For women's jeans, the waist size will be the most important, though the inseam can determine whether you have tall, regular, or a petite pair of jeans. Quick Summary The best way to size jeans is to measure your body. Consider having your pants tailored. Use a soft tape measure to go around your waist.
You can also measure the hip size of your pants by measuring the distance between the left edge of the pants and the right edge at the base of the zipper. Then, double that number. Sewing Pants Pants and Shorts. Use a measuring tape.
Tailors, seamstresses, clothiers, and other garment makers generally use tape measures to get the correct measurements of a person when fitting for clothes or altering items. These portable, flexible tools are your best friend when it comes to measuring your pants. When measuring with a tape measure, pull the tape taut, but don't stretch it. Clothing tape measures are often made of a soft synthetic material that can distort if stretched, resulting in inaccurate measurements.
You can also use a plastic measuring tape that you might find in your toolkit. Use a pair of pants that fit you well. Ideally these pants will not be too worn out or stretched. The legs of the pants should also extend roughly to your ankle bone, or a little lower depending on preference. Not all types of pants will have the same measurements. Grab a few different kinds of pants that fit you well. Dress pants will be slightly different than chinos, or jeans.
Lay your pants flat on the floor. The easiest way to measure pants is to lay the pants on a flat surface. If you try to measure a pair of pants that you are wearing, you may not get the right measurements as you shift your body to see the measurements. If the pants you are measuring are wrinkled, quickly smooth the fabric out with an iron.
Measuring your pants is mostly the same for both men and women. Measure the waist of your pants. Smooth the pants out so there is no bunching. Measure flat across the back waistband from one corner to the other. Double the number to get the actual waist size. If your pants are lying correctly, the front part of the waistband will be resting slightly below the back. Measure your actual waist. You may want to measure your actual waist, but also the waist of your pants to get an accurate size.
To measure your waist, wear underwear or similar clothing that is well fitting. Make your measurement at your natural waist. This is at the thinnest portion of your body, between your ribs and your belly button.
It's not hard to do and once you have your measurements you can shop for the perfect pair of jeans online with ease. Of course, some sites will give you specific directions on how to measure for their jeans, always follow those directions if given. For most people the waist measurement is the most confusing since most jeans are now low rise and therefore don't come anywhere near your natural waist. For most jeans the sizing is still based on your waist measurement, unless stated otherwise.
When in doubt, I use the hip measurement, since at this time it is the most relevant. The first three measurements are the most common, the waist, hips and inseam, but sometimes a thigh measurement is also needed. Measure around the smallest portion of your waist.
Although it's higher than you're going to wear your jeans, this is the figure that determines most waist measurements. So, be careful not to hold the measuring tape lower, or you may end up with loose-waisted jeans. Handy made an appearance too!
However I prefer to measure my hips at the widest flat point which is usually about 1" below zipper base.. Originally Posted by luvapup. This is awesome Nola! I'm definitely going to use this link whenever I need to ask for measurements.
I just saw this. This thread is excellent! I never really understood with dip, without dip measurement until now. Thank you sooo much!!!! You just made my whole life way easier! Thanks for the helpful info, will def vote for it on ebay x. I have a question about waist measurements and fit I've never understood the fit difference between jeans that have the same unaligned waist but different aligned waist measurements.
For example, Pair 1: I just sent this guide to a friend who might buy his first pair of Diesels online So, when someone lists the measurement "seat to hem," what is it that they mean? Originally Posted by hgravez. Thanks, guide is much appreciated! It might prevent further eBay buying mistakes in terms of fitting. Also, shoulders are broader than my hips, so a lil bit if an apple too.
Waist: Measure flat across the back waistband from one side to the other with the natural dip. Double the number to get actual waist size. Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg on the inside seam. Outseam: Measure from the bottom of the leg to the upper edge of the waistband. Measure an existing pair of pants: Pick up a pair of pants that fit you really well and take measurements with a measuring tape. The width of the jeans is measured at the upper corner of the pants waistband. Sep 28, · Measure your waist by wrapping a measuring tape around the area your jeans normally sit, then measure from your crotch to your ankle to find your inseam. If you want to measure your jeans for size, lay your jeans flat and measure the waistline, then multiply that measurement by 63%(16).