How to measure yourself for buying vintage clothes
I measure clothing “flat”, which is a standard way of taking vintage clothing measurements by laying the piece out on a table and taking measurements, doubling where appropriate (i.e., waist and hip measurements are doubled).
Here is how to measure yourself so that you can know if the clothing will fit:
Measure at the widest point of your bust, while you’re wearing a bra.
I usually add 1-2 inches to ensure a comfortable fit.
Measure your waist at the smallest point, usually right above your belly button, without sucking in.
At the widest point of your hips, usually about 7 inches below your waist.
Do not draw the tape measure too tight!
See the illustrated measuring guide that I made below, out of the pages scanned from the 1935 Chicago Mail Order Catalog.