How to measure for a first communion dress by the Catholic Faith Store.
A few things you will need are a soft tape measure and have your daughter in tight fitting clothes or her undergarments.
We are going to take a bust or chest measurement first. So you will need to take the tape measure and wrap it around the widest part of the chest. Be sure to keep your finger behind the tape measure when taking the measurement.
For the waist, you’ll want to put your tape measure just above the belly button. Wrap the tape measure around the body with your finger behind the tape. Not too tight, not too loose. If you have a girl with a bit of a tummy, instead of measuring at the top of the belly button, you will need to measure at the very widest part of her mid-section. This way you will be sure to get a dress that fits all the way through.
Tea or Floor Length Measurement
If you are measuring for a tea length dress, you will want that dress to fit just about mid calf. Take your tape measure measurement at the shoulder and go to where you want the hem to fall. When measuring for a floor length dress, measure to the heel.
Hollow to Hem Measurement
If the size chart uses hollow of the neck, take the tape measure and start at the neck bone and measure all the way down to where the size chart states for length.
Manufacturers size charts provide the finished measurement for the dress. When you put your finger behind the tape, you are correctly adding the extra room you need. Take your finger behind the tape measurement and use that measurement to compare to the size chart.
Here is another great resource to find out even more information about First Communion, from how to pick a style of dress to timing on when to buy the dress to be prepared for your First Communion.