A recurrent problem for scholars who investigate traditional and historical clothing is themeasuring of items of clothing and subsequent pattern construction. The challenge is toproduce exact data without damaging the item. The main focus of this paper is to present a newprocedure for establishing a three-dimensional model and the corresponding two-dimensionalpattern for items of skin clothing that are not flat. The new method is non-destructive, andalso accurate and fast. Furthermore, this paper presents an overview of the more traditionalmethods of pattern documentation and measurement. Their weaknesses and strengths are alsoassessed.