How to Get Your Body Measurements

When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure. 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 measurements for: shirts/breeches/trousers/ waistcoats & gilets .

Measurements for Shirts:

1. 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.

2. Chest & Waist 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. 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.

4. Sleeve Length for Shirts:

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

5. Length for Shirt:

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.

6. Wrist for Shirts:

 Place tape measure around your wrist 

Measurements for

waistcoats & Gilet

1. Length for Waistcoats & Gilets:

Place tape measure on the front at the top of your shoulder, close to your shoulder joint, follow your body down to the point where you want your waistcoat/coat to end.

2. Chest for Waistcoats & Gilets:

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

4. Waist for Waistcoats & Gilets:

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 similar to like a belt would go.

Measurements for

Breeches and Trousers:

1. 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, similar to like a belt would go.

2. Inseam for Breeches & Trousers:

 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 where you want your trousers to end.

 18th Century Breeches should come 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. 

3. Thigh for Breeches & Trousers:

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.

4. Calf for Breeches only:

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. 

5. Out-seam for Breeches & Trousers:

To measure the out-seam for your breeches or trousers, place the tape measure to the side of your body at the point where you would want the top of the waistband to sit, and measure down along the outside of your leg to the point where you would want your breeches or trousers to end.