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How does one accurately measure the length of a shirt sleeve? I have several shirts to put on eBay, but they are only marked in cm (41, 42, 39) or inches 15.5, 17. I measured from the middle of the back to the seam of the sleeve, and then from the seam to the cuff. Is this correct?
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I believe you measure the length of the sleeve from the shoulder (not the armpit) seam to the end of the cuff. Add this number to 1/2 the width of the yoke.
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Your addition is correct. The measurement is usually taken by placing the tape on the center of the yoke, going out over the shoulder, and down the arm to the end of the cuff. That way, for dense old shirtmakers, no addition is necessary.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I was measuring to the shoulder seam from the center of the neck, just below the collar, then from the shoulder seam to the cuff. The measurements seemed a bit long (36 to 37"), so I wasn't sure.
post #5 of 17
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Your addition is correct. The measurement is usually taken by placing the tape on the center of the yoke, going out over the shoulder, and down the arm to the end of the cuff. That way, for dense old shirtmakers, no addition is necessary.  
Alex, when you do this measurement, is it necessary (or useful) to have arm bent so that you account for movement and sleeve-length?
post #6 of 17
Horace: No. If not a bespoke shirt, you should buy one about 1/2" longer than your actual measure which will take this into account. Bending the arm tends to make for very inaccurate measurements. Alex
post #7 of 17
Why do shirtmakers measure from the middle of the back to the shoulder to the bottom of the arm and call that sleeve length?
post #8 of 17
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Why do shirtmakers measure from the middle of the back to the shoulder to the bottom of the arm and call that sleeve length?
Because it works much better than measuring up from the foot. EDIT:
post #9 of 17
I think he meant: why not just measure from the shoulder seam?
post #10 of 17
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(Manton) I think he meant: why not just measure from the shoulder seam?
Exactly. Thanks Manton.
post #11 of 17
Oh, poo. Loud Bronx cheer to you caffiene-less dullards.
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Why do shirtmakers measure from the middle of the back to the shoulder to the bottom of the arm and call that sleeve length?
It is custom. It is adhered to by the RTW shirt industry. Changing it would probably be as successful as was the attempt to switch the United States to the metric system.
post #12 of 17
Thanks for the answer, AK. Didn't mean to be a dullard.
post #13 of 17
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Horace: No. If not a bespoke shirt, you should buy one about 1/2" longer than your actual measure which will take this into account. Bending the arm tends to make for very inaccurate measurements. Alex
Thank you Alex. I know you've kindly answered many a question on this board & perhaps you've been asked these ones: but, nevertheless, I am curious: 1) in general in the RTW shirt rag-trade, is the body of a full-cut Brooks or Hathaway shirt scaled to the measurements of the collar and sleeve. That is, is the body of a 15 1/2 -3 shirt smaller than a 16 1/2 -3 shirt? And what about a 15 1/2-3 v. 15 1/2-4, etc, etc. 2) You make some very astute comments on your site about the decline in quality in products in general. That is, people not taking time to do things the right way, or skimping on certain steps in the manufacturing process, etc. This obviously doesn't apply just to shirt-making but to those of us old enough to remember, the cars coming out of detroit, etc. Anyway, in the standard process of making an American RTW shirt, what steps have been discontinued from the days when you started in the rag-trade, to the present time? Cheaper thread? Less quality control (e.g. insuring that seams are straight, etc.)?....
post #14 of 17
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How does one accurately measure the length of a shirt sleeve? I have several shirts to put on eBay, but they are only marked in cm (41, 42, 39) or inches 15.5, 17. I measured from the middle of the back to the seam of the sleeve, and then from the seam to the cuff. Is this correct?
Are your shirts from European shirtmakers? From your description, the cm measurments measure just the neck, using an average arm measurement. I use a tape everyday, the translation is 41 cm = 16 42 cm = 16 1/4 39 cm = @15.5 Yes on yoke center seam to the bottom of cuff. Yippee, the warm weather is back.
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(mano @ Mar. 19 2005,16:50) How does one accurately measure the length of a shirt sleeve? I have several shirts to put on eBay, but they are only marked in cm (41, 42, 39) or inches 15.5, 17. I measured from the middle of the back to the seam of the sleeve, and then from the seam to the cuff. Is this correct?
Are your shirts from European shirtmakers?  From your description, the cm measurments measure just the neck, using an average arm measurement.  I use a tape everyday, the translation is 41 cm = 16 42 cm = 16 1/4 39 cm = @15.5 Yes on yoke center seam to the bottom of cuff. Yippee, the warm weather is back.
I thought 42 = 16 1/2 -- at least that's how my RTW New & Lingers measure.
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