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Assess Your Body Scale

Understanding your scale helps you determine what size patterns and accessories will suit your body shape best. There are 2 main ways to assess your scale...

  1. By measuring your height weight and bone structure
  2. By roughly assessing your bone structure

Measurements to Assess Your Scale

This assessment takes into account your height, weight and bone structure as follows:

Small Scale

You have a small body scale if you have:

  • A wrist measurement of less than 14 cm (5.5"), plus
  • An ankle measurement of less than 19 cm (7.5"), plus
  • A height of less than 161 cm (5' 4.5"), plus
  • A weight either slightly under or slightly over that recommended for your height and bone structure

Medium Scale

You are medium scale if you have:

  • A wrist measurement of 14 cm to 16.5 cm (5.5" to 7.5"), plus
  • A height at or above 161 cm to 170 cm (5' 4.5" to 5' 7"), plus
  • A weight that is either within normal range or moderately overweight for your height and bone structure

Large Scale

You are large scale if you have:

  • A wrist measurement of larger than 16.5 cm (7.5"), plus
  • An ankle measurement of larger than 23 cm (9"), plus
  • A height above 170 cm (5' 7"), plus
  • A weight that is normal or moderately overweight for your height and bone structure

Grand Scale

You are grand scale if you have:

  • Any wrist measurement
  • Any ankle measurement
  • Any height
  • A weight that is considered substantially overweight for your height and bone structure

Assess Your Scale Without Measuring

Instead of measuring you can do a rough assessment of your scale from your wrist, as follows:

Hold out the hand you write with. Then wrap the thumb and first finger of your other hand around your wrist just under your wrist bone.

  • If your fingers easily touch or overlap you're a small scale
  • If your fingers are just touching you're a medium scale
  • If your fingers are 1cm (0.5") or more apart you're a large scale

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