How to Measure for a Costume

It’s critical to get your right measures to make a costume. Please get the step by step guide with reference photo as below.

Key measurements list:

Key measurements Measure Method
1 Height Measure from the top of your head to the floor
2 Chest Measure around your chest under your arms
3 Waist Measure around your waist fourth finger under your belly button
4 Hips Measure around your hips at the widest point of your bum
5 Shoulder width Measure from the point at the top edge of each shoulder to the other side point, over the natural curve of your back
6 Sleeve length Measure from the point at the top edge of your shoulder, to your wrist bone when the arm is bend slightly
7 Bicep Measure around your bicep at the same level as your nipples
8 Thigh Measure your thigh just blow your crotch

Measure Tips:

1. It’s important that measurements should be taken by reading the number from “0” on the tap measure.

2. Do not to pull the tape measure too tight in case that the measurements is too small. Instead, place one finger between the tap and the person being measured. It will be better mimic the fit of the clothing.

 

Let’s show you the details how to measure yourself step by step.

Chest

Measure around your chest under your arms, keep your arms relaxed at your sides;

Ensure the tape measure is LEVEL with your nipples all the way around.

chest measure

Waist

Find your nature waist, which is the smallest part of your waist;

Locate your waist by placing one inch above your belly button;

Wrap the tap measure around your waist 1 inch above your belly button;

Once again, make sure the tape measure remains level.

Remember, your nature waistline may not match the waistline of the pants you are currently wearing.

Waist Measure

 Hips

Have your friend measure from the side of your body, to ensure the taps measure is level;

Wrap the tap measure around your hips at the widest point of your bum.

Hips measure

 Shoulder Width

Identify the points at the top edge of each shoulder, measure from point to point, over the natural curve of your back

Shoulder Width Measure

 Sleeve length: Measure the length of your arm in 2 steps.

Steps 1: Start from the point at the top edge of your shoulder (the SAME POINT when you measure your shoulders width), and measure to the point of your elbow.

Step 2: Hold the tape measure there and continue towards your wrist, taking your final measurement just below your wrist bone.

Sleeve Length Measure

 Bicep circumference

Relax your arms on both sides, measure around your bicep at the same level as your nipples.

Bicep measure

 Thigh Circumference

Measure your thigh just blow your crotch. Ensure the tape measure remains level all the way around.

Thigh Measure

The other Extra Key Measurements:

Neck:

Measure around your neck just above your Adam’s apple.

Neck Measure

Shirt length:

Measure from where your neck meets your shoulder straight down your torso (the HIGHEST POINT of your shoulder at the base of your neck), until level with your first thumb joint.

Shirt length measure 1

Shirt length measure 2

 Pants length:

Locate your waist by placing four fingers beneath your belly button;

Wrap the tape measure around your waist under your fourth finger;

Mark a point at one side and then measure your our leg from that point to the floor.

Pants length measure

 Stomach:

Measure around your stomach in line with your belly button;

Please keep the tap measure level the entire way around.

Stomach Measure

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