Once you have the shirt and measuring tape ready, close all the buttons, including the collar and cuffs. Lay the shirt out on a flat surface. It is best to use a large table or even the floor if you don’t have enough space. Spread the shirt out on that surface with the front facing you and the sleeves spread out. Smooth out any wrinkles. Follow each of the steps below or download our Shirt Measurement Guide. Be sure note the unit of measurement. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not add any extra to account for shrinkage; we will factor that in for you.
For the chest, measure just below the armpits at the seams, where the sleeves attach to the body of the shirt. Make sure that the left and right sides are aligned. Place the measuring tape across the shirt from seam to seam.
Take the waist measurement across the narrowest part of the shirt. It may be where the shirt tapers in the middle, or you can find the spot on your shirt where you feel that your waist would be. Measure across from the left side seam to the right side seam.
From the bottom left corner of the shirt, pull the tape across the bottom, and measure to the right corner. Make sure that you measure straight across from seam to seam. Do not measure the curved hem.
Starting from the seam where the body meets the sleeve, locate the armpit. Measuring an inch from the armpit, place the tape at this point, and pull the tape straight across the sleeve.
Flip the shirt over now so that the back is facing up and laying flat. Smooth out any wrinkles.
Place the measuring tape at the bottom edge of the collar, where it connects to the shirt at the midway point. Pull the measuring tape straight down toward the bottom edge of the shirt.
Take this measurement straight across where the back panel and the yoke panel meet between the sleeves. Place the measuring tape at the edge of the left seam. Pull the tape across the yoke toward the edge of the right seam.
Place the measuring tape beneath the center of the collar, just below the seam. Pull the tape to the yoke seam, where it connects to the sleeve and note this measurement. Now place the tape at the same yoke seam, and extend the tape down the sleeve to the end of the cuff. The sum of these two measurements, or the measurement straight down, will be your sleeve length.
Spread open the collar so it lays flat and so both the button stitch and buttonhole are across from each other. Placing the measuring tape against the button stitch, pull the tape across the collar until you reach the center of the buttonhole.
For the cuff, repeat the same steps used for the collar by spreading out the cuff flat. Measure from the button stitch until you reach the center of the buttonhole.