HOW TO MEASURE TO GET
THE CORRECT ACTUAL
First, your bra size is irrelevant. This is actual measurement.
Put on your bra, and measure with a tape around your back
to the front edge of the cup. That measurement should
fall somewhere within the bust measurement range for each blouse.
It can be bigger, or smaller, depending on how loose you
want the blouse to be. The hip measurement cited is at the
EXAMPLE HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF BELOW
These pictures show a
Medium Blouse Form
This is how you MUST measure
to be sure your blouse will fit.
HOW TO UNDERSTAND MY MEASUREMENTS
Below is a Huichol Blouse. It has three measurements.
1. The yoke
2. Underarm to underarm opened up
2. side to side at the hips
The yoke measurement is the area side to side that runs above the bust,
and above the gathers.
That number, doubled, is the first number in the bust range, and the smaller.
This blouse would have a 44" starting bust number.
UNDERARM TO UNDERARM
The second measurement is underarm to underarm, taking into
consideration the amount of gathers available.
The second bust number is 27 doubled. or 54" completely opened.
Taking off 4" for comfort, the bust range for this blouse is
44" - 50"
The third measurement is the bottom of the blouse, opened fully.
This blouse has a hip opening that is 60". Taking off 4" for comfort
(you don't want it to hang up or bind)
This blouse has a hip measurement of 56".
Therefore, this particular blouse has
Bust 44" - 50"
Hips to 56"
Once you know the yoke size that fits you, it should be consistent
throughout the Huichol Blouses.
THE CHIAPAS BLOUSE
This blouse is really problematic, because folks always order it
too small, and it is not uncommon to have to exchange it 3 or 4 times
to get the right size.
EXAMPLE: one of my customers has a 38DD Bust. After
4 exchanges she finally found the blouse that fit - it was a 50" Chiapas.
Chiapas blouses are unforgiving. They are cut square, have no gathers,
and are supposed to be big and loose. That is why you MUST measure
your ACTUAL bust and add at least 4-6" to be sure it will fit. If you have
a really generous bust, you will have to add even more inches.
Given that I have been exchanging so many I clearly am
not being specific, so here you go:
The measurement I give you is underarm to underarm.
This blouse has a 42" measurement. If you are someone
with a "B" cup you should have an actual measurement no greater
than 38". A larger cup would probably mean you need a 44" or 46".
The bottom of the blouse is the same as the top, so remember your hips.
Just remember, whatever size you think you should get, you are probably
off by at least one size too small.