Taking Your Measurements2018-07-10T18:07:06+00:00

Taking Your Measurements

Follow these guidelines when checking your measurements and our international sizing chart.

You’ll need a seamstress tape measure made of vinyl or fabric.  Be mindful when comparing measurements as fabric can be fluid so a precise measurement is difficult to guarantee. You should allow about a centimetre difference between the listed measurements and the actual garment.

  • Bust. Measure directly under the armpits and double.
  • Shoulders. Measure across the top of the garment from shoulder seam to shoulder seam.
  • Sleeves. This measurement can be taken from the shoulder seam to the end of the cuff or from the back of the middle of the neck to the end of the cuff.
  • Waist. For pants and skirts, measure across the very top, then double.  For shirts and dresses, measure at about 15 to 20 cm’s below the armpit, then double.
  • Hips. For pants and skirts, measure about 20 to 22cm down from the waist, then double.  For shirts and dresses, measure at about 35,5 to 40cm below the armpit, then double.
  • Length. For skirts, measure the front centre of the garment from the top of the waist to the bottom of the hem.  For shirts and dresses, either measure from the shoulder seam to the bottom of the hem, from the armpit to the bottom hem, or from the centre back neck to the bottom hem.
  • Inseam. Measure along the inside leg from the crotch seam to the bottom hem.
  • Rise. Measure from the crotch seam up to the top of the waist band in the front.
  • Sweep. The sweep is the circumference of the bottom hem of a skirt, dress, coat, or jacket.  For a jacket or coat, measure the sweep across the bottom hem from open edge to open edge.  For a skirt or dress, measure the sweep by laying the garment flat with seams matched, measure end to end, then double.