A great deal depends upon measurements, how we take them and how we use them. It shall be understood that there are two ways of obtaining measurements;. one is by the knowledge of proportions which is the method applied to wholesale manufacturing, and the second is a direct, special measurement which is used to obtain a pattern for an individual.
In obtaining measurements for regular sizes or wholesale manufacturing it is necessary to be well acquainted with the System of Proportions as explained in the preceding pages of this work. In obtaining measurements for individuals it, is very important to take measurements with certain knowledge. It is very important that when a measurement is taken of a live model the person of whom the measurement is taken shall be at ease in every way. The person of whom the measurement is taken shall stand in a natural pose; if naturally erect or naturally stooped she shall stand in such position when measurement is taken.
It is necessary that the measurements for every garment in the Corsetiering line shall be taken over an undergarment, but nothing more. It shall be understood that all measurements, as a rule, shall be taken snugly over the body, especially when a measurement is taken of a large size.
We shall now apply a method of measurements and its usefulness, which is as follows: It shall be understood that for girdles we require the waist measurement, two hip measurements and the length of the girdle fro m the waistline down. For bandeaux or brassieres we require only the breast, bust, waist and underarm length measurements. For corselettes we, require all the measurements. In order to better understand how to take these measurements please watch the diagram on the opposite page.
When taking the breast measurement, the tape measure shall be taken all around the body, right below the underarm, at No. 1, and shall be taken snugly. The bust measurement shall be taken around the back, under the arm, as the breast measurement, and in the front, over the fullest part of the bust, at No. 2, not as snug as the breast measurement. The waist measurement shall be taken snugly around the hollow part of the waist, at No. 3. The first hip measurement shall be taken six inches below the waistline all around the body, at No. 4. The second hip measurement shall be taken nine inches below the waistline all around the body, at No. 5. Take the underarm length from the underarm to the hollow of the waist, as shown on the opposite diagram from No. 6 to No. 7. Now take the length measurement required for style or for certain individual types of forms from the hollow of the waist downward, as explained in the preceding pages.