Measure A Garment
How To Measure A Garment.
Measuring garments sounds really easy, but is in fact a learned skill. Give two untrained people a garment to measure and they will likely give you wildly different measurements for that same garment.
Why Measure A Garment.
You may need to measure garments in order to produce a garment spec, a size chart, or a tech pack for a factory. Or you may need measurements in order to sell your products online. Or maybe you want to replicate a particular shape by making your own pattern.
One To One Workshop.
Our four hour 1-1 workshop will teach you how to take garment measurements, and create your own charts with diagrams.
If you are compiling a garment spec or size chart, it is important to understand which points to measure, how to measure accurately, and what terminology to use.
Professionals within the clothing industry may misunderstand if you use the wrong terminology, or the wrong short hand.
Some measurements are generally done on the half. Chest, waist, and hem for instance.
To compile a size chart you need to understand sizing and grading as well as how and what to measure. This is a separate workshop.
If you are measuring the garment in order to provide information for the factory or sample maker to make a pattern, then you would not normally compile the size chart until the sample has been made. Then you would measure the sample against the original spec, and decide on any changes to be made before finishing the size chart.
When making the grading chart, you will not always grade each style according to the points of measure. You will need to look at the individual style. For example, if the shoulder point was in line with the chest, and the armhole was stright, then the normal shoulder grade would not apply.
Points Of Measure.
There are very many different recognised points of measure, depending on the garment in question. Each type of garment needs to have a labelled diagram to illustrate the POM, to accompany the chart.
There is a certain amount of tolerance allowed for all garment measurements. It is necessary to know what these tolerances are. Different points of measure will have different tolerances. That means that all sample or production garments must measure within the tolerance levels.
Garment Measurement Workshop.
If you would like to learn how to measure garments professionally, and apply those measurements to a tech pack or garment spec, then you may be interested in our one-to-one and group garment measurement workshop. Please email for details: