How to measure your cross shoulder width
Measuring your cross shoulder distance is vital for ensuring your top patterns fit correctly. This is the method I use to get an accurate measurement when doing it myself!
1. If your measuring tape has a hole in the metal tip, loop about 3 yards/meters of ribbon through the hole.
2. If it has no hole, make a really small hole with the point of your scissors and loop the ribbon through with a needle.
3. The best way is to have a mirror in the front and back of you to see better.
4. Mark your body for the shoulder tips. The low point shoulder can be found by feeling for the shoulder bone and raising your arm, if you raise your arm around 30 degrees and your finger does not move, you have found the correct position. See my YouTube video to view the tutorial (You could also place a piece of tape on your body and mark the tape if you don’t want to mark your skin. Or use little stickers to indicate the position.)
5. Place a piece of adhesive tape on the end of your measuring tape and adhere that to one side of your Low Point Shoulder (LPS) where you marked.
6. Wrap the measuring tape along your back shoulders until it comes to the other marked side.
7. Breathe in, breathe out.
8. Relax and don’t move those shoulders!
9. Very carefully, without moving the shoulders, look down and slightly in the back if you have a mirror.
10. Remember: The hardest thing is not moving as you take your measurements! This goes for when other people measure you or when you measure yourself!
I use this method with the ribbon for all my measurements and I leave the ribbon on at all times as a designated measuring tape. I find it so accurate when you use the method correctly. The biggest thing to remember is: am I standing like a mannequin, straight up, with the arms down, when I read my own measurements?
Watch my YouTube video to find out more! Don’t forget to tag me @ginareneedesigns so I can check in on your sewing journey!