Measurement Sheet Project at The Costumer's Manifesto Costume Design & Construction Measurement Sheet Project (5C)
In this project you will learn to take measurements in preparation for building a costume. Use whatever scale of measurement (metric or inches) you normally use in your country.
Read : From Threads
magazine, and print out a copy of the
Sample Measurement Sheet to fill out. Read the part below the sheet about the "Magic Codes", so you will know what they are. Measure your performer (or with a partner measure yourself), and fill out as much of the form as you can.
Assume that you need to order an American made man's hat for this person. Using one of the charts below, find out the correct hat size to order based on the head measurement.
(Special note: Acme Notions
makes an inexpensive Hat measuring tape
Some English made hats are on a slightly different scale, so it is good to know about the conversion table
for these hats if you have a lot of old English made hats in your stockroom.
Write the appropriate hat size (based on your location) in the "hat size" box.
Trace the performer's foot shape on the back of the form for reference. Shoe sizes vary from country to country as well, so this Shoe Size conversion chart
can be used for ordering shoes from abroad that will fit correctly. And, by the way, in case you were wondering, shoe size is not an indication
of the size of...um...other...body parts.
While Glove size is needed so rarely that it isn't worthwhile to measure everyone for gloves, it is still handy to know methods for doing it. Here are some links that help:
Now that you have your measurements, read how to From Threads
magazine. Choose a particular
describing briefly which commercial pattern size you chose, and why (based on the measurements). Also mention if you can tell from the measurements that you will need to make any alterations to your (theoretical) pattern.
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