How to take measurements of a sartorial shirt.
If you are ordering a tailored shirt, the only way to be sure that it will suit you perfectly is to create your own custom fit by defining the measurements of your body. This little guide will show you how to take measurements of the male body in a short time and without making mistakes.
Even if you do not have any experience in tailoring, or it is the first time that you use the tailor's tape, following these simple step by step instructions, you will be able to take the required sartorial measures. What do you need? A friend and a tape measure, we will take care of the rest.
Some advice before starting
When measuring the circumferences, please remember to always keep the meter horizontally aligned, avoiding it to be crooked or oblique. Do not over tighten the tape; make it adhere to the body without pressure. Always make sure you are using the tape measure from the correct side.
Mark the precise measurements without adding or removing centimeters. Given the asymmetric structure of the body, in some cases you will be asked to measure the circumference of both limbs. This will allow a more precise fit.
Here is the complete list of the 12 basic measures and 5 body indications necessary for our tailors. Read carefully all our indications and then with your anatomical measurements we can finally proceed with the creation of your new suit or your custom shirt.
1.10 Chest Circumference
Measure the chest circumference by placing the tape measure under the armpits, above the nipples and on the shoulder blades. Make sure the meter is aligned horizontally. Then relax your arms on your hips breathing normally, so as to get a correct bust size.
2.10 Neck circumference
Place the tape measure around your neck, just below the Adam's apple, without tightening. Do not stretch your neck and do not move your chin down, stay relaxed.
3.10 Shoulder Width
Measure the width of the shoulders starting from the lateral point of the left shoulder (indicatively where the sleeve seam will be made), to the lateral outermost point of the right shoulder. The meter should not be kept perfectly straight, but must follow the natural curve of the back through the most prominent bone under the neck.
4.10 Seam Shoulder
5.10 Arms Length
Relax the arms and measure the length in two steps: start from where we stopped the shoulder measurement, that is the lateral point of the shoulder (indicatively where the sleeve seam is made) and measure unto the elbow. Stop the tape measure in this position and then continue measuring unto the wrist bone (including it), following the side profile of the arm.
6.10 Biceps Circumference
Relax your arms and stretch them along your sides. Then measure the circumference of both biceps at the widest point and enter only the largest value of the two.
7.10 Wrist circumference
Measure the circumference of both wrists just below the most prominent bone, and enter the larger value between the two.
8.10 Back width
Slightly incline the head forward. Point the tape measure on the most protruding bone behind the neck and measure unto the back of the crotch (1 cm below the buttocks), if you want to wear the shirt in the trousers. Otherwise ...
9.10 Stomach Circumference
Relax and do not hold your breath (nor your stomach!). Measure the circumference of the stomach at the height of the navel and make sure the meter is aligned horizontally.
10.10 Waist circumference (waist or hips)
Measure the circumference of the waist at the height of the trouser belt, also in this case just avoid holding the breath. Make sure the measuring tape is horizontally aligned and check that the trousers do not interfere with the measurement.