How to take your measurements

Your satisfaction is most important to us, which is why we have designed this guide to ensure that our garments will fit you perfectly, thus avoiding possible alterations later.

  1. Before taking the measurements of a garment, it must be laid on a flat surface such as a table or bed; if the garment is not completely extended, the measurements taken could be incorrect.

  2. Use the right kind of tape measure: it should be a fabric or plastic tape like those used by tailors and dressmakers.

  3. Make a note of your measurements so you have them to hand, thus avoiding the need to take them again.

Sleeve length

The best way to measure sleeve length is to lay the garment, completely extended, on a flat surface and then measure the whole length of the sleeve, as shown in the picture. Measure the distance between the seam where it is joined to the shoulder and the desired position of the cuffs. This measurement must be taken in a straight line.

The most common mistake made when measuring sleeve length is:

  • Measuring the sleeve while the garment is hung up rather than laid out on a flat surface.

Shoulder width

The best way to measure shoulder width is to lay the garment, completely extended, on a flat surface and measure the distance across the shoulders as shown in the picture. The measurement should be taken between the shoulder seams.

The most common mistakes made when measuring shoulder width are:

  • Measuring the shoulder width while the garment is hung up rather than laid out on a flat surface.
  • Measuring the shoulder width without extending the garment completely.

Chest width

The best way to measure chest width is to lay the garment, completely extended, on a flat surface and measure the chest width as shown in the picture. This measurement should be made between the seams at the sides of the garment.

The most common mistakes made when measuring chest width are:

  • Measuring the chest width while the garment is hung up rather than laid out on a flat surface.
  • Measuring the chest width without extending the garment completely.

Waist measurement

The best way to take a waist measurement is to lay the garment, completely extended, on a flat surface and measure the waist as shown in the picture. The natural waist is where this part of the body is narrowest, usually one or two inches above the navel.

The most common mistakes made when taking waist measurements are:

  • Taking the waist measurement while the garment is hung up rather than laid out on a flat surface.
  • Taking the waist measurement without extending the garment completely.

Body length

The best way to measure body length is to lay the garment, completely extended, on a flat surface and measure the body length as shown in the picture. The distance is measured between the shoulder seam, where it joins the collar, and the natural waist.

The most common mistakes made when taking body-length measurements are:

  • Taking the body-length measurement while the garment is hung up rather than laid out on a flat surface.
  • Taking the body-length measurement without extending the garment completely.

Hip width (coats only)

The best way to measure hip width is to lay the garment, completely extended, on a flat surface and measure the hip width as shown in the picture.

The most common mistakes made when taking hip-width measurements are:

  • Taking the hip-width measurement while the garment is hung up rather than laid out on a flat surface.
  • Taking the hip-width measurement without extending the garment completely.