Do you know how to take your body measurements?

We’ve been at this handmade clothing game for quite a while now and time and again customers have the same dilemma: they are a different size in every place they shop. Are you a size 8 in one shop and a size 12 in another? It’s a minefield.

This is where the beauty of tailoring comes in. With our ‘Design your own’ service you get to pick from our garment designs, our gallery of fabric and have clothing made to your measurements that fit like a glove.

Love the idea but unconfident about having to take and send us your measurements? No problem! Simply grab a friend and follow the steps in our easy ‘How to take your body measurements’ guide:

Let’s break this down.

What kind of garment are you interested in?

Some of our wonderful customers like us to have all their measurements on file so they can shop across the collection in the knowledge we’ll adjust garments where needed to make sure they get that perfect fit.
If that’s you then follow the whole video and record all the measurements.

If you’re just interested in one garment type use this handy chart to see which measurements we need from you:

Garment Chart - The Emperor's Old Clothes

How to take your body measurements guide in pictures

How to take your bust measurement:

1. Lift your arms and pass the tape measure around your back to meet at the front.

2. You want to make sure the tape measure is level all the way around the body in line with the nipple line.

3. Record the number of centimetres where the tape measure meets – this is your bust measurement.

How to take your waist measurement:

1. Your waist is the narrowest point in your torso. It’s helpful to pull your top to be tight against the body so you can locate the narrowest point. Pass the tape measure around your back to meet at the front level with this narrowest point.

2. Record the number of centimetres where the tape measure meets – this is your waist measurement.

How to take your hips measurement:

1. Your hip measurement is taken at the widest point of the bottom half of your body. It’s helpful to pull your trousers or skirt to be tight against the body so you can locate this widest point.

Pass the tape measure around your back to meet at the front level with this widest point.

2. You want to make sure the tape measure is level all the way around the body.

3. Record the number of centimetres where the tape measure meets – this is your hips measurement.

How to take your skirt length measurement:

1. We start the skirt length measurement from the waist as most of our designs are high-waisted. Locate your waistline which is the narrowest part of your torso: it’s helpful to pull your top to be tight against the body so you can locate the narrowest point.

2. Place the tape measure at your waistline and measure down the leg until you find the point at which you want your skirt to end.

A mini-skirt may finish above the knee whilst a pencil skirt traditionally finishes just below the knee.

Remember it’s up to you how long you want the length of your skirt to be!

We can always take a skirt hem up to make your skirt shorter but it’s far trickier to make a skirt longer so if you’re unsure it’s always safer to measure a little longer than shorter.

How to take your trouser length measurement:

1. We start the trouser length measurement from the waist as most of our designs are high-waisted. Locate your waistline which is the narrowest part of your torso: it’s helpful to pull your top to be tight against the body so you can locate the narrowest point.

2. Place the tape measure at your waistline and measure down the leg until you find the point at which you want your trouser leg to end.

Remember it’s up to you how long you want the length of your trousers to be!

We can always take a trouser hem up to make them shorter but it’s far trickier to make a trouser leg longer so if you’re unsure it’s always safer to measure a little longer than shorter.

How to take your sleeve measurement:

We offer three types of sleeve length.

Short sleeves:

1. Place the end of the tape measure at the edge of your shoulder – just before where it starts to slope down.

2. Measure to where you would like your short sleeve to finish on your arm. Typically this is about one third of the way down the upper part of the arm.

Three quarter length sleeves:

1. Place the end of the tape measure at the edge of your shoulder – just before where it starts to slope down.

2. Measure to where you would like your three quarter length sleeve to finish on your arm. Typically this is about 5cm lower than your elbow.

Full length sleeves:

1. Place the end of the tape measure at the edge of your shoulder – just before where it starts to slope down.

2. Measure to where you would like your full length sleeve to finish on your arm. Typically this is at the top of your hand.

Ready to get measuring but can’t find your tape measure? We’ve got a handy measurement kit with Emperor’s tape measure & measurement card to record them on as you go. Get your kit today.

When you’ve taken your measurements and you’re ready to get designing head to our Design Your Own page to pick your garment style, fabric and fill out the design form.