HOW
TO MEASURE

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR CHILD

The size chart only shows the ‘standard sizes’ for chest, bust and waist, except in instances where we have specified slim fit. Please follow the guidelines and instructions below as well as completing the measurements before checking out. This is so that the correct size of clothing can be despatched to you in the shortest possible time.  

When taking measurements, be sure to use a cloth measuring tape. This will ensure that you are measuring your child’s body accurately. In addition, measure only over bare skin or skin-tight clothes so as to ensure the most accurate measurements.

What should you measure?

Chest or Bust

This measurement is used for tops, dresses, shirts and suit jackets. Have your child stand straight with arms stretched out. Keep the tape parallel to the floor. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of the child’s bust or chest and wrap it around the widest part of the body.

Your tape measure should be snug and not tight.

Waist

Have your child stand with his/her arms out to the sides. Measure over underwear at the smallest part of the waist. Your tape measure should be snug but not tight.

Hips

This measurement is used for bottoms, trousers and dresses. Make your child stand with their legs together and measure round the fullest part of their hips. Be sure that the tape goes over the buttocks as well.

Hollow to hem measurement

Start measuring at the hollow of the neck (at the centre of the collar bone), down to the hem of the dress. The hollow to hem measurement can be thought of as the overall length of the dress.

Inseam

This measurement is used for trousers.

To measure the inseam, measure the distance from the inner uppermost part of the thigh to the ankle.

It is best to measure your inseam with a pair of shoes on so that you can ensure the hem hits at the right point on the child’s shoe.

For girls and women, keep in mind that the accurate inseam measurement depends on whether they are wearing heels or flats.

Another alternative is to take a good fitting pair of trousers and measure the length of the inseam from there.

Collar/Neck measurement

Neck measurement is commonly used for sizing men’s dress shirts.

Wrap the measuring tape around the base of the child’s neck, going around where the Adam’s apple should be. Ensure that the tape is consistently level and that you’re not wrapping the tape too tightly around the neck. This measurement is your true neck measurement.

Sleeve measurement

Sleeve measurement is often used for sizing men’s dress shirts.

Take the measurement tape and start at the shoulder blade where you should feel the bone stick out. Measure all the way down to the wrist and stop a few inches past the wrist. If you are using a piece of shirt it should stop at the cuff. You might want to use a well fitted shirt to get an accurate measurement of the sleeve length.

Figure showing how to measure your childs’ foot