Irish Dancing costumes are highly structured garments, so it is particularly important to check the measurements of a ready to wear costume against your dancer's body measurements.
The measurements displayed with our costumes are dress measurements, which refer to the size of the finished garment. Please be aware that the ideal fit of a dress will be approximately 2 inches larger than the dancer's body measurements in the bust, waist and dropped waist. This is to account for wearing ease, which allows a dancer to feel comfortable in their costume.
The diagram and instructions below can assist you in measuring your dancer in the correct positions:
Bust: measure around the body at the fullest part of the bust
Waist: measure around the body at the natural waistline (the narrowest section of the waist, usually just above the bellybutton)
Dropped waist at seam: measure around the body at the dropped waistline (approximately 2-3 inches below the waist for younger dancers, and 3-4 inches below the waist for adolescent dancers).
Centre front neck to dropped waist: measure from the base of front neck to dropped waist point
Centre front dropped waist to hem: measure from the dropped waist point to desired length of the skirt
Centre back neck to dropped waist: measure from the base of the back neck (nape) to the back dropped waist point
Centre back dropped waist to hem: measure from the back dropped waist point to desired length of the skirt at the back
Sleeve length: measure from the tip of the shoulder bone to the wrist
At Miss Brown's Fancy, we understand that measuring your dancer for a costume can be a daunting task. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any sizing queries.