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Introduction

The suit is based on measurements taken around your body at various heights.

You will need

What to do

  1. Wear shorts or tight thin trousers like my cycle leggings here. (Or nothing at all! :)
  2. Hold one tape measure along your leg so it makes a good reference for where each measurement was taken. You could stand on one end to anchor it and draw it up each time as you measure higher, you could try to tuck one end into your waistband, or anything else that proves convenient.
  3. Measure around your leg at various points, keeping it straight, and noting both how far around it is and how far along you're measuring. It's best to use mm rather than inches because it's much easier to work out a percentage of a length in mm.
  4. You should start measuring at your ankle, around where you want the catsuit's cuff to be; then around where your calf starts; where your knee starts; around your knee; where your knee ends; half way up your thigh; and at the very top of your thigh.
  5. It's easiest if you have a friend jot down the numbers, or if you have something handy to record your voice for later transcription, but if you're writing the numbers down yourself while measuring, be fairly careful not to move the tape measure running along your leg.
  6. Put the numbers in a table like this:
    LEG Distance from top Length around
    ankle bone 698mm 228mm
    ankle waist 660mm 215mm
    start of calf 558mm 266mm
    bottom of calf 495mm 355mm
    mid calf 431mm 393mm
    bottom of kncap 342mm 342mm
    knee 304mm 381mm
    top of kncap 254mm 406mm
    mid thigh 101mm 584mm
    top of leg 0mm 622mm
  7. Now scale the numbers to 90% or whatever you chose (90% is just multiplying by 0.90).
  8. Take all the scaled leg 'around' measurements, divide them by 2, and write them into your table.
  9. You might want to work out ahead of time the 'increment' - the distance between the scaled measurements - I find it helpful, myself. (Just subtract each 'distance from top/underarm' from the one before, as shown; if they turn out negative, it just means your measurements were started from the other end.)
    LEG Distance from top90%increment Length around90%/2
    ankle bone 698mm628 228mm205mm103mm
    ankle waist 660mm594 34mm 215mm194mm 97mm
    start of calf 558mm502 92mm 266mm239mm120mm
    bottom of calf 495mm446 56mm 355mm320mm160mm
    mid calf 431mm388 58mm 393mm354mm177mm
    bottom of kncap 342mm308 80mm 342mm308mm154mm
    knee 304mm274 34mm 381mm343mm171mm
    top of kncap 254mm229 45mm 406mm365mm183mm
    mid thigh 101mm 91 138mm 584mm526mm263mm
    top of leg 0mm 0 91mm 622mm560mm280mm
  10. Now do the same for your body. You should be able to hold the end of the tape measure in your armpit. Start measuring from where you took your 'top of thigh' measurement (but around both legs at the same time, this time); around your buttocks; around your waist; around the base of your ribs; around the widest point of your chest (or bust if you have one); and around immediately under your underarms.
  11. The scaled body 'around' measurements should be divided by 4, not by 2. Write them into your table.
  12. Find the largest of these numbers (probably the top of the leg). Make a note of this: it is half your body piece's width, and it is referred to later. (For these measurements, that's 280mm in the final column of the table above.)
    BODY Distance from underarm90%increment Length around90%/4
    top of legs 533mm480 990mm 891mm223mm
    wide bum 444mm400 80mm 1016mm914mm229mm
    top bum 368mm331 69mm 990mm 891mm223mm
    waist 330mm297 34mm 914mm 823mm206mm
    navel 279mm251 46mm 939mm 845mm211mm
    underpecs 127mm114 137mm 965mm 869mm217mm
    pecs 76mm 68 46mm 1016mm914mm229mm
    underarms 0mm 0 68mm 1016mm914mm229mm

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