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How We Measure

OUTERWEAR

Chest

  1. Button up the coat, lay it flat (on a hard surface) and smooth the fabric so there are no wrinkles
  2. Pull the fabric tight (but don’t stretch it)
  3. Place the measuring tape at the top of the seam where the sleeve attaches to the body of the coat — measure across to the same point on the other side of the coat 

Waist

  1. Find the narrowest part of the coat, usually about halfway between the armpit and the bottom of the coat (or around the 5th or 6th button)
  2. Measure straight across from left to right 

Bottom

  1. Place the measuring tape on the left bottom hem
  2. Measure straight across to the same point on the right side of the coat

Length

  1. Place the measuring tape at the seam where the collar band attaches to the front coat
  2. Measure straight down the middle of the front of the coat to the hem at its longest point. 

Shoulder

  1. Place the measuring tape where the shoulder seam attaches to the sleeve
  2. Measure straight across to the same point on the other side of the coat (start and finish on the outside edge of the seams)

Sleeve Inseam

  1. Extend the sleeve out to the side and smooth it out as much as possible
  2. Place the tape measure at where the seam attaches to the armhole
  3. Pull the tape measure taut to the edge of the cuff on the sleeve

 

KNITWEAR

 Chest

  1. Lay the knitwear flat (preferably a hard surface) and smooth the fabric out so there are no wrinkles underneath or on top
  2. Pull the fabric tight (being careful not to stretch it)
  3. Place the measuring tape on the seam where the sleeve attaches to the body — measure across to the same point on the other side of the shirt

Bottom Width

  1. Place the measuring tape on the left bottom hem
  2. Measure straight across to the same point on the right side

Front Length

  1. Place the measuring tape at the seam where the collar attaches to the shoulder seam
  2. Measure straight down the middle of the front to the hem 

Shoulder Width

  1. Place the measuring tape where the shoulder attaches to the sleeve
  2. Measure straight across to the same point on the other side (start and finish on the outside edge of the seams)

Sleeve Outseam

  1. Extend the sleeve out to the side and smooth it straight
  2. Place the tape measure where the shoulder attaches to the sleeve — pull the tape measure taut to the end the cuff

 

TROUSERS AND SHORTS

 

Waist

  1. Lay the pants down on a flat surface, face up — smooth out the fabric to remove any wrinkling
  2. Button waistband and zip the fly zipped closed
  3. Make sure the waistband is laying flat — the front of the waistband should lay directly on top of the back of the waistband
  4. Measure across the top of the waistband from one side to the other, double for waist size

Hip/Seat

  1. Lay the pants down on a flat surface, face up — smooth out the fabric to remove any wrinkling
  2. Button waistband and zip the fly zipped closed
  3. Starting 7” below the top of the waistband, measure parallel to the top of the waistband across one side to the other 

Thigh

  1. Lay the trousers flat on its side, legs folded along the front and back creases
  2. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric, particularly across the thigh
  3. Starting 1” below the lowest part of the crotch (where the inseams of each leg meet), measure straight across the width of the leg, perpendicular to the inseam

Knee

  1. Lay the trousers flat on its side, legs folded along the front and back creases
  2. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric, particularly across the thigh and flatten the bottom of the pant leg
  3. The Knee Width should be measured at 14” below the bottom of the crotch. At this point, measure straight across the width of the leg, perpendicular to the inseam.

Leg Opening

  1. Lay the trousers flat on its side, legs folded along the front and back creases, smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric
  2. Fold the top leg up over the waistband
  3. Measure across the bottom of the pant hem, from one edge of the leg opening to the other

Front Rise

  1. Lay the pants face up on a flat surface — smooth out the fabric to remove any wrinkling
  2. Button waistband and zip the fly zipped closed
  3. Spread the legs apart so bottom of the crotch is clearly visible
  4. Measure from the top of the waistband down along the fly to where the inseams of the legs meet

Leg Inseam

  1. Lay the trousers flat on its side, legs folded along the front and back creases, smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric
  2. Fold the top leg up over the waistband, giving you access to the inner leg seam so crotch is visible.
  3. Measure from the bottom of the crotch (where the inseams meet), down the inside of the leg along the seam to the end of the leg

 

SHIRTS

Chest

  1. Button up the shirt and lay it flat (preferably a hard surface) and smooth the fabric out so that there are no wrinkles underneath or on top.
  2. Pull the fabric tight, but don’t stretch it. Place the measuring tape at the top of the seam where the sleeve attaches to the body of the shirt
  3. Measure across to the same point on the other side of the shirt. 

Waist

  1. Find the narrowest part of the shirt, which should be about halfway between the armpit and the bottom of the shirt (or around the 5th or 6th buttons).
  2. Measure straight across from the left of the shirt to the right of the shirt.

Seat

  1. Place the measuring tape on the left bottom hem
  2. Measure straight across to the same point on the right side of the shirt.

Shirt Length

  1. Place the measuring tape at the seam where the collar band attaches to the yoke (the fabric that sits across the shoulders)
  2. Measure straight down the middle of the front of the shirt to the hem at its longest point. 

Yolk

  1. Place the tape at the point of the yoke where the yoke attaches to the sleeve.
  2. Measure straight across to the same point on the other side of the shirt (start and finish on the outside edge of the seams). 

Sleeve Outseam

  1. Extend the sleeve out to the side and smooth it out as much as possible.
  2. Start the tape measure at the end of the yoke where it attaches to the sleeve.
  3. Place the measuring tape at the seam where the yoke attaches to the sleeve to keep it in place
  4. Pull the tape measure taut to the end edge of the cuff on the sleeve.