While taking your own body measurements can seem like a daunting task, fear not because it’s not as bad as it looks. You can do it!
Although we’re a full-service alterations shop, the reason why we don’t take your measurements (unless we’re altering or making something from scratch for ya) is simply because we don’t want to be held liable in case they don’t match what another tailor/designer wants.
(For example, what if you’re not sure how wide/narrow you want your pants to be? Believe it or not this measurement is affected by the pant length, so we may get a particular measurement, which you then take to another tailor, who makes you your new pants, which end up not being what you wanted originally.
See :)? Unless those measurements are for our own reference/use, we’d rather abstain from taking them.)
Having said that, let’s now get on to how YOU can get your own measurements!
NOTE: Having a buddy measure you is encouraged but not required.
Order of slideshow images: Shoulders, chest, upper arm, bust, under bust, waist, hip, and height.
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In case you can’t see the pictures above, we also recommend this resource by the For Dummies crew: How to Get Your Body Measurements.
We found three good instructional videos that we’d recommend (see them below). The first is the shortest and the last two are part of a series, are more detailed, and each lasts about ten minutes.
A Note Re: Your Inseam
If having someone else measure your inseam makes you uncomfortable, then have them perform this neat trick: Take a hardcover book spine up and place that spine perpendicular to your crotch. Then simply measure the distance from the top of that spine to wherever you’d like your pants to go. That’s your inseam measurement!
(Or you may also measure the inseam of a pair of pants that already fit you very well.)
Another Note Re: Assistance
Although the videos indicate you can’t do this on your own, if you’re really nervous, feel free to recruit someone to help you. We’ve known of men who successfully take their own measurements but if you’d rather have someone help you while you become a pro, just ask them! We’re sure they’ll be glad to help.
Now The Videos
AND THAT’S IT!
We hope you’ve found these resources helpful. If you do have any questions or run into any hurdles, feel free to contact us.