It’s Not As Hard As You Think.
It’s easy to become intimidated with the measuring process but if you’re careful then it’s a lot easier than it may at first appear.
Have a look at the video above. The person being measured is wearing a shirt and a pair of dress pants. The tape is run around the chest and there is one finger between the tape and the actual body. The tape is level and lightly touching the body all the way around but not pulled tight. Seriously, just how hard can that be? It’s not exactly rocket science.
After you have done the chest all you need to do is run the tape down the torso to
The Stomach – usually taken just above the belly button
The Waist – where you wear your belt
The Widest Part of the Hips
Measure the widest part of your bicep and the wrist exactly the same way. One finger between the body and the tape with the tape lightly touching the body all the way round but not pulled tight.
I always suggest measuring all the above three times and using the average. It’s not unusual for the measurements to vary a little. Even if you’re out by a centimetre or two it won’t matter. There is enough toom for small errors and still have a good fitting suit. That should have only taken a few minutes and you have already completed the torso measurements.
Obviously important of your ordering a shirt and with a suit it helps the tailors shape the lapels. It’s measured the same way as the above with one finger under the tape.
This is critical for a great finished jacket and can be one of the most difficult to get right. You need to run the tape from the top of the shoulder where it becomes the arm. Run the tape from there to a point one centimetre below the centre of the back of the collar and down to the other shoulder. The tape should be slightly curved as shown in the video
If you already own a good fitting suit then it’s very easy to take the measurement off this. Place the tape measure on the ‘T seam’, where the sleeve meets the shoulder. Measure from there to a point one centimetre below the centre of the back of the collar and down to the other shoulder seam
Run the tape from the top of the shoulder right next to the collar down the front of the body to a point level with your knuckles when your hands are resting by your side.
Once again this can be taken off a good fitting jacket
Run the tape from the point where the shoulder become the arm to to where you want to sleeve to end, usually the joint of the wrist. Add 2cm to this measurement if ordering a shirt. This allows the cuff of your shirt to show.
Once again this can be taken from a good fitting suit. Simply measure from the shoulder seam to the end of the sleeve
Front Chest and Back Measurements
One that many people get wrong but it’s actually rather easy. Stand with your arms by your sides and measure from where the front of the arm meets the chest across the nipples to the same point on the other side. Do not measure under the arms. The back measurement is taken exactly the same way this time from where the back of the arm meets the back once again taking care not to measure under the arm
That’s the critical measurements you need for a good fitting jacket. Now the trousers. We have already looked at the trouser waist and hips above
Run the tape from the very top of the waistband at the front down through the crotch to the very top of the waistband at the back.
This can also be taken from a good fitting pair of dress pants (not jeans). Simply measure from the very top of the waistband at the front to where the four seams join at the crotch. Measure from the top of the waistband at the back to the same place and add the two measurements together
You should be wearing shoes when taking this. Simply measure from the trouser waist (where you wear your belt) to a point 1.5cm from the floor or to the top of the rear heel of your shoes.
This can again be taken from a good fitting pair of dress pants (not jeans). Simply measure from the very top of the waistband at the side following the seam to the end of the leg.
Measured exactly as the body measurement above. Measure the widest part of your thigh. One finger between the body and the tape with the tape lightly touching the body all the way round but not pulled tight.
Move the tape down the leg and measure the knee and ankle exactly the same way.
That’s it. With those measurement we should be able to make you a good fitting suit. There are a few other measurements in the guide that we ask for in order to make those little adjustments to make the suit fit even better and we ask that you follow the instructions and send us those measurements as well.
If you haven’t received your measurement guide and order form they can be downloaded from HERE
There are alternative methods to send us your measurements and they can be viewed HERE