When measuring for the proper fit first be sure the subject is wearing a single layer of clothing or a fitted shirt. Avoid measuring over excessive layers of clothing, sweatshirts or sweaters. Loose fitted clothing can also interfere with an accurate measurement.
Position the measurer along side the subject to ensure that the measuring tape is parallel and straight. Always pull your tape snug for an accurate measurement. The combination of measurements below will help us determine the garment size needed.
Ask the subject to move his arms outward. Place tape under arms and around the broadest part of the chest. Have subject lower his arms to his side and relax. Make sure tape is snug but can move freely. Do not place any of your fingers between the tape and the subjects’s chest.
With the subjects’s arms at his side, place the tape around the broadest part of the chest and shoulders. This measurement is critical if the subject has overly-broad shoulders. Do not place any of your fingers between the tape and the subject’s chest.
Place tape around subject’s waist at the level of his navel. This is the height at which formal trousers are worn. Make sure tape is snug but can move freely. Ask subject if this is comfortable.
Place tape around the broadest part of the subject’s hips. Make sure tape is snug but can move away.
Ask the subject to look straight ahead during this measurement. Place the start of the tape at the side of his waist level to the navel. Stretch the tape down the side of the leg until you reach the top of the heel on your customer’s dress shoe. This is the correct outseam measurement.
If the subject is not wearing dress shoes, have him remove his shoes, measure to the floor and subtract 1/2”. This method can also yield an accurate outseam measurement.
Place tape around neck at the level the shirt’s collar would be buttoned. Place two fingers between the neck and tape, and make sure the tape is snug but moves freely.
Shirt / Sleeve Measurement
When measuring the sleeve length, make sure you start the tape just below the neck, centered with the spine.
Make sure the tape measure goes over the top of the subject’s shoulder. Take the tape down the arm to the point of their elbow and then measure an inch and a half past the wrist bone. It is always better to measure long versus short because a sleeve that is too short will likely be unacceptable to the subject.