Women's Measurement Instructions for Custom Tailored & Made-To-Order Garments


To measure for  women's & girls' Custom tailored or Made-to-order garments, follow the instructions below.


Step 1: Print these instructions

Step 2: Follow each of the measurement instructions, below, and write down the measurements (in inches) in the corresponding box (on your printed pages).

Some garments require only a few of the measurements ~ please see the order form for that garment for specific measurements needed.

*Please note, measurements must be made per the instructions without any allowance or extra margin. Allowances will be made by the tailor.

You'll need a flexible tape measure (inches) and someone to help you place and read the measuring tape.

As we say in the tailor shop... "measure twice, cut once."... and you'll get more accurate measurements. 
 


 

Step 3: With your measurements ready, go back to the item you've already chosen and enter your measurements in the order form.

Remember... use inches

 Back Length

A. Base of neck, in back at (biggest) bony protrusion

B. The level where you want the garment to end. 

Measure from the bony protrusion at the back of the base of the neck, straight down the middle of the back, to the level where you want the garment to end.

For garments with "tunic length," the "back length" is measured to the level of the knuckles of both hands (resting at the side of the body).

Full back length

A. Base of neck, in back at (biggest) bony protrusion
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B. The level of the floor

Measure from the bony protrusion at the back of the base of the neck, straight down the middle of the back, to the floor.

 
 

Shoulder to Waist (formerly called "Figure")

A. Midpoint on top of the shoulder

B. Waist line

Measure from the midpoint on top of the shoulder, vertically down the front of the body, to the waist line (level of belly button). 

 

Shoulder to Shoulder

A. The tip of the shoulder

B. The tip of the other shoulder

Measure from the tip of one shoulder, horizontally across the back, to the tip of the other shoulder. 

 
  

Dress Shirt Sleeve Length

A. Base of neck (backside, center)
B. Outside tip of shoulder
C. Outside bend of elbow
D. Wrist or the point at which you prefer the cuff to end

1. Rest your hand on the side of your hip, with elbow bent.

2. Measure as shown in the illustration: - Start at (A) the backside base of the neck,
- past (B) the shoulder,
- around (C) the elbow,
- to (D) the wrist or the point at which you prefer the cuff to end.

The path of the tape measure should follow the outside of the arm.

3/4 Sleeve Length

A. Base of neck (backside, center)
B. Outside tip of shoulder
C. Outside bend of elbow
*A 3/4 sleeve should end halfway between the elbow and wrist .

1. Rest your hand on the side of your hip, with elbow bent.

2. Measure as shown in the illustration: - Start at (A) the backside base of the neck,
- past (B) the shoulder,
- around (C) the elbow,
- to (D) halfway between the elbow and wrist

The path of the tape measure should follow the outside of the arm.

 
 
Arm hole

A. Arm pit

B. Top of shoulder 

Measure from the top of the shoulder, down the front of the shoulder, under the arm pit, and up the back of the shoulder. 

Skirt length 

A. Belly button

B. The level of the floor

Measure from the belly button, vertically down to the level of the floor.

 

 
 
Waist

A. The circumference at the level of the belly button

Keep measuring tape horizontal, wrap around the level of the belly button. 
Hips

A. The biggest circumference around the buttocks

Keep measuring tape horizontal, wrap around the biggest part of the buttocks 
 
 
Bust

A. The biggest circumference around the chest

Keep measuring tape horizontal, wrap around the biggest girth of the chest, keeping the measuring tape up and close to the arm pits. 
Upper Bust

A. Just as in measuring the lower bust, wrap around the back of the torso, keeping the measuring tape up and close to the arm pits, but guide the tape measure up just above the breasts in front. 
 
 
Bust Point to Bust Point

A. The distance from the center of each breast. 
Neck

A. The circumference around (1 inch above) the base of the neck

Measure along the natural contour of the neck, holding the tape measure comfortably against the skin. 
 
 
Wrist

The circumference around the wrist

Measure around the wrist.

 Weight

Your weight in pounds

Height

Your height in feet & inches