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I disagree with you. Measuring a shirt you already own, which you can lay flat and work with very easily, is much less prone to error than having someone else measure you. In addition, even if you are great at measuring yourself, submitting body measurements introduces another variable - you're asking someone else to interpret those measurements and then make a pattern. If you measure your shirt, you'll get a shirt that matches those measurements, which is much more appealing to me.

Here's something that you should consider trying: Measure the back and front rise of your pants. I GUARANTEE that you would have a RANGE of values. If I tried to measure the back rise of ONE OF MY PANTS, I get a range of values, from 16.875, 17.00, and 17.25. Also, the fabric has a slight elasticity associated with it, so the back rise can change based on how much I'm stretching out the fabric, or how I angle the tape measure.

To be fair, this divergence in measurements is also found in body measurements, however, for many measurements, this is NOT the case, such as wrists. But for stomach, especially, this can change. The stomach area is very elastic. The measurement fluctuates based on the emptiness/fullness of your stomach, where you place the tape measure, how tight do you have it around your elastic stomach, and probably at what point of your respiratory cycle you're in. However, this value is easier to take, and if they did diverge, they diverge LESS.

Also, it's very difficult to measure certain dimensions since they are curvilinear measurements. Unless I know the mathematical equation, I can't take the integral of the arc length (never mind that arc length calculations using calculus is a numeric approximation for most functions).