How to Measure Your Child's Dress
Shoulder to Hem, or Dress Length
Measure from the highest part of the shoulder (or the hollow in the throat) to the
bottom of the hem (dress), over the fullest part of the chest.
Measure across the widest part of the Chest and shoulder blades (back), so the
measuring tape goes completely around the body. For young girls this can
be one inch below the bottom of the dress arm hole (underarm seam).
Measure around your natural waistline; making a complete circle. Do not pull the
tape tight or suck in the stomach. Insert a finger under the tape so the
dress is not too tight. The natural waist is when you bend over to the
side, where your skin folds, is your natural waist.
You can also measure your child's dress that fits her well to determine the size of your child:
1) Lay the dress down on a flat surface, measure across the chest and waist, and
double the measurements
to get the exact size she'll need.
2) For the length, the best way is to hang the dress on a hanger, and measure from the outside shoulder straight down to the hem.
This is the way dress size charts are made. They give customers exact measurements, or as close as can be
with variations of up to ½ inch of the measurements.