Taking Shirt/Blouson Measurements
Taking shirt/blouson measurements comprise the taking of the vital body measurements and counter-checking them with the direct measurements.
Do not be too overly worried about accuracy of measurements taking as slight difference in them will not affect the outcome.
Only take extra precautions when it comes to taking the collar measurement.
All the taking shirt/blouson measurements could be cross-checked with the direct measurements.
Neck – Measure at the thickest point of the neck.
Shoulder – Measure from one end of the shoulders going across the nape of the neck to the other end. Shoulder points depend on design.
Arm – Measure around the fullest part of the arm.
Chest – Measure around body well up under armhole.
Sleeve Length – Measure from shoulder/ sleeve seam to the point middle of the wrist joint and knuckle.
Elbow – Measure around the bend of the elbow.
Waist – Measure around waistline.
Shirt Length – Measure from the highest point of the shoulder line and vertically down the chest, stomach and hip point to your desired length.
Wrist – Measure around the fullest part of the wrist.
Hip – Measure around widest point of seat.
Armhole – Measure around the armhole.
Wrist with a Watch – Measure around the fullest part of the wrist together with the watch.
Shirt Direct Measurements
Direct Measurements are used as a guide by tailors to estimate the most suitable measurements preferred by a wearer. Follow your best fitting shirt as a guide 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 depending on the taste of the wearer or the fashion trend. If one finds that the direct measurement is all right then he will maintain the measurement 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″ or 1/2″.
Taking Shirt Direct Measurements
1. Collar – Measure the size of the bottom of the top collar which is joined to the base collar.
2. Chest – Measure immediately under the underarm the width from one side seam to the other, this is the 1/2 Chest Direct Measurement.
3. Waist – Measure at the waistline the width from one side seam to other, this is the 1/2 Waist Direct Measurement.
4. Hip – Measure at the hip position the width from one side seam to other, this is the 1/2 Hip Direct Measurement.
5. Shoulder – Measure 1/2″ to 3/4″ down from the front of one end of the shoulder/sleeve seam to the other end.
6. Sleeve Length – Hold flat the sleeve and measure the length from the end of the shoulder to the lower edge of the cuff.
7. Shirt Length – Measure the length from the highest point of the shirt vertically down to the bottom.
8. Armhole – Hold flat the shoulder/sleeve section of the shirt and measure along the circumference of the armhole, this is the 1/2 Arm Hole Direct Measurement.
9. Elbow – Hold flat the sleeve and fold backwards into half. Then measure the size of the width at the fold, this is the 1/2 Elbow Direct Measurement.
10. Cuff – Hold flat the cuff and measure the cuff width from one edge to the other.