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Is this the correct way to measure

SkinnyGoomba

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I'm measuring a suit that i have, that fits me well.

However, being new to taking measurements (on suits), i'd like to get an opinion on if this the correct way to measure:

chest:



lay flat, right under the arm hole, then double the measurement



the slimmest part of the waist

the sleeve length starting at the seam



thanks!
 

A Guy from Shanghai

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Originally Posted by breakfasteatre
Some sleeve measurements are taken from the middle of the collar, across the shoulder and then down the arm

OP's doing is right. "taken from the middle of the collar, across the shoulder and then down the arm" is how to measure the sleeve length for shirts.
 

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Note that there is a lining in the trouser waistband usually, which takes up some space. Have to account for that.

As with anything, tagged size doesn't doesn't always correspond to actual size in inches. Even if the maker tries to label the size in inches.

It is also possible you didn't measure correctly.

Originally Posted by yfyf
A Harris's guide is excellent, but Is there a guide for how to measure trousers? I measured the waist in my trousers as 32+ when I'm definitely only a 30.
 

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Originally Posted by yfyf
A Harris's guide is excellent, but Is there a guide for how to measure trousers? I measured the waist in my trousers as 32+ when I'm definitely only a 30.

A widely accepted one... not that I know of. However, Blue in Green SoHo Jeans Measurements Index , the denimheads' bible to measuring, is a good substitute.

FWIW, most RTW pants (including denim) are "vanity sized", which means the waist is actually larger than tagged size; an attempt to not disillusion the average customer, perhaps. Waist measurement also varies depending on the rise(whether the pants are meant to be worn at the waist, at the hip, or anywhere in between). You need to take into account the room for shirt to be tucked in as well.

As always, chances are your waist has... hhmmm... expanded a bit since the last measure.
 

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