Burda Measurement Guide

To determine your own pattern size, directly take your measurements in your underclothes. Start by placing a tape measure around your waist. The sketches below illustrate the different measuring steps.

Tip: ask a friend to give you a hand. It will be easier that way. Moreover, the measurements will be perfectly accurate because you will be standing straight.

  1. Bust measurement Place the meter on the tips of your breasts, pass it beneath your arms and move it up slightly in back.
  2. Waist measurement: Measure the narrowest part of the waist at the place where you put the waist ribbon
  3. Hip measurement Place the tape horizontally on the largest part of the buttocks
  4. Breast height: from the highest part of the shoulder (the base of the neck) to the tip of the breast
  5. Front shoulder to waist: Measure from the base of the neck, the highest part of the shoulder, to the bottom edge of the waist by passing over the tip of the breast
  6. Back length: Measure from the first cervical vertebra (which slightly sticks out) to the lower edge of the waist ribbon. For the back width, measure horizontally from one arm attachment to the other while standing nice and straight
  7. Shoulder width: Measure from the base of the neck to the shoulder joint
  8. Arm length: Measure from the rounded part of shoulder to the wrist with your arm slightly bent
  9. Arm circumference Measure at the thickest part of the arm

10. Neck measurement Measure at the base of the neck, just above the collar bone

Body height: With a straight posture, from the top of the skull to the soles of the feet.

Prise de mesure haut du corps 1
Prise de mesure haut du corps 2

Compare your measurements with those in the charts below (you can click on it to enlarge them). Choose the size that matches your measurements the most, while bearing in mind that one measurement is paramount: the bust for blouses, dresses, jackets and coats, hips for skirts and pants.

If necessary, rectify the pattern of your model with the value in centimetres by subtracting your measurements from those in the chart for the selected size. As each pattern is designed for several sizes, it will be easy for you to go from one size to another by choosing size 38 for the bust and size 40 for the waist, for example.

IMPORTANT: Do not take measurements on the pattern parts because Burda patterns contain the necessary surpluses for the model’s ease allowance. Whether it’s a loose-fitting blouse, a close-fitting dress, a tailored jacket or straight fit coat, always choose the pattern size which is closest to your measurements.

Mesures pour dames, stature 168 cm
Mesures intermédiaires pour dames, statures 160 cm (tailles courtes)


Mesures pour fillettes
Mesures pour garçons


Mesures pour bébé et petits enfants
Mesures pour hommes


For trousers

For trousers, in addition to the waist and hips, also take the following control measurements: the outseam of the trousers, the inseam, the back rise and the thigh circumference.

Important: unlike the other measurements, these control measures are not listed in our measurement charts. Take these measurements on the pattern parts and don’t forget that the pattern thigh circumference includes a certain magnitude for the ease allowance. The same is true for the back rise. The pattern for a pair of close-fitting trousers must fit snugly, whereas a pattern for a pair of darted trousers will be baggier.

  1. Waist measurement: above the waist ribbon
  2. Hip measurement: on the highest part of the buttocks
  3. Outseam: From the lower edge of the waist ribbon to the ankle
  4. Inseam: From the crotch to the ankle
  5. Thigh circumference: At the largest area of the thigh

Back rise: While maintaining the bust nice and straight, measure from the lower edge of the waist ribbon to the crotch

Prise de mesure bas du corps 1
Prise de mesure bas du corps 2

INFO: Don’t refer to your garment size, which is not necessarily identical to the Burda size charts. Our team also has its own tricks, just like all creators. There’s only one solution: Take your measurements!