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Measuring Lapel Width

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
From past posts, it seems like lapel widths are measured at their "widest point." However, is this measurement made assuming the measuring tape is held parallel to the ground (completely flat)?

I've attached an image of what I imagine lapel width measurement to be like. Please let me know if I'm mistaken.
LL
post #2 of 17
That works and is accurate.

The other way is to measure parallel with the gorge but if the gorge has a diagonal angle it will change the measurement.

Important thing is, if you are communicating measurements to another person, that they measure in the same way you are. Good to be on the same page.
post #3 of 17
You're the tailor and obviously know better than I do, but I always thought it was measured perpendicular to the inside of the lapel, not parallel to the ground.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
brittain, that's exactly what I mean! Just saying "at the widest point" is open to a litany of interpretations. I guess my question is--when people talk about the "standard width" being 3.5 inches, how is this measured?
post #5 of 17
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You're the tailor and obviously know better than I do, but I always thought it was measured perpendicular to the inside of the lapel, not parallel to the ground.

That is the way I measure, perpendicular from the breakline of the lapel.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
That is the way I measure, perpendicular from the breakline of the lapel.

+1
LL
post #7 of 17
^ The black line right?
post #8 of 17
Bump - black or red?
post #9 of 17
Black
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
Black

My vote is for black as well. This method would yield more consistent results. If you tried to measure perpendicular to the ground you could measure 5 times and get 5 different widths. Do you really want to break out the level for this? No.
post #11 of 17
According to my tailor and to Jason from TaT it's the black line.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
Black

Thanks.
post #13 of 17
Bump - how would taking the lapel measurement change (or would it) if you were doing for a peak lapel?
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by theyare View Post

Bump - how would taking the lapel measurement change (or would it) if you were doing for a peak lapel?

 

Also, anyone know the width of RLBL peak lapels?

post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by theyare View Post

Bump - how would taking the lapel measurement change (or would it) if you were doing for a peak lapel?

Measure on the black line, perpendicular from the breakline of the lapel. No difference between measuring for a notch or peak.
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