Actual garment dimensions are given to help with making sure the garment is going to fit correctly. The stated size is a to-fit measurement. The to-fit size is usually a good place to start however as children grow at different rates during adolescents, it is not uncommon for compromises to be made, especially when it comes to sleeve length. This is where the garment dimensions come into play. Use the actual measurement to make sure the sleeve length or the leg length of the garment is going to proficiently fit and will allow room for extra growth and comfort. This could result in going up a size or two depending on the garment you are measuring for.
It is always best to take measurements on bare skin where possible.
Measuring chest for to-fit measurements
1. Wrap the measuring tape around your chest holding the measuring tape in front.
2. The tape measure should run across the fullest part of your chest and parallel to the ground.
3. Relax your body. The measuring tape should be tight to the body but not cutting into the skin.
Measuring for sleeve length
1. Place your right hand on your right hip, with your elbow bent so that your arm forms a 90-degree
2. Place the end of the tape measure either at the top of the shoulder or at the base of the neck.
The position will vary depending on the type of product you are measuring for. (Consult individual
product sizing diagrams for direction.)
3. Run the measuring tape down the arm, over the elbow and down to your wrist.
Measuring for Trousers, Shorts and Skirts
1. Determine where you prefer to wear your trousers/skirt.
2. Hold the measuring tape at the front of your body in line with your preferred waistband.
3. Wrap the measuring tape around the body so it is parallel with the ground until it meets the start
of the tape. This will be the actual waist measurement you will need to select when choosing you
garment. Then tape should be tight to the body but not cutting into the skin.