Measuring Tips – Finding Your Fit For Custom Apparel

Measuring Tips – Finding Your Fit For Custom Apparel

Sometimes it’s difficult to know which size to order. To help you take the guesswork out of your decision, we are going to provide you with clothing measuring tips and a guide. We will outline: how to take your own measurements, as well as offer you some additional tips. We will outline: how to measure chest circumference, length, and sleeve measurement, as well as offer you some additional tips.

How to choose the proper chest measurement:

Ideally, you will have a friend nearby to help you attain your measurements. However, you can still get a good measurement on your own with a little time. Just remember to measure twice! Write your results down and then take the average of both numbers.
Stand up straight with your arms hanging at your sides. Wrap the tape measure under your armpits across the largest part of your chest. Stand in your natural posture and breathe normally. If you like a loose fitting garment, simply add an inch to the measurement, and record your number. You are one step closer to choosing your custom apparel with your own body measurements guide!

How to determine the correct length of your garment:

Put the measuring tape at the base of the back of your neck and measure down your back to the point where the shirt will end. If you like your garments a bit longer, then add to your number. Also, if you have a larger belly, add two inches to your measurement. Lastly, round up to the nearest inch.

How to measure for spot-on sleeve length:

Begin at the nape of your neck right in the center and measure to the end of your shoulder at the top of your arm. Then, bending the arm at a 90-degree angle, measure from the shoulder to just before your wrist bone (for long sleeved garments) and add the two numbers together.

Some additional tips you may find helpful:

  • If you do not have a flexible measuring tape, you can use a piece of string and then lay it on a ruler to determine the measurement.
  • To get a more accurate calculation take off layers when measuring.
  • Keep your measuring tape snug, but not tight, for accurate tailor measurements.
  • Do not hold your breath when measuring.
  • If you do not have someone to help you get your measurements, you might want to try this other way on how to take your own measurements. You may use your favorite t-shirt by laying it flat and measuring it from seam to seam across the chest on the front side only To determine the length of your garment, measure from the back collar to the bottom hemline.

If you need additional help on how to find your size, give one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives a call at 1-800-440-1210, Monday through Saturday from 9 AM – 9PM EST.

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20 thoughts on “Measuring Tips – Finding Your Fit For Custom Apparel

  1. I’m new to this ,so I’m wondering , u dont have much to choose from in trucks ( Semi’s) . And in order for me to order something special on a t shirt , or hoodie ,& on glasses ,I have to order alot of them. I dont need alot of them . And i would want the semi logo on the back side , not the front . He hates anything on the front side. Can u help me with this problem ?

    1. Hi Judy. The artwork on our designs is already set and cannot be altered. The design you want is a custom design and the only way we can accommodate your request is if you order 24+ pieces. You would need to call our Custom Design Department for more information. Their number is 1-800-440-1210, ask for Trish. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Have a nice day.

  2. I am wanting to place an order but can not find you sizing chart, so I may order the correct size. I have read you page on finding your fit but I need actual measurements for chest. Where may I find this? Thanks Carol

  3. I recieved a T- shirt from my son for my Birthday, he bought from you, I want to say that I love it and it fits really good.

      1. Hello Debbie.
        Our shirts are not made in China. We recommend you look at our sizing charts for the most accuracy. Most customers agree that our tees run true to size. If you need further assistance, please give our customer service department a call at 1-800-440-1210. Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend. -Gwen

    1. Hi Phyllis. Our shirts are unisex, so if you need a men’s XL, that would be the size you would order. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Gwen

    1. Hi Karen,
      The measurements are across the front of the shirts. Therefore, you need to double them – a Medium is for a 40-inch chest since the measurement is 20-inches (20 X 2 = 40). I hope that helps to explain. Let me know if I can be of further assistance. -Gwen

  4. My daughter is 9 years old and wears a girls 10-12. what size shirt should I get her.

    My son is 5 and wears a 4T. What size teeshirt should I get him?

    1. Hello, Liz. My recommendation is to check the size charts on our website. I would like to mention that the toddler sizes run small, so definitely size up for your son, probably to an XS. For your daughter, I would guess our youth medium. It has a chest size of 18″ when laid flat and measured from one seam to the other on one side of the garment, and the length is 23″ If you measure one of her shirts that fits her well and compare to the size chart, I think you will be able to select the correct size. And, if you need further assistance, please give our customer service department a call at 1-800-440-1210. Have a nice day! -Gwen

  5. Would like to buy one of your new fleece jackets. My mother’s husband is almost 7 ft tall. Length is the problem. Jacket size dimensions are not shown. Zippered hoodies are. They show a length of 32″on a 4X. Are the jackets comparable to the hoodies?

    1. Hello James. The dimensions for our 4X microfleece jackets (with camo sleeve and side inserts) are Chest 31″ and Length 33.5″ The fleece jackets in varying colors are 31.75″ in width and 30.25″ in length for the 4X. I will include the link to our sizing guides for you. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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