Taking Your Measurements
This is to show you what measurements we need. You could do it yourself or I could walk you through it. • It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to take all your measurements
What you will need: • A fabric measuring tape (we take all our measurements in inches). • Assistance from a friend (the measurer) • A well fitting shirt, pair of trousers (not jeans), jacket, and a pair of shoes.
When taking measurements: • Keep the measuring tape comfortably snug, but not tight. Tailors will make the clothes so that they fit to your body, with the correct allowances. • All measurements should be made to nearest 1/4 inch.
Measurement 1: Neck
Measure around your neck at the level your shirt collar would sit. You should not feel restricted by the tape for a comfortable fit, and should be able to put your index finger inside the tape.
Measurement 2: Shoulder Width
Measure from the end of your left shoulder to the end of your right shoulder. This measurement should be equal to the desired width of the jacket’s shoulders.
Measurement 3: Sleeve
Measure from where the seams on the shoulder meet down past your wrist a ¼ down your palm.
Measurement 4: Back Width
Measure from just inside the armpit of your left arm across to just inside the armpit of your right arm.
Measurement 5: Chest Width
Measure from just inside the armpit of your left side across the front to just inside the armpit of your right side.
Measurement 6: Chest
Measure horizontally around the chest roughly at nipple level, under the armpits, and over your shoulder blades. You should only just be able to feel the tape on your chest. Do not over-inflate your chest but stand normally, you should be able to fit your index finger in between the tape and your chest. This measurement is a body measurement and there will be an allowance added to it to make your jacket.
Measurement 7: Jacket Waist
Measure horizontally around your stomach at the level of the bottom of the ribcage. As a guide this measurement will be where you are widest. Allow some room for breathing/movement.
Measurement 8: Suit Height
Measure vertically down from your neck at your C-7 Vertebrae to the your heel. If you are wearing shoes, do not include the shoesole.
Measurement 9: Jacket Length
Measure vertically down from your neck at your C-7 Vertebrae to where you would like the jacket to end. Ideally you want it to cover your buttocks just going past it. A shorter, more trendy length, looks good when coupled with jeans, but is an acquired taste in a suit. You can also use a jacket you like as a guide.
Measurement 10: Trouser Waist
Measure horizontally around your waist, just inside where you like to wear the top of your trousers. Make sure the tape is snug and does not ride over the waistband but you should be able to put your index finger inside the tape.
Measurement 11: Seat (Hip)
Measure around your hips and buttocks at their widest point. Make sure your pockets are empty and the tape is not restrictive. As a guide, you should not make the tape too snug, but rather You should only just be able to feel the tape when measuring.
Measurement 12: Inside Leg
Measure from the lowest part of the crotch of your trousers (not jeans), keeping the measure taut, down to where you wish the bottom of the trousers to end. Please bear in mind the fit you want over the shoe as this will affect the desired length
Measurement 13: Outside Leg
What to Wear: Trousers/Shoes Measure from the top of the waistband on a pair of trousers (not jeans), keeping the measure taut, down to where you wish the bottom of the trousers to end. Please bear in mind the fit you want over the shoe as this will affect the desired length.
Measurement 14: Crotch
Measure from the top of the trouser waistband at the front, between your legs, to top of the waistband at the back. Allow as much space as needed for comfort.
Measurement 15: Thigh
Measure around the thigh at the widest point (usually as high as you can go without it getting embarrassing), you should be able to fit your index finger in behind the tape measure. This is a skin measurement and should be taken just below the crotch.
Measurement 16: Waistcoat
Measure vertically down from your neck at your C-7 Vertebrae to just past your waist. Ideally if you are wearing a belt measure to the bottom of the belt.
Measurement 17: Shirt Sleeve
Measure from the base of your neck (C-7) across the shoulder and down the arm ¼ palm past your wrist.