Taking Jacket Measurements

Taking jacket measurements comprise the taking of the vital body measurements and counter-checking them with the direct measurements.

Do not be too overly  worried about the accuracy of measurements taking as slight difference in them will not affect the outcome. The taking jacket measurements just like the blouson and shirt has large allowances in their makings. 

Taking Jacket Body Measurements

 Jacket Length  –  The highest point of the jacket is the point where the collar meets the shoulder seam.  The measuring tape must be held vertically down to the desired length – do not hold the tape slanting to the sides.

Jacket Length – Measure the length from the highest point of the jacket vertically down to the bottom. Depending on trend and design, the point to measure to varies greatly.


Nape to Waist Length – Measure the length from the nape vertically down to the waist point.


 Shoulder Length  –  This is the length between the ends of the shoulder at the lowest part of the shoulder seam. You must get an assistant to measure the shoulders of the jacket while you are trying one on until you find the shoulder length that fits you the best. Do not measure directly from your body as certain figurations may not be easy to identify.

Shoulder – Measure from the edge/bend of one end the shoulders going across the nape of the neck to the other end.


 Chest, Waist & Hip  –  These are horizontal measurements and as such the tape looping around the body must be held horizontally. The portion of the tape at the front of the body must be at the same level as that of the portion at the back.  Another important point is with regard the tightness or looseness of the tape held. It should be held in such a way that the loop can just slip slightly through the widest part of the body. This ensure the tape is not pulled too  tight or loose.

Chest – Measure around body well up under armhole.


Waist – Measure around waistline.


Hip – Measure around widest point of seat.


Arm Hole – Measure around the fullest part of the arm.

 Sleeve Length  –  Measure from the lowest part of the shoulder seam, over the shoulder padding, and vertically down(follow the grain or stripe of the fabric) to the end of the sleeve. Add or minus from the end of the sleeve(cuff end) to the required length. Check the other side of the arm as it is normal for one to have uneven sleeve lengths for both sides of the arm. Do not measure directly from the body as the paddings on the shoulders may raise the shoulders and thus require longer sleeve lengths.

Sleeve Length – Measure from shoulder/sleeve seam to the point middle of the wrist joint and knuckle.


 When measuring the XF and XB, you may try tying a small elastic band around the chest position, going under the armpits and maintaining the front and back portions at the same level. With this as a guide you then proceed to measure the XF and XB along the elastic band.

Cross Front – Measure across the chest horizontally from the side of one armpit to the other armpit.


Cross Back – Measure across the back horizontally from the side of one armpit to the other armpit.


Taking Size/MTM Jacket Measurements

MTM by Sheer Balance

Taking Jacket Direct Measurements

Direct Measurements as part of TAKING JACKET MEASUREMENTS are used as guides by tailors to estimate the most suitable measurement preferred by a wearer. Follow your best fitting garment as a guide whether to maintain, increase or decrease the measurements.

When a direct measurement is known, the tailor or wearer will know whether the new measurement now needs to be maintained, increased or decreased. If one finds that the direct measurements are all right then he will maintain the measurements for the new order. When he finds the measurement to be slightly tight or short then he will increase the measurement with an amount according to his actual body measurement or by a 1/4″, 1/2″ or 1″. When the situation is loose then we need to take in the required amount.