Taking your measurements – man

Garments made to your unique measurements and proportions.

Many thanks for ordering your special garment with us.
If you chose your order to be 100% online (without fittings at the studio), next step is taking your measurements.
For that, you are just at the right place.

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Some things to consider before you start:

  1. How long it will take: it depends on the amount of measurements you need for your garment type, but it will most probably be about 15-20 minutes.
  2. This is not quantum physics, there’s nothing to worry about. Read the instructions and watch the pictures carefully and it all will be ok.
  3. Taking your own measurements is like cutting one’s hair: you cannot do it yourself. You will need someone to take your measurments on you. Anyone can help: your other half, a friend, your granny of a neighbour. Whoever you have at hand (see point nº2).
  4. Things you will need: a measuring tape and an (just in case you are measuring yourself) some elastic tape long enough to tie it around your waist.
  5. Take them wearing just a thin layer of clothes or in your underwear. We do not want any unrealistic bumps or bulk.
  6. *IMPORTANT*. We need the REAL MEASUREMENTS OF YOUR BODY, so the measuring tape must be FITTED. Not loose, not super tight. Just fitted.
  7. Likewise, if you are measuring a favourite garment of yours, please take the measurements as close to reality as possible.

If you’ve got any questions during the process and get stucked, contact us and we will gladly help you.

If you ordered your garment via our website and so you have an account, you can log in before you start filling in this form. You will then be able to ‘save your current work as a draft’ at any point and continue with it later on.

We will check the measurements you submit and will get in touch in case they seem wrong or unrealistic. We will not take responsibility for inaccurate measurements provided, so please take your time, read carefully, and if unsure, ask us.

Ready? Let’s go!

Be as precise as needed: if a measurement is 70.5, don't write 70 nor 71.
We will later convert your measurements to centimeters, which are the units that we use. To make the conversion easier for us, please use this notation system:
- limit your measurements to 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch. Please do not use 1/8, 3/8 nor 5/8.
- write 1/4 as 0.25, 1/2 as 0.5 and 3/4 as 0.75. For instance, if your measurement is 36" 1/2, please write it as 36.5

Please be as precise as needed: don't be afraid of using 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 on your measurements. On some measurements, a half an inch difference can be a lot. The more precise, the better.

Thank you very much!

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Waist

First of all, we need to locate your waist.
We will tie (preferably) an elastic tape around your natural waist, and this "line" will serve us as a reference for all vertical measurements, as they are all taken from or to the waist.

Your natural waistline is about 3-4cm, or 1"- 1" 1/2, above your belly button. On the sides, it is in between your upper hip bone and your bottom rib. You can easily locate it by bending sideways while touching and feeling the sides of your body.



Please tie your tape, cord or elastic string around it, and make sure it is leveled the same front and back, completely horizontal.

Beware: if your underwear, or even the elastic cord, causes an indentation on your waist, the waist measurement will be unrealistically too small and your garment will fit just like this. To avoid this effect, use some underwear that don't pinch your waist and don't tie the elastic cord too tight.
Put the measuring tape around your waist, around the elastic tape. Make sure there's no unreal bulk from your shirt, t-shirt or belt (specially on the back).
Measure the real waist contour (not less, not more) by fitting the elastic tape to the body. Do not leave it loose nor pull it too tight.

Chest

Measure around the fullest part of your chest and make sure the measuring tape is leveled the same front and back, completely horizontal.

Back width



When you are sure that you are finding this bone, you are ready to measure the back width.
Touch the shoulder from the back and you will find a bone.
Touch this bone on the left shoulder and then on the right.

Measure from the center of this bone on the left shoulder, to the center of the same bone on the right. You could mark it (with an eye pencil, for instance) to make it easier. The tape should be straight when you view it from your angle, but as the back is not a flat surface, it looks a bit curved on the picture.

Torso heights

We'll start by locating the neck-shoulder point. You will measure both the front and back torso heights from this point downwards.

This point is where the neck joins the torso. We could say it's the lowest point where you can say it's still the neck. If you view it from the side, it's not necessarily at the middle between front and back, but at the highest point instead.

It's easier to locate it if you look from the front first and then from the side.

Do you have it? You can paint a dot on the skin with a cosmetic pencil (an eye or lip liner, you don't want to put any harmful chemicals onto your skin) to help you have it located while you measure the torso heights.
Before measuring these heights, make sure again the elastic tape on your waist is horizontal. Now, standing on the side of the measured person, measure from the neck-shoulder point, vertically down to the waist, on the back. As you see, the measuring tape looks curvy when viewed from the side, but it looks straight when viewed from the back.
Now we will measure the front torso height by placing the tip of the tape on the same point, and measuring straight and vertical down to the waist, on the front.

Shoulder height

Measure from the top point of the shoulder, straight down until the waist.

Underarm height



Once you have found the right position, lift the arm while keeping the ruler on the same place by pressing it onto the side of your body with the hand.

Now, while keeping the ruler with one hand, with the other hand place the tip of the measuring tape at the top edge of the ruler.

Measure the underarm height from this point, straight down until the waist.
For this measurement, first thing to do is correctly locating the underarm point. Most people tend to locate it too high, but instead it should be low enough so your arm scye (in case of a garment with sleeves) feels comfortable and don't pinch your underarm. Let's see how to do it (it's easier than you think).

Take a ruler (or any other straight object you have at hand, even a pen will do) and place it under your arm.
Place it high, but not as high that it becomes uncomfortable. You should feel it does not stick into your armhole.
Make sure it is horizontal and not slanted.



Neck contour

Measure around the neck at its base. As with all measurements, tape should not be loose nor too tight, but it should be just fitted.

Arms




Now measure from the center of that shoulder bone, down until the hand, following the contour of the arm.


Please locate the back shoulder bone again. It's the bone you found when measuring the back width.
Have the arms relaxed, hanging naturally on the sides of your body.



Measure until the point where the hand starts: is the place where the arm starts to get wider.
Now fold your arm in a 90º angle, and measure from the same shoulder point, down until the elbow.
...and continue measuring down until the end of the arm to get the total arm length - folded 90º. PLEASE NOTE: the arm on the picture is wrongly folded for this measurement, as it should be folded in a 90º angle. Yes, we took the picture wrong by mistake. Please fold your arm in a 90º angle when taking this measurement.
While keeping your arm folded in 90º, measure around the elbow. Don't pull too tight, just place the measuring tape fitted without making pressure on the arm.
For the wrist contour, just measure around the wrist.
Measure around your arm, at the mid part of your biceps, to know the biceps contour.
... And release the tape from its position while keeping your finger there. ... And measure the biceps length: from the back shoulder bone, straight down until the point where you measured the biceps contour.
Now we want to know at what height did we measure the biceps contour. To locate the biceps length, first put one finger on the tape, on the side. Still keep that finger on the same place, and with the other hand locate the back shoulder bone one more time.

Hips

To measure the hips contour: put the measuring tape around your hips, slightly above the fullest part of your bottom. Once there, hold the tape and, with slow motions, try to move it down , while allowing more tape to go around.
When you arrive to the fullest part, stop it there.

Measure around the fullest part of your bottom.
Now let's determinate the hips length. Put one finger on the point where you measured the hips contour, on the side, while easing the measuring tape from around the hips.

Next, while you keep your finger there, put one end of  the measuring tape on the waist, on the side.

Finally, measure from the waist, vertically down on the side, to the point where you measured the hips contour.

Knee

Now let's locate the center of the knee: if you bend it, the knee center is its apex, viewed from the side. This is where we will measure the knee contour.
 

As usual, keep a finger on the place where you measured the knee contour (on the side), release the measuring tape, and measure from the waist down to this point.

Outseam length

Measure from the waist level, on the side of your body, down to either the floor (if wearing no shoes) or the level where the sole or your shoes start (if you are wearing shoes).

Here on the picture, our model was wearing his pants a bit lower than usual, and his waist was actually at the level of the top edge of his pants. Usually, 50s slacks were worn at the actual waist level, which means it is the belt which is at the waist, and not the top edge of the pants.

This means that your slacks will be made, unless otherwise requested, a bit higher than your waist level, so you will wear your belt at the waist level.

If you ordered 40's styled pants, they will be made slightly higher by default, to be worn with the belt about 1" above the waist level.

All this can be changed to suit your personal taste, of course. If you'd like your slacks to sit higher or lower than default, please leave a message on the 'Hits/requirements' box below.

Inside length

Measure from the very top of your crotch, down to either the floor (if wearing no shoes) or the level where the sole or your shoes start (if you are wearing shoes), on the inner side of your leg.

We will add the required ease to this measurement when making your pants, but here we need to know the real measurement without any ease.
Of course, this measurement is easier taken in your underwear than with pants on.

Waist

Outseam

Inseam

Knees

Measure, from the top egde down, half the outseam and 10cm/4" downwards. At this point, measure the width of the leg, horizontally.

Bottom opening

Crotch length

Place something straight (like a ruler) horizontally at the crotch level, on the front. Measure the crotch height vertically and straight, from the waist down to the ruler level. Don't follow the crotch curve.

Height

What's your height?

Hints / requirements

Please let us know if you think there is something about your figure we should know or would be helpful to us. If you prefer your garment to fit slightly looser or not so loose, or to sit slightly higher or lower than default, here is the right place to write it too. Thanks!

Shipping information

Now, let's make sure your package will get to you smoothly. We ship all orders via DHL Express. A courier will deliver your order to the address of your choice, under signature. If they find no one at this address, they will leave a note and you will need to go pick it up at their offices. You can choose to have your order shipped to any address of your choice: it can be your home or work address, your neighbour's, your parents... whichever place you think your order will arrive safe and sound to, and whichever place there will be someone to sign for the package.

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Taking your measurements – man

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