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At Dear Little Panko, we take the key measurements of each garment lying flat. These measurements include: height, bust, waist and hips. We know that buying online can be tricky, so here’s a few tips to help you determine best fit:

Tip 1: Measure your existing garments lying flat

Using a measuring tape or ruler, measure the dimensions of comparable garments in your wardrobe. For example, if you are wondering if a top will fit, measure a comparable top you already have to see if the measurements are similar.

For bust, we measure armpit to armpit.  For hips and waist we measure from one side of the garment to the other where your waist and hip falls.

Tip 2: Take your body measurements and compare them to the Dear Little Panko model (model measurements feature in each listing)

The three key measurements include (in centimetres, cm):

  1. Bust: with the tape measure beneath your armpit, run the tape around the fullest part of your bust and across your shoulder blades. If possible, wear the bra you intend on wearing with the garment.
  2. Waist: try to find your natural waistline; this is usually between the top of the hip and mid-way between the belly button and the bottom of your rib cage (you may already have a noticeable curve here). If you’re not quite certain, bend from side-to-side – a crease should form at your natural waist. To measure, bring the tape around your back so you are holding the small end (i.e. starting with zero) and the rest of the tape at the front of your body. Don’t pull too tight. Bring the “zero” across the other and read your measurement.
  3. Hip: place your feet together and stand up straight. Place the measure over the widest part of your bottom. Ensure that you are looking in the mirror while you’re doing to help you assess this, as well as to keep the tape straight.


When taking your bust, waist and hip measurements, we recommend using a flat measuring tape. If possible, take measurements without clothes on and in front of a mirror to ensure the tape is at the right angle (not sloping downwards, for example):

      Tip 3: Check your height against our DLP model:

      Hopefully you already know your height. However, if you're not certain, a simple method to measure it at home is by using a measuring tape or ruler. Stand with your back straight against the wall and with a pencil, and mark incrementally until the measuring impliment reaches above your head, then add all the measurements up. It will be much easier to do this with help from someone if possible.

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