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Dress Length Guide: How to Measure Dress Lengths

Dresses come in variety of  styles and lengths. The length of the dresses vary, based on the style. To measure dress length have someone help you take measurements.

  • Use a tape measure to get accurate measurements.
  • Take your measurements in inches.
  • Record your measurements for future reference.
Dress Length  Guide: How to Measure Dress Lengths

Dress Length Measurement

Red line indicate dress length measurement.


For dress length, measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck: Red Line) down the front of the body (over the breast) and all the way down to hem of the dress. (Blue Line)


How to Measure for Different Dress Lengths

Blue line indicate different dress lengths.


The hemline length (bottom edge) of a dress varies depending on the style of and design.


Ankle Length Dress

Ankle length fashion ends at the ankle. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to ankle.


Ballerina

The ballerina length dress ends right above the ankle. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to (couple of inches) above the ankle.


Below Knee

As the name suggests, this type of dress ends below the knee. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to couple of inches below the knee.


Below Mid-Calf

A general term used to refer to dresses below Mid-calf such as Ballerina, Ankle Length and Floor length dresses.


Cocktail Dress or Above Knee

This dress length ends few inches above the knee. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to few inches above the knee.


Floor Length Dress

Floor length designs are nearly touching the floor. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to floor length. If heels are to be worn add extra length depending on the size of the heel height.


Intermission Dress

This style of dress also known as a Midi Length falls between the knee and mid-calf. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to mid-point between knee and mid-calf.


Knee-Length Dress

You guessed it, knee length hemline ends at knee height. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to knee, grazing the top of knee.


Mini

Mini dress length ends at mid thigh. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to mid thigh.


Tea Length Dress or Mid-Calf Dress

The hemline for Tea length style of dress drops to the mid-calf. Measure from shoulder (near the side of the neck) to mid-calf.


See Also:
References:

Vogue Sewing. Revised and Updated

Vogue Patterns. 1990


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