Okay my beauties, this blog is going to be the detailed, image intensive guide to measuring yourself up for pretty much any item you might order from us…when you order in fact, I’m going to link to this blog page for your referencing pleasure 😉
I’ll use a mixture of male and female figures on the charts, but the measurement lines translate to either gender.
- Unless stated otherwise, our definition of MEASURE = Taking a flexible tape measure around the area needed, keeping the tape snug to the body.
- If you are not going to be naked when you wear the item, ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing or the actual costume it is going over before measuring up for anything!
- Measure each one 3 times and please get someone to help you if you are unable to hold the “pose” required and measure at the same time. Second pair of hands especially useful for arm and head measurements!
Belts are a good chunk of our items available on the website, so we’ll start there!
When we ask you to measure your belt line we are asking you to consider not where YOU wear your belts, but where the CHARACTER wants their belt to sit. Have a reference image of the character in front of you as there may be slight deviations from the charts provided.
Sometimes a belt, such as the one Rey wears in Star Wars – The Force Awakens is split, so we ask for both the belt line measurement and hips measurement (over the widest part).
Occasionally there is also some form of leg strap for a holster etc..so ensure all measurement we ask for are included with your order as this will reduce delays our end while we try to contact you to find out.
Reference Chart A)
Belt Measurement reference for Cosmic Workshop
15 is around the waist, this is the smallest part where the body generally pinches in slightly. Think where a pair of very high waisted trousers would sit.
16 is what I would call your usual belt line, where a regular (not hipsters) pair of jeans or trousers would sit. This can be found by feeling for the top of your hip bones and going around here,
17 would be measured for a belt that hangs off at a jaunty angle 😉 So for example, Jyn Erso from Star Wars Rogue One. You would need to drape the tape measure loosly around your belt line, letting it droop to the level you require.
20 is what we refer to as your hips measurement. This would be the widest part please, not like 16.
21, 22, 23 are all thigh measurements used for leg straps used on a variety of thigh holsters etc. Basically it’s the TOP, the MIDDLE then ABOVE KNEE.
Reference Chart B
Head and Neck reference for Cosmic Workshop
1 goes from the mid forehead, vertically over the head to end at the middle of the back of your head (think of it as the mirror of the mid forehead point)
2 is a horizontal measurement around the whole head, sitting mid forehead and above the ears.
3 goes from top of one ear, in a straight line over the head, to the top of the other ear
4 Not often required, but for thoroughness sake included here. At the side of the neck, go from the bottom of your jaw, following the shape of your neck, to the top of your shoulder.
5 is simply measured with head held looking straight forward, from the bottom of your jaw to middle of the little dip at the base of your neck
6 again is not often required, but included non the less, above ears in a slightly droopy curve to the top of the shoulder. Don’t follow against the skin, imagine more how a piece of fabric would drape if pinned to both points…vertically down then a scoop out towards the shoulder point.
Arms are next up on the list!
Reference Chart C
Arms reference for Cosmic Workshop
7 is your bicep..round about the middle of the top of your arm is the bicep muscle, when you flex, it is the muscle you feel tighten on the inside of your arm. When measuring, please keep your arm relaxed…if it is flexed and larger when you measure it, whatever we make will simply fall straight down your arm when it is relaxed…see…makes sense 🙂
8 is asked for when we are creating shoulder pieces, it helps us make sure they do not come too far down the front and back of your arm and restrict movement, So stand in front of a mirror with your arms by your sides. You see the top of the line where your arm connects? go from there, over the top of your shoulder to the top of the join line at the back of the shoulder. You will need a second pair of hands for this one.
9 is straight forward..bend your arm and go from the tip of your shoulder, down to the tip of your elbow..again, tricky without a second pair of hands.
10 is simply from tip of shoulder to the bend of your wrist…keep arm straight.
11 is around middle of your forearm, keep arm relaxed.
17 bend your arm and go around your forearm just below your elbow.
18 is the distance between 17 and 19, especially important when ordering vambraces (bracers) so we can make sure you have good movement ability.
19 is simply around your wrist.
Just a little break to add a note from the whole crew here at Cosmic Workshop..
We create costumes and accessories for people all over the world, all shapes and sizes and all ages and gender identities. You all rock! you go out there and put yourselves in the position of potential vulnerability at comic cons, re-enactments, LARP events and even just for your significant others…seriously..YOU ROCK! How amazing that you choose to celebrate your fandoms and hobbies in such a public manner! how spectacular that you, even if for a brief moment in time, feel good about the way the world sees you…you should keep those thoughts up my friends! Just another day in the office? Strut around like you really are Wonderwoman under that corporate image of woman! Truck driver? Remember those feelings of adoration you got when kids really thought you were their favourite character at comic con!
We love you all and love that we can help, even if in a small way, help you feel great about yourself
Now..about those bodies!
Reference Chart D
Body reference for Cosmic Workshop
12 is required for items such as sword baldrics and bag straps etc.. Just start the tape measure from one mid-hip point, wrap the tape over the opposite shoulder and around your back to meet the tape at the starting point.
13 goes from the middle of that dip at the bottom of your neck, where your throat is all the way down to level with the top of your hips
14 Needs to be taken from the back, across the shoulders, from tip of shoulder to tip of shoulder
15 is the chest measurement on a man, and bust measurement on a woman, please wrap the tape around the body…keeping it as horizontal/level as possible and go across the nipple line.
24 goes from armpit to top of hip bone
25, 26, 27 all start at the base of the neck at the back; Neck to top of hip bone level, Neck to bottom of your butt level, and neck to back of knee level.
*EDIT* Just noticed that there should be one more..same as 25-27..start at neck, but goes all the way to the floor..we’ll call this 27B until we adjust the image!
Lastly are those pins of yours 😉
Reference Chart E
Legs reference for Cosmic Workshop
21, 22, 23 are just the same as we discussed in the very first section on belts
34 take the tape measure around just below your knee
35 is all the way around the middle of your calf
36 is around your ankle
28 needs to be measured from the top of your hip bone to the middle of your thigh length
29 goes from the crease where your leg joins your body to the top of your knee
30 would be from the top of your knee to your ankle bend.
31, 32, 33 all start at the top of your hip bone and go straight down to the top of your knee level, mid calf level and to the floor.
This was a really long blog, but I hope it is of use!