Got a favorite shirt you’d love to have re-made in more fabrics? Simply print this sheet off, follow the directions and note the measurements.
Please note: We find a flexible tailor’s tape to be the easiest tape measure to use, but in reality any tape measure will do.
- Unbutton the shirt and lay it flat on a work surface with the label facing you.
- Measure the distance between the center of the buttonhole and the center of the button.
You’ll note this is not the same measurement as simple measuring the fabric at the neck. This subtracts the amount of overlapping material in the button area.
- Grasp the shoulder seam where it’s stitched to the arm on each side of the shirt and pull the seams. outward until the shirt lays flat.
- Measure the distance from the shoulder/arm seam on one side to the shoulder/arm on the other.
- Button the shirt top to bottom and lay it flat.
- Find the seam where the shoulder, sleeve and collar band come together.
- Measure from this point to the bottom of the shirt.
- Gently pull the side seams under the armpits as the shirt is laying on a flat surface.
- Measure the distance from where the armpit/side seam on one side to the armpit/side seam on the other.
- Multiply by 2 to get your chest measurement (Example: 24” x 2 = 48” chest measurement)
- Lay the shirt flat and gently pull the side seams out to their full extension at the 2nd button from the bottom
- Measure the distance from one side seam to the other while passing directly over the button
- Just as in the chest, multiply by 2 to get your waist measurement (Example: 23” x 2 = 46” waist measurement)
- Grasp the side seams at the very bottom of the shirt and gently pull them to full extension
- Measure the distance from one side seam to the other.
- Just as in the chest and waist, multiply by 2 to get your hip measurement (Example: 23.5” x 2 = 47” waist measurement)
- Grasp the top shoulder/sleeve seam joint and the end of the cuff and gently pull it to full extension
- Measure from the shoulder/sleeve seam to the end of the cuff.