Taking Trouser Measurements
Taking trouser 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. You just need to take extra precautions when it comes to taking the waistline and hip measurements in the trouser making. However, these measurements could be cross-checked with the direct measurements of the trousers.
Taking Trouser Body Measurements
This is the normal way of taking trouser measurements. Follow the illustrations below.
Waist – Pull up the trousers to the desired position and measure around the waistline. Note the wearer’s preference whether to snuck-in a bit, normal or loose at the waistline.
Hip – Measure around the widest point of the seat.
Top Hip/Belly – People with beer or prominent belly. Measure about 3″ below the top of the waistband and around the fullest point of the top hip.
Thigh – Measure around the thickest part of the thigh and at the crotch level.
Knee – Measure at the thickest part of the knee.
Bottom Width – Estimate the desired width of the trousers bottom.
Crotch – Measure from the top of the back waistband to the top of the front waistband.
Trouser Length – Measure at the side from the top of the waistband to the about 1/4″ to 3/4″ above the top of the heel. As the width of the bottom becomes smaller the trouser length becomes shorter.
Taking Trouser Direct Measurements
The Taking Direct Measurement is a major portion of Taking Trouser Measurements. It is used as a guide 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.
Waist – Button-up the waistband first. Then start measuring around the waistband at the toppest part. Start and end athe same position.
Hip – Measure from the edge of the fly to the side seam near the bottom of the side pocket.
Top Hip/Belly – Measure just under the waistband from the edge of the fly to the side seam.
Thigh – Lay flat the thigh section and measure just under the crotch the width of the thigh and multiply it by 2.
Knee – Lay flat the inside leg of the trousers and fold it into half. From the fold 2 1/2″ above measure the width and multiply by 2.
Bottom Width – Lay flat the trouser bottom and measure the width and multiply by 2.
Crotch – Measure from the top of the front waistband to the top of the back waistband. Remember to stretch slightly the crotch section as you measure along.
Trouser Length – Measure from the top of the waistband and vertically down along the sideseam to the bottom leg.
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