Measurements

Measurements are easy. You'll need a measuring tape. You'll need a friend, a spouse, a parent or someone who can help you! If you have no one to help you, please follow the directions on how to provide finished measurements and simply send those. For trousers, out seam and inseam measurements need to be taken by someone other than you.

Follow these simple steps:

Trouser Measurements

Waist measurement
Place the measuring tape around the body at the natural indentation of the waistline. Pull the measuring tape so it conforms to the body like a glove - but don't pull it tight. Record the measurement.

Hip measurement
Place the measuring tape around the body at the fullest part of the seat. This measurement should be done with trousers on. Pull the measuring tape so it conforms to the body - but don't pull it tight. Record the measurement.

Out seam measurement
This measurement is done with trousers on. Place the measuring tape at the top of the waistband and measure down to the bottom of the ankle. Record the measurement for the right leg, and then measure the left leg. Record the measurement for the left leg. (It's not uncommon for one leg to be as much as 1/2" or more different than the other leg.) Measure again to the bottom of the trousers. Hopefully this is where you want your trousers hemmed. If not, measure to where you want your trousers hemmed. Record the measurement.

Inseam measurement
This measurement is done with trousers on. Place the measuring tape at the crotch of the trousers and measure down to the bottom of the ankle. Record the measurement for the right leg, and then measure the left leg. Record the measurement for the left leg. Measure again to the bottom of the trousers. Hopefully this is where you want your trousers hemmed. If not, measure to where you want your trousers hemmed. Record the measurement.

Tip
If you have a pair of pants that fit you well, you can measure those also. Here's how to take finished measurements: Lay your trousers on a flat surface - dining room tables work well and floors work well.

Out seam measurement
Fold the legs of the trousers together - such as you have them hanging on a hangar. Place inseams together. Lay the trousers flat. Measure from the top of the waistband to the bottom of the cuff. Record the measurement.

Inseam
With the trousers laying flat from your previous measurement, fold back the top leg to expose the inseam. Measure from the crotch to the hem. Record the measurement.

Waist
Zip up the pants, and button the front fly button. You're going to measure the inside of the finished waist. Place the tape measure on the right front side of the fly and measure around the waistband. Measure until the left front meets the right front where you began. Record that measurement as the waist measurement.
There is no hip measurement on finished trousers.

Here's a worksheet for your convenience
  • Trouser Measurements:
  • Actual measurements:
  • Waist:
  • Hip:
  • Out seam:
    • Right leg waist to bottom of ankle
    • Left leg waist to bottom of ankle
    • Right leg waist to bottom of trousers
    • Left leg waist to bottom of trousers
  • Inseam
    • Right leg crotch to bottom of ankle
    • Left leg crotch to bottom of ankle
    • Right leg crotch to bottom of trousers
    • Left leg crotch to bottom of trousers
  • Finished measurements:
  • Waist:
  • Out seam:
  • Inseam:
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