How to Measure

Measurements are an essential part of creating your costume or monster. I may need something to know as simple as a neck circumference, or how tall you are, or I may need you to make a duct-tape copy of yourself for me to work from. Basically the more accurate and relevant measurements you can provide me with, the easier it is to make your item.

Once a design is sorted for your item I will email across a list of the measurements I need on an MSWord document form (or whatever your preferred format is). This will have an image attached of where on your body each measurement is meant to relate to.

Equipment for basic measurements
• A tape measure, in cm or inches.
• Failing that, a lot of string and a decent ruler. Cut or mark the string at the length of the required measurement from your body, and measure it against the ruler.

Tips for taking basic measurements
• Get a friend to help! This is the easiest way to avoid errors, an extra pair of hands saves trying to bend into shapes Escher would be proud of to get a tape measure around you.
• Use a mirror. As an example: if you need to take a measurement that needs to be level across the chest, look in a mirror whilst you work to make sure you have the tape measure positioned correctly.
• Always use cm or inches, and don’t mix the two together on the form! If anything looks totally awry I will recheck the measurement with you, but this causes delays to the pattern work I will need to do.

Duct-Tape Dummies
• A duct-tape dummy is a hard copy of your body shape that I can pattern directly onto, and is usually used for very close fitting items such as catsuits, or the base layers for fur-construct style monsters.
• Many websites involved in the Furry fandom have information on how to make your own duct-tape dummy, this one is the best I’ve found: MixedCandy.com

Tips for duct-tape dummies
• Get extra people to help! These dummies really, really need extra hands to help tape you into the dummy, and cut you out again afterwards.
• It’s essential for me that your dummy is in a ‘neutral’ standing pose such as the one demonstrated in the link above, however if this is not possible for you then get someone to photograph the post that you do end up in before the dummy is cut off, and I will be able to reform it to that shape.