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From: goldenrose
Date: 08-25-2003, 06:03 AM (1 of 5)
I help in the clothing room at our church. We are measuring all types of clothing for adults and children. What is the proper way to measure Jackets, Shirts, Blouses?

To measure pants and skirts - I measure 1/2 the waiste and double it. For pants I measure the inseam from the crotch to the bottom of the cuff.

If I am wrong please let me know. I need this information by Tue. Aug. 2003:nc:
User: goldenrose
Member since: 08-25-2003
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From: bren
Date: 08-25-2003, 07:34 AM (2 of 5)
Hi goldenrose ,

Welcome to the boards... that's the way I did it when I worked in the sewing room at the hospital many years ago... the shirts I would measure the bust and sleeve.... I'm sure there are some better Ideas out there... I hope the group come along with more opinions for you.
Have a nice day!!

Don't let anyone ...Live Rent Free In Your Head
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From: maps
Date: 08-25-2003, 08:20 AM (3 of 5)
on the shirt i'd just measure the bust and then the shoulder to the bottom of the length??? i'd do the pants the same exact way. welcome to the boards goldenrose
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From: habanerohutch
Date: 08-25-2003, 12:11 PM (4 of 5)
On mens' shirts the sleeve length is measured from the center at the back of the neck out to the end of the sleeve. Not the literal length of the sleeve, but the sleeve plus half the yoke width.

Chile Pepper from Texas
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 08-25-2003, 04:56 PM (5 of 5)
If you are measuring the sleeve length on men's shirts, then the other measurement you need is the neck, not the chest measure..
Any time you measure the chest, (or bust for women) you need to know how much ease has been allowed and how would you know in ready to wear?? Any time I donate clothing, i pin a slip of fabric or paper to it with the size on it... If it is not already marked and easy to find and read..:cool: :cool:
Sew With Love
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