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Recommended length of a solo dress for a 5'5" dancer ?
By AnaFrael
On Tue Mar 13, 2018 04:40 PM

What is the total length (shoulder to hem) of a solo dress you would recommend for a dancer who is 5'5" ?

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re: Recommended length of a solo dress for a 5'5" dancer ?
By krisinstitches
On Wed Mar 14, 2018 06:49 AM
This can vary depending on your dancer's proportions and body type, so it is not a simple answer. I measure girls for various dressmakers, and my method to measure full dress length is the following:

1) First find where the dress should go to on the leg. I do this by finding the mid-point between the gluteal fold (where the tush meets the thigh in back) and the crease of the knee and make a mark (I have to wrap the measuring tape around the leg to make the mark on the front of the leg)
2) Measure down from the mid-point of the shoulder (between neck and shoulder joint), having the dancer hold the tape right around the breastbone area (I have the tape go on the diagonal to that point, then straight down to the mark on the leg)

Different dressmakers measure total length differently, so how the full length is measured can vary, so make sure you understand their measurement directions.

Hope this helps!

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