How to Measure Hips and Waists


Sewists should understand the importance of taking accurate hip and waist measurements to create clothing with flattering fits that are also healthy. Waist-to-hip ratios are frequently used as indicators of well-being.

To accurately measure your hips, use a flexible tape measure to locate the widest part of your lower body (between hip bones and buttocks) using level ground with the snug fitting of the tape measure against the body.

Find the Widest Part of Your Hips

The widest point of your hips is where the pointed tops of your hip bones meet; typically, this occurs 6-8 inches down from your natural waist, depending on your body type. Knowing this measurement is vital when shopping for clothing that complements your figure.

To take this measurement, a flexible tape measure and mirror will suffice. Any clothing that may impede taking an accurate hip circumference measurement – for instance, tights or pants – should also be removed before taking this measurement. If you feel uncertain of your ability to take this measurement on your own accurately, ask someone else for assistance; doing so allows for double-checking of measures that might otherwise go undetected.

Any thin fabric can be used if you don’t own a flexible tape measure. Ensure measurements are taken from front to back without sagging or twisting the tape, which could alter results.

Once the tape measure is in place, use your right hand to pin one end securely against the widest part of your hip with your right hand. This will keep the end firmly in place while you wrap its opposite end around your butt and across your front to measure butts and show. Check that it remains parallel with the floor while covering to reach the widest point on either hip.

Take your hip measurement by pinching both ends of a tape measure together where they meet after you encircle your body, then record this number as your hip size. Knowing this measurement can be instrumental when shopping for clothes as it gives an idea of how each garment will fit on your hips when trying it on in-store; knowing your hip size allows you to know if an item should be purchased larger or smaller or whether its current size should suffice.

Wrap the Tape Measure

For accurate hip measurements, wrap a tape measure around the widest point of your buttocks and hip bones. Make sure that it fits easily back to its starting point without leaving an imprint on your skin – it may help if someone can assist in taking this measurement step, as this process may be uncomfortable for some individuals.

Fabric measuring tapes are easier to use than metal ones, which may kink and distort measurements. You could also try string or ribbon as alternatives, though remember they may be less flexible and may not provide as precise a measurement.

Assure the most accurate results by measuring your hips naked if possible; remove footwear, socks, and other garments, if applicable.

When sewing your garments, this method can also help you craft an hourglass-shaped waistline by tailoring the pattern according to your hip shape. For instance, if your hips cut out at the top before turning in towards your waist abruptly, adding volume at the front can help transform this into more of an hourglass silhouette.

Take measurements of your waist, hips, and inseam when shopping online or at stores – this will enable you to compare them against a manufacturer’s size chart, making sure you purchase clothing tailored perfectly to your body type and maximum comfort during shopping sessions.

When measuring your bust, start at the center of its curve on the front of your shoulder and measure across its fullest part – this should include all fullness at its widest part – making sure the tape measure remains snug without being tight against your body. After measuring, pinch both ends together where they meet to record their number at that spot.

Pin the Tape Measure to the Widest Point of Your Hips

When taking measurements of your hips, use a flexible tape measure. These are commonly available in sewing kits or online; alternatively, they can be found at grocery stores and local markets. Tailors use this form of measurement for accurate readings; it will help pinpoint where the widest point of your hips lies. If unsure how to locate this spot yourself, ask someone else for assistance; standing behind you helps emphasize curves of the body so they can better find where the widest part is situated more quickly.

As another method for taking accurate hip measurements, using pants that you already have can also provide accurate readings. Although this method can be more challenging, ensuring the pair fits well is critical. First, make sure the waistline sits above your crotch before spreading it out on a hard surface (floor or table) until its widest point, which typically lies about one-half to two inches below the zipper top, is located.

Once you’ve identified this point, measure from its most comprehensive section down to the leg’s base edge – then double this number for total hip width measurements.

An accurate hip measurement will allow you to find clothing that fits perfectly while helping prevent health risks like diabetes and heart disease by ensuring that weight is distributed equally between thighs and belly. Knowing your hip-to-waist ratio may also reduce these health risks by helping avoid clothing that clings too tightly to that area of the body.

If you plan on sewing your clothes, taking an accurate hip measurement is critical to creating tailored garments for your body shape. Correct measurements will save time by helping to avoid returning ill-fitting clothing, while custom pieces made from accurate measurements will look perfect when worn!

Pinch the Tape Measure Together

Take measurements at the widest part of your buttocks when measuring your hips. To do this accurately and without restriction, remove clothing that covers too much of your lower body before measuring using a flexible tape measure that is tight enough for accurate results but not so tight that it feels constrictive.

Once you have located the widest point of your hips, pinch both ends of a tape measure together at where they meet to take an accurate hip measurement and record that number as your hip measurement. Use this number when shopping online or in stores.

Figuring out your hip measurements for women is critical to finding clothes that fit comfortably and often differ from waist measurements. Understanding these differences will enable you to select clothing suitable to you.

Hips are the smallest part of the lower body, while waists are the narrowest points on the upper body. Women often have wider hips than waists.

To take an accurate waist measurement, it is essential to remove any loose clothing that might skew your results and stand up straight to get a precise representation of your body shape.

If you are having difficulty finding your waist, try bending over and looking where the tape measure meets your belly button – this area is known as your natural waist and can indicate body type. For a more accurate measurement, try wearing form-fitting pants or a t-shirt and measuring your waist to find out where your natural waist lies – this will allow you to determine which clothing types best suit your figure and prevent unnecessary purchases of too big or too-small items.