The suit is based on measurements taken around your body at various heights.
You will need
- Two flexible tape measures (fabric/pvc/etc).
- Paper and pencil.
- A calculator (or slide-rule, or computer-calculator program, etc)
- A friend to help (optional).
What to do
- Wear shorts or tight thin trousers like my cycle leggings here. (Or nothing at all! :)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Now scale the numbers to 90% or whatever you chose (90% is just multiplying by 0.90).
- Take all the scaled leg 'around' measurements, divide them by 2, and write them into your table.
- 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 top 90% increment Length around 90% /2 ankle bone 698mm 628 228mm 205mm 103mm ankle waist 660mm 594 34mm 215mm 194mm 97mm start of calf 558mm 502 92mm 266mm 239mm 120mm bottom of calf 495mm 446 56mm 355mm 320mm 160mm mid calf 431mm 388 58mm 393mm 354mm 177mm bottom of kncap 342mm 308 80mm 342mm 308mm 154mm knee 304mm 274 34mm 381mm 343mm 171mm top of kncap 254mm 229 45mm 406mm 365mm 183mm mid thigh 101mm 91 138mm 584mm 526mm 263mm top of leg 0mm 0 91mm 622mm 560mm 280mm
- 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.
- The scaled body 'around' measurements should be divided by 4, not by 2. Write them into your table.
- 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 underarm 90% increment Length around 90% /4 top of legs 533mm 480 990mm 891mm 223mm wide bum 444mm 400 80mm 1016mm 914mm 229mm top bum 368mm 331 69mm 990mm 891mm 223mm waist 330mm 297 34mm 914mm 823mm 206mm navel 279mm 251 46mm 939mm 845mm 211mm underpecs 127mm 114 137mm 965mm 869mm 217mm pecs 76mm 68 46mm 1016mm 914mm 229mm underarms 0mm 0 68mm 1016mm 914mm 229mm