How to Get Your Body Measurements

When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure, not a metal one. Make sure that, when you circle your neck, chest, waist, or hips, the tape is level and neither too tight nor too loose. Please scroll down for how to get your breeches/trousers/ coats and waistcoats measurements.

Measurements for Shirts:

Collar - chest -waist - sleeve length - shirt length

Collar for Shirts:

Please take this measurement at the bottom of your neck, when you circle your neck make sure that the tape is nether too tight nor too loose.

Chest for Shirts:

Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front. 

Waist for Shirts:

For shirts measure your waist at the fullest point of your stomach. To take this measurement wrap the tape measure around your waist, sort of like a belt would.

Sleeve Length for Shirts:

This measurement it is hard to take alone, it is best that you get help with this measurement.

For this measurement place your arm on your stomach, your elbow should be bent at a 90-degree angle.

Place tape measure at the mid point of the back of your neck, measure down to the shoulder joint, then down your arm to the elbow, around your elbow down to the wrist, or the point where you want the sleeve to end.

Shirt Length:

For this measurement place tape measure on the front at the top of your shoulder, close to your shoulder joint, and measure down to where you would want your shirt to end.

Measurements for Coats and  waistcoats:

Sleeve Length- garment Length- Chest- Waist - shoulder Width

Sleeve Length for Coats:

This measurement is hard to take alone, it is best that you get help with this measurement.

Place your hand on your stomach, your elbow should be bent at a 90-degree angle.

Place tape measure at the shoulder joint, measure down your arm to the elbow, then around your elbow down to the wrist, or to the point where you want the sleeve to end.

Length for Waistcoats and Coats:

The coat length is taken from the top of the shoulder, close to the shoulder joint , following your body down to the point where you want your coat to end.

Chest For Waistcoats and Coats:

Measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust, wrap it around under your armpits, around your shoulder blades, and back to the front.

Waist for Waistcoats and Coats:

For coats and waistcoats measure your waist at the fullest point of your stomach. To take this measurement wrap the tape measure around your waist, sort of like a belt would.

Shoulder Width for Waistcoat and Coats:

This measurement is also hard to take alone, it is best that you get help with this measurement. Standing straight measure along your back from one shoulder joint to the other.

Measurements for

Breeches and Trousers:

Waist - Inseam -Thigh - Calf

Waist for Breeches and Trousers:

For breeches and trousers measure your waist at the point where you generally wear your breeches or trousers. To take this measurement wrap the tape measure around your waist, sort of like a belt would.

Inseam for Trousers:

The proper inseam on a pair of 18th century trousers is higher up than modern pants. To measure your trousers inseam  start from the uppermost inner part of your thigh and measure down along the inner side of your leg to the bottom of your ankle bone.

Inseam for Breeches:

The proper inseam on a pair of 18th century breeches is approximately 1 inch below the knee cap. To measure your breeches inseam start from the uppermost inner part of your thigh and measure down along the inner side of your leg to the point where your breeches should end. 

Thigh for Breeches:

Measure the circumference of the fullest part of your thigh. Wrap the tape measure around your thigh from front to back and then around to the front.

Calf for Breeches:

Measure the circumference of your bottom leg about 1 inch below your knee cap or at the point where you would want your breeches to end. Wrap the tape measure from front to back and then around to the front.