Influence of waist height measurement on trouser length

  • Tanja Podbevšek
Keywords: pattern construction, anthropometric measurements, waist height, trousers, basic pattern block


This study presents the results of a comparison between waist height (waist-to-floor) from contemporary construction systems (CCS) with the measured waist height (WH) of a young Slovenian female population with the aim of determining which WH presented in different CCS best fits the body measurement of market target groups. The study included 173 volunteers, young women aged from 19 to 27, students at the University of Ljubljana. The results showed significant differences between the measured WH and those obtained from the tables of the CCS. There was no trend in measured mean WH distances according to size groups; however, the differences among the size groups were statistically significant (greatest mean difference 2.54 cm, p=0.043). Another feature was substantial differences in the measured WH distances inside the size groups (with SD from 3.01 to 5.22 cm). All CCS gave lower values for WH than the mean ones measured in the study (up to -5.85 cm). To summarise, the measured WH distances of the young Slovene females differed significantly from the WH values as proposed by different CCS. When producing made-to-measure clothes, using the WH distance as a directly measured parameter for the trousers’ pattern block development is suggested.