How to Take Measurements at Home
To find your perfect fit.
This article will outline the most common suit measurements and offer basic instruction on how to take them accurately. This will help you get the best experience out of finding your perfect fit in the comforts of your own home. The measurements that will be highlighted below are the most important and will serve as a baseline from which you can reasonably assess a suits fit.
How to properly hold measuring tape:
Be sure to leave about one fingers worth of space behind the measuring tape and between the body. Focus on wrapping the tape around the area of the body being measured and hold it in place. Generally, you’ll want tape to feel snug on you, but not tight. You can drastically change measurements by holding the tape too tight. In tailoring, an inch is a mile.
Types of measurements– Circumference, Length, and Width
When measuring the body, there are three directions one generally needs to go– around (circumference), up and down (length), and across (width). Most bodies have natural dips that allow one to find the same spot to measure from, which is important for the sake of consistency.
Although seeking a professional tailor is ideal, you do not need to be an expert to take measurements. All you need is patience and a friend.
Here at Edbesong, we are always more then happy to assist and steer you in the right direction. If taking measurements yourself is not for you, you may consult with a local tailor of choice. If you are in the Brooklyn/NYC area, please come in and see us! Book your appointment and allow us to take your measurements. You will leave us looking like a GQ model!