the appropriate apparel that can be worn and that fit the body. Here are some of the girth measurements that are factored into custom-made clothing: Chest girth, Neck girth, Thigh girth, Waist girth, Arm girth, Under bust girth, Hip girth, Wrist girth.

What are your vertical measurements?

The vertical measurements simply means length. Obtaining the length of the body is essential to how a garment is created. For example, the length of the legs or the length of the torso. These different measurements lead to millions of unique body compositions, making access to precise measurements all the more important.

Here are some of the different types of vertical measurements that are factored into custom-fitted clothing.

· Back Length (measured from the center of the shoulder at the back, down over the shoulder blade and to the waistline)

· Front Length (measured from the neck pint, traveling over the bust point and ending at the waistline)

· Bust Point Height (measured from the neck point and brought to the point of the bust)

· Sleeve Length (measured from the shoulder, down the arm to the desired sleeve length)

· Skirt Length (measured from the waistline down to the desired skirt length which could be a mini, knee, short, mid, maxi, ankle or gown length)

Other measurements could include:

· Length of the upper back (measured from the nape of your neck, across the back to the point where the arm joins the body)

· Depth under the bust (measured from the point of the bust to the bottom of the bra)

· Midriff (measured from the bottom of the bra to the waist)

· Side length (measured from the waist to the floor)

· Side length to knee (measured from the waist to the knee)

· Knee height (measured from the knee to the ground)

· Calf height (measured from the top of the calf to the ground)

As you can see, creating custom-fitted clothing is a complex process and accurate body measurements are the road map that leads to your ideal garments. If your measurements, either your girth or vertical measurements, are off, it can affect the entire feel and look of your custom-fitted clothing. Even one mistake can lead to a less-than-perfect fit. Getting these body measurements right from the beginning is essential to a great bespoke clothing experience.

Why Are These Body Measurements Important?

As you can see, without the proper measurements to work with, creating custom and bespoke/made-to-measure clothing would be impossible. They are the foundation and the building blocks upon everything else that your tailor does. You could say body measurements are key elements in the DNA of your custom-fitted clothing.

For the cut and fit of your bespoke clothing to be optimized, your body measurements need to be accurate. These appointments were once all done in person, with tailors taking all of the measurements themselves. After all, how else could it possibly be done? Considering no two bodies are the same, for a tailor to create custom-fitted clothing they would need to meet in person to get accurate and precise measurements.

Custom Measurements in 2022 and Beyond…

In-person sessions, regardless of the type, have been few and far between in the last two years. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the traditional way of getting measurements and flipped it on its head. Fortunately, measurement-related technology has advanced significantly in the past few years.

What once could only be done with an in-person visit can now be done with the use of a virtual tailoring tool. O-VTMT is a state-of-the-art tailor measuring tool that uses advanced ER (extended reality) and 3D model generation that allows tailors to directly measure your body without you being physically present with the tailor.

Designed for custom and bespoke tailoring, the O-VTMT does the job by providing an anonymized 3D model of the customer for the tailor to directly obtain the body measurements like it is done in person, a true tailor experience.

With an accuracy of +/-2 cm, O-VTMT gives tailors everything they need to work and the user freedom to obtain the accurate body measurements of their customers, no matter where they are. No more waiting to be measured in person for your bespoke clothing. Custom made suits, dresses and bespoke clothing of all types have never been more accessible, thanks to OVTMT.

Pre-calculated Measurements vs. Tailor Directed

Pre-calculated measurements are usually compiled and calculated from the photos that are provided and from which the 3D model is made. The pre-calculated metrics are presented at their finalized stage. In other words, it is already calculated for you. Tailor directed measurements are exactly as they sound. This is particularly important in custom-made clothing because a Tailor will know what measurements to take and where to take them to make an apparel that is custom fitted to you. During the initial step of making an apparel, the Tailor can discuss with you what you are looking for in relation to your garments and decide what needs to be measured from there. The entire process of ordering and having custom-fitted clothing made is always a unique experience. Knowing how critical proper body measurements are to the final product, it can be hard to imagine how that could happen without being in the presence of a tailor.

This is where O-VTMT comes in. What makes O-VTMT stand out from all the other body measurements tools such as zozosuit, vitronic etc. is its ability to be tailor-directed in such a way that the tailor can pull their own measurements on the 3D model just like they would on a real person.

O-VTMT: Accurate Body Measurements Have Never Been Easier

Inaccurate body measurements lead to terrible outcomes when it comes to custom-fitted clothing. This leads to wasted fabric on the part of the tailor, unnecessary time and energy spent on alterations and ill-fitting and un-stylish clothing. It also isn’t always possible to meet face-to-face with your tailor or clients. This once used to be an insurmountable challenge. Not anymore!

O-VTMT uses its intuitive learning algorithms and advanced software to create a 3D model of your body that your tailor can use to build your custom-fitted clothing. Measurements that are accurate to within +/- 2 cm gives you exactly what you need to create exactly what you want.

No more being limited by face-to-face visits! Go to O-VTMT today to see how you can begin leveraging their next-generation technology. Live without limits. O-VTMT.

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