Warning! Go get a cup a tea or a glass of wine before you attempt to read this. You’ll thank me later.
These measuring standards are completely different than any you’ve seen before. I’ve created this guide to ensure, that with accurate measurements, you can have a great fitting bra. Please be sure to read these carefully. If you have any questions, please email me at Carla@LaBellaCoppia.com.
First, let’s talk about some terms that may be new to you.
Inframammary Crease: This is the curve under your breast, where the breast tissue and rib cage meet. I use this term interchangeably with breast root.
Flexible Curve or Ruler: If ordering a custom bra, you will need one of these to trace your breast root. It is a bendable ruler that can capture a curve. It can be purchased at most craft stores and online.
Breast Root Trace: This is the trace of your inframammary crease and breast tissue on a sheet of paper. To get this, take your flexible curve or ruler and place it in your inframammary crease to obtain the shape of the curve. You will start at the front center area between your breasts, follow the curve under your breasts, shaping the ruler to your curve, and follow it up to the underarm side of your breast. Make sure you indicate where the breast tissue begins in the front center and ends under the arm. If you have problems finding the side of the breast tissue, bend over and it will be easier to find the side of the breast at the root. Why do you need this? Because it will help find the right underwire curve for your body. (FC in the graphic is the Front Center.)
Horizontal Apex: This is a horizontal line that goes directly over your nipple from one side of your breast to the other.
Vertical Apex: This is the vertical line that goes directly over your nipple from the top of your breast to your inframammary crease.
Shallow Breast Root: Some breast roots are not as deep as others. When a lady with a shallow breast root wears an underwire bra, she may feel discomfort, or the bra may have a flat space at the bottom at the underwire. If there is a flat space, and the next cup size down is too small, then most likely it’s because of a shallow breast root.
Now for some notes on measuring.
Accuracy: Measurements must be accurate to an 1/8th of an inch. The bra fit will only be as good as the measurements.
Under Bust: Have a partner to help measure your under bust. The tape measure must be horizontal to the floor. Take a breath in and exhale. Then take the measurement. In other words, don’t hold your breath in so your chest is expanded. This will cause your band measurement to be too big.
Measuring with a Bra: If you’re wearing a bra, make sure you measure your horizontal and vertical apices starting from the cup (inside) edge of the underwire. In other words, do not measure over your underwire. If the cup you’re wearing is too small, you will need to account for the extra breast tissue that is not contained within the underwire or cup. See the pictures with the blue lace bra on the next two pages.
Band Size: You will measure for your band size first, then the cup. If you wear a 40 band or higher, then you will need additional measurements. This is because there are more tissue placement variations with the 40 bands and higher. By getting the measurements of your back, from side seam to side seam, and all the other measurements, I can make your bra for your body.
Underwire Color: This is a different method that will help determine your size without the standard over bust/under bust measurements the rest of the bra world uses. You will convert the color to the cup size letter. The color corresponds directly with the underwire, which is paramount to an proper fit.
Now, let’s measure!
Supplies needed if you are around a 32 DD-H through 38 D-G:
- Measuring partner
- Tape measure
Supplies needed if you are NOT included in the range above OR if you have problems with underwires:
- Measuring partner
- Tape measure
- Flexible curve