The Right Way of Taking Clothing Measurements

The Right Way of Taking Clothing Measurements

There are clothing production companies who have been around for quite some time yet still do not know the right way of taking clothing measurements. This is because they simply rely on standard measurements which they have used ever since the start of their clothing production operations. This system can be applicable for wholesale clothing manufacturers but is not advisable for custom clothing companies.

When it comes to custom clothing, there has to be specific measurements taken for the specific user of the garment. Here is the right way of taking clothing measurements for both men and women.

Taking Clothing Measurements: Men

(All measurements done with a standard measuring tape)

Neck

  • measure around the base of the neck
  • round up to the nearest half inch for allowance

Chest

  • measure from the bottom of armpits and wrap around the full chest area

Sleeve

  • let the person bend his elbow and rest his hand on his hip
  • measure from the back of the neck and let the tape flow over the shoulder, around the elbow and ending on the wrist

Waist

  • measure around the waist area where pants is normally worn
  • loosen the tape measure by keeping a finger allowance between the tape measure and waist before taking the final measurement value

Hips

  • let the person stand with feet at least 6 inches apart
  • measure around the fullest part of the hips

Inseam

  • let the person put on a pair of shoes
  • measure from the crotch all the way down to the heel where he wants the pants to end

 Taking Clothing Measurements: Women

(All measurements done with a standard measuring tape)

Bust

  • measure from the bottom of armpits and wrap around the fullest bust area

Bra

  • Wrap tape measure under the breast and around the rib cage to get underbust measurement
  • Round up to the nearest even number for the band size
  • Subtract the underbust measurement from bust measurement to get the cup size

AA = ½”

A = 1”

B = 2”

C = 3”

D = 4”

E/DD (US) or DD (UK) = 5″

F/DDD (US) or E (UK) = 6″

G (US) or F (UK) = 7″

H (US) or FF (UK) = 8″

I (US) or G (UK) = 9″

Waist

  • measure around the waist area where pants is normally worn
  • depending on the style of the garment, use a finger allowance between the waist and tape measure for regular jeans or measure it as it is for tight fitted jeans

Hips

  • let the person stand with feet at least 6 inches apart
  • measure around the fullest part of the hips
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