Textile and Apparel Industries

What is the most appropriate way to define a 3D waist level?

  • Sibei Xia (Louisiana State University)
  • Jiayin Li (North Carolina State University)
  • Cynthia L Istook (NC State University)
  • Andre West (North Carolina State University)


A modern way of collecting body measurements is through 3Dbody scanners. However, it is challenging to define the right measurement locations in a 3D environment. Waist girth is a key body measurement and is hard to define on a 3D body model following existing manual body measurement standards. The purpose of this research is to explore some commonly used waist definitions and analyze them to see which one provides the best and most consistent results. Four waist definitions were selected and labeled on sample scans from the Size USA database. The researcher then evaluated each location and marked the level that best represented the real waist level. It was found that the Center-b/w-bust-hips was the most effective way to find the waist level on a 3D model. However, a new 3D waist definition with better performance is demanded.

Keywords: body measurement, 3D model, waist girth, waist level, waist definition

How to Cite:

Xia, S., Li, J., Istook, C. L. & West, A., (2020) “What is the most appropriate way to define a 3D waist level?”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 77(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.11834



Published on
28 Dec 2020
Peer Reviewed