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Do I have a long or short body length?

October 08, 2020 0 Comments

Do I have a long or short body length?

Do I have a long or short body? How to tell and whether this will change your order

As long standing veterans of everything Lycra and catsuits, we like to think of ourselves as stretchy onesie experts - and this includes the sizing and proportions, specifically how to tell if you have a long or short body.

After asking you guys on our insta stories the other day 'what would stop you buying custom', we were overwhelmed with the response and questions surrounding long and short bodies so we wanted to further explain and demonstrate the fit of our standard sizing on different shapes as well as the difference compared with the long and short body lengths that we offer.

In this blog we have loads of helpful information to guide you to your perfect fit. Our amazing seamstress Hannah and boss babe Robyn have made a short video which first explains the super quick method used to find out how to determine your bodies vertical balance. They then go on to compare the standard, long and short body lengths in a backless and a full back catsuit to show you how each fits their shape.

We also talk you through:

  • 3 variables to consider if you want to stick with the standard sizing
  • Fabric stretch with the Burnt Soul Stretchometer
  • How to measure yourself properly

Do i have a long or short body and how to tell in seconds...

Measurment Robyn Hannah


5'9" or 179cm

5'1" or 155cm

Bust (around widest part)

33" or 84cm

37" or 94cm

Waist (around slimmest part)

28" or 71cm

28" or 71cm

Hips (around widest part)

39" or 99cm

41" or 104cm




Size they wear

10-12 but can wear an 8-10 in the Siren and Techno fabric

10-12 but can wear an 8-10 in the Siren and Techno fabric

Long or short body?

Even though Robyn has a slightly longer body in proportion to her size and is also quite tall - she would still opt for the standard body due to the fit of the catsuits

Hannah has an evenly proportioned torso when she did the hand test but being a lot shorter, she still finds the short body better as it gives more support on the bust

Leg Length

32" inside seam - wears a standard leg length

25" inside seam - wears a medium leg as prefers to do a little turn up at the ankle


Being the designer, pattern cutter and CEO, Robyn is pretty much the catsuit oracle. She goes for a standard body length in order to give her the most support (she NEVER wears a bra) and cause she has a smaller bust!
The longer body length also fits her well but has a lot more room in the shoulder straps and therefor not as much support in the bust! She would especially go for the standard body length in the backless as this has the most wiggle room out of the back styles.

Robyn goes for a size 10-12 in all catsuits and leggings except the Siren. She opts for an 8-10 in this super soft fabric as it's a 5 on our Stretch-O-Metre and therefor has the most stretch up and down as well across the width.

As a general rule of thumb, Robyn suggests going for the long body if you are 6 foot +. You can also do the 'hand test' as Robyn explains at the beginning of the video to check out which length torso you fall under but don't let this totally rule your choice as you could have a perfectly proportioned torso but still be very short or tall.


Hannah is our longest running Burnt Soul member of staff and so has built up quite the collection of catsuits over the years! She goes for a size 10-12 across all catsuit styles and fabrics as she finds this is what works best for her curves and shape.

When choosing her body length, Hannah chooses the short body length and goes for our medium leg length (28"-30") as she likes to roll them up at the ankles. If she wasn't going to roll them, she would choose the shortest leg length which measures out at 25"-27". The standard body length in comparison gets some wrinkling and gaping at the sides and under the bust, especially when she's out having a dance!

When considering the back styles, we find that the backless style has the most give and stretches more up and down, the peekaboo is the mid point with it's give and then the full back is the firmest, offering the most support and contouring, therefor stretching up and down the least.

3 things that will effect the length of a standard catsuit

If you’re still hesitant to invest in a custom catsuit just yet then there are 3 factors to consider when buying a stock catsuit…

  1. Fabric
  2. Back Style
  3. Size

Fabric - As some of you may know, we use a lot of different fabrics which offer varying amounts of stretch. We usually talk about this in terms of which size to get but this also comes in to play with body length too. For instance, our Siren Fabric, being a 5 on the stretchometer, will offer more length if needed than our Joan in Life Lycra which is a lot tighter.

Back style - If you’re particularly long in the body then the backless catsuit is your friend! As the back panel is missing, it offers a lot more stretch up and down.

Size - Between each size, the patterns also increase in length too. Not by a huge amount but if you are worried about the body and don’t want to go custom, then this is a factor that can offer you a bit more room. Check out our size chart to see what size you are.

girl in field in pheonix gold orange and yellow sparkly


You've probably heard us mentioning our Stretch-O-Metre before and have seen it next to all our products to help you get your perfect fit. The scale goes from 1 being the lowest amount of stretch and therefor the firmest and most contouring and 5 being the most amount of stretch.

In order or Stretch, the examples of fabric in the video are:

  1. The High Voltage in Eco Life Lycra
  2. The Villain in Eco Life Lycra
  3. The Rainbow Jewel (same as the Luna and Phoenix!)
  4. The Diva in our new Eco Techno Fabric
  5. The Siren (we recommend sizing down with the Siren Fabric!)

With fabrics that are a 1 on the Stretch-o-Metre, we suggest sizing up if you are between sizes. It's worth noting that the lycra warms as it's worn, relaxing and moulding to your body. Lycra, especially Life Lycra, is meant to take a bit of a wiggle and squeeze to get on but once it's on you are sculpted and comfortable!

How to measure yourself - the Burnt Soul Way

We know it can be a bit confusing to take your measurements, especially if trying to do it on yourself! So don't get yourself in a tangle and check out our video on how to take your perfect measurements to help you choose your catsuit size. You can then refer to our Size Guide and begin your comfortable catsuit adventure!

Hand hint - if you don't have a measuring tape, you can use string and then measure that against a straight ruler!

Got any questions? Comment below and we get back to you!

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