How To Measure
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR BODY
Place the measuring tape around the neck at the height where the collar would normally rest. This will be just below your Adam’s apple. Stand relaxed. Do not crane your neck out or squeeze your chin down. The tape should be resting lightly on the skin, not squeezing it. Hold one finger under the tape measure to ensure some room for comfort. Do not try to account for shrinkage by adding extra here. We will do that for you.
Run the measuring tape around the fullest part of your chest, tight up under your armpits and over the shoulder blades. Let your arms hang down in a relaxed, natural pose. Do not puff out your chest or arch your back in any sort of pose that isn’t natural or sustainable.
It’s important to stand in a relaxed, normal position (unless you’re able to suck in your stomach and hold your breath all day long). Run the tape around the fullest part of the belly. This is usually around the level of the belly button. The measuring tape should be snug on the skin, but not squeezing in.
Standing in a relaxed, normal position, run the tape around the fullest part of the hips. The measuring tape should be snug on the skin, but not squeezing in.
With your arm hanging at your side and relaxed, measure around your bicep at its fullest point. This is probably pretty close to your armpit. Make sure the tape measure is not too tight. Round up to the nearest half-inch. Don’t flex!
Measure around your wrist around the wrist bone. Hold the tape measure tight to your skin, but do not squeeze your wrist. Round up to the nearest quarter inch. We will add 2 inches to this measurement when we calculate your cuff circumference.
Measuring your body in this way will require a partner. If you don’t have a partner, measure a shirt with sleeves that are the right length. Place one end of the measuring tape at the base of the center of the back of the neck. Run the measuring tape over your shoulder, and let it hang down to your hand. Measure to the center of the meaty part of your palm. Do not adjust for shrinkage. We will do that for you.
This measurement will require a partner. If you don’t have a partner, measure a shirt directly. Either way, it’s helpful to refer to a shirt that fits well in the shoulders. Start the end of the tape on the outside edge of the shoulder where you want the yoke of the shirt to start. This is where the horizontal part of the shoulder meets the vertical part of the arm. Measure up over the curve of the shoulders and to outside edge of the other shoulder.
We need to know how long you want the shirt to be. Put the first end of the measuring tape at the base of the back of your neck and measure down your back to the point where you’d want the shirt to be. This point is usually the bottom of the buttocks, although you may want to go slightly longer if you plan to always tuck the shirt in, or slightly shorter if you plan to wear the shirt un-tucked. If you’re not sure, use this rule of thumb: Small=30, Medium=31, Large=32, X-Large=33, XX-Large=34.
HOW TO MEASURE A SHIRT
Lay the collar flat and measure from the center of the collar button to the far end of the buttonhole.
Button the shirt and lay it flat. Then measure from left seam to right seam just below the sleeves.
With the shirt laid flat, measure from left seam to right seam at the stomach area.
With the shirt laid flat, measure from left seam to right seam at the base of the shirt.
Lay a sleeve flat and measure on the outer part of it (opposite to the sleeve seam) from the edge of the shoulder (starting at the seam) to the end of the cuff.
Lay a sleeve flat and measure it’s cross-section at the bicep.
Lay the right cuff flat and measure it from one end to the other. FYI: We take the left & right cuffs separately in case of a time piece…
Measure the distance between the sleeves, from one edge of the shoulder to the other, across back.
Measure the length of the shirt, straight from the back collar seam to the base of the shirt.