I learned to do something useful today and luckily, you’re the beneficiary of my largesse. Wowee. Miracle has been saying it’s easy to make pdf docs and sure enough, she’s right. Remember all those books I photographed page by page at the Library of Congress? I hadn’t realized I could make pdfs from jpegs. Anyway, I made one. Of that Gynametry book by Mrs.Coleman, published in 1887. Her method illustrates drafting based on one’s wrist measure.
I stand corrected. Further examination reveals that Gynametry (topic heading) is defined in this manner:
Is a science which relates to the outside measurement of the human body on geometrical principles
So. There you have it. Mrs. Coleman elaborates:
I have ascertained by careful attention, that one part of the body is in proportion to the other throughout the entire structure; that every muscle is a curve, and every joint is a circle; and that for these reasons it is necessary only to use one measure to obtain a circle, and that another, or but one measure is required to obtain the size of the various parts, and consequently of the entire body.
[I think; Mrs. Coleman, does like using commas, and semicolons; while avoiding necessary placement of the same.]
To reduce this method to practice, I have devised the diagram represented in Figure 1, which is explained as follows, and can be easily understood by the letters of reference marked thereon.
One is then instructed to measure the wrist, between the joint and hand. Here’s a chart following these instructions.
So, if you want to draft a pattern based on one’s wrist measure, you’ll have to download the pdf.