How To Take Measurements For Clothing

Size Measuring Methods

Shoulder Width

Measure across upper back from end of one shoulder bone (top of arm) to the other shoulder bone (top of arm). It's important to stand with your usual posture and shoulder position.


Dress / Clothes Length

Begin measuring from the intersection point of the neck and shoulder until you reach the desired length.



Place your hands at your natural waistline. This is where the tape should be positioned. If you can not find your natural waist, stand with your feet slightly apart and bend to the side. Where your waist creases is the natural waist.



Wrap a tape measure around the fullest part of your hips and buttocks, usually located 7 to 9 inches below your natural waist.



Measure the bust line at the fullest part of your chest. Stand naturally with your heels together and arms resting by the side of your body. Position the tape so that it covers the widest part of the back and the fullest part of the chest.


Sleeve Length

Begin measuring from where the arm starts, where the shoulder naturally begins to curve. Measure straight down the arm until you reach the desired length, where you want the sleeve to end. Be careful to stop at the elbow and position the meter exactly where the curve hits its peek, so that you measure will be precise, and not come shorter because you might have missed the elbows curve. Put your thumb where the measure ends to not forget how long it was.

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