The Waist to High Hip measurement tells us how long the curve between the waist and the curve of the hip is. It’s used in making pants and fitted styles of skirts and dresses that fit properly, and is extremely important in creating long line corsets that are comfortable to wear.
The Waist to High Hip measurement should be taken in three places: the Sideline of the body (directly below the center of the armpit), the Center Front of the body (in line with the navel) and the Center Back of the body (along the spine). The lower half of the female torso should always be considered a custom size and shape, rather than a factory spec. (In my experience, at any rate… If it were standard, jeans in my size would always fit, right?) The differences between the Side, Front and Back Waist to High Hip length really start to let us model the figure of the wearer in patterning. Whether your tummy is poochy or flat, you butt is bubblicious or easy to fit, or your curves are subtle or dangerous, this is the measurement where it really shows.
Regardless of whether you’re taking the Waist to High Hip measurement at the Side, Front, or Back of the body, it is taken between the Waist line and the High Hip line. (I hope you weren’t expecting a clever plot twist here….)