I’ve read about body mapping in the fitting book of Palmer and Alto’s Fit for Real People. I’ve dismissed it as stupid and a waste of time. Sort of like the whole fitting shell thing. Well. Well. I had Marni at our last meeting do me an outline of the old body. Lo and behold it isn’t a waste of time! Highly recommend this to not only see what you body might look like in a crime scene but to get a completely different look at your lovely body. You can’t see the grid lines on this photo but they are quite helpful in getting a great look at your body and type.
Here is what I learned.
- My right side is higher than the left.
- My left shoulder is sloping but not the right.
- I am short waisted
- I have almost no visible waist.
- I have a long crotch length
- My knees are average (Who knew!)
- I have a small frame and small bust. (I knew that!)
- I am either an hourglass or a rectangle. My waist has little indentation but then my hips and shoulders are about the same width and my waist is 10″ less than my hips. Unclear but I don’t think it really matters much. Hourglass certainly has a better ring to it.
My measurements are as follows
- Height 5’7
- My high bust is 31 (I’ve been measuring wrong, I thought it was 32 1/2)
- Bust 34
- Rib cage area 28 1/2
- Waist is 27
- Hips 37
- I’ve been sewing with a 12/14. I refused to think my bodice size to be an 8.
There are a lot more measurements to do if you decide to do a body map. I chose the ones that I thought would be most helpful. I really care a less what my ankle or wrist measurements are.
Fit for Real People goes into detail on how to do a body map and for a seamstress who is constantly looking for ways not to do something I thought this was really worth the time. Goes without being said that you need a partner.