How to Measure a Dress?

Jul 21, 2016 · 3 min read

Before we start with the measuring, lay down the dress on a flat hard surface and smooth out any wrinkles you might see. Once that is done, follow the below steps:

Free sizing templates available on
  1. Bust: The measurement is taken from side seam to side seam directly under the armhole or sleeve.
  2. Waist: This is the smallest part of your waist. The measurement is taken from side to side directly at the waistline
  3. Hip: This is the widest part of your hip, across the hipbone. Measurement is taken approximately 7–9 inches below the natural waistline. The measurement is taken from side to side directly at the hip line
  4. Flare: This is the length of the flare of your dress. Flare is the bottom wide length of your dress.
  5. Strap to Hem: This measurement is obtained from the top of the strap down to the hem.
  6. Waist to Hem: The length measurement is obtained from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the hemline.
  7. DONE

Pro Tip: If you are selling clothing online, sign up for the free size chart creator.‍

  • Take all measurements lying flat. Do this on a clean floor or table. Hanging clothes can stretch as you measure and if you have them on a dress model of a different size this can skew your measurement.
  • Use a flexible tape measure at least 36″ long. Don’t try to take clothes measurements with a standard 12″ ruler you’ll end up with an inaccurate measurement. If you have no tape measurement handy and this is somewhat of an emergency, you can always download a printable measuring online.
  • Measure twice! If you don’t get the same measurement both times try again.
  • Record measurement to the nearest ¼ inch. Anything more specific is irrelevant but remember lying flat measurements are generally doubled (e.g. lying flat waist of 12.5″ can be understood as a 25″ waist) so a ¼ inch could make a difference.
  • Take measurements when you’re taking photos. Trying to measure as your listing at your desk ends up taking a lot more time and energy moving back and forth between tasks.

Video Instructions:

For visual learners, please check out the YouTube video below:


Create a Free Size Charts for a Dress 👗

Used by over 35,000 online sellers worldwide, helps sellers illustrate sizing measurements.

Free Size Chart & Template Creator

Access over 220 Designs across all major eCommerce categories. 5 Star Reviewed.

Sizely Template Creator in Action

More tips & tricks

For more measurement guides and other seller tips visit our Blog.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store