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Articles >>Importance of Specification in Men’s Suit



This measuring system should be used for ordering all custom made clothing from Suit Yourself.

Chest
Establish your chest size by measuring from behind around the fullest part of your chest, then verify this size by trying on a coat of the same make and body fitting that you will be ordering.

Overarm
This measurement is not usually required. Please note that on the normal figure, overarm is approximately 6” to 7” larger than the chest. If required measure from behind around the fullest part over the arms.

Drop
This refers to the difference between your chest and pant waist. (On the “perfect” figure this is usually 6” i.e. 42-36).

Coat Length
A tall coat is 1 S” longer than a regular.
A short coat is 1 S” shorter than a regular.
If a specific length is required, measure from the bottom edge of the felt undercollar, straight down to the bottom of the coat.

Sleeve Length
1. Observe from an off the rack garment if the sleeves need to be shortened or lengthened and if so by how much.
2. Measure the sleeve of an off the rack coat and add or subtract the required amount to arrive at your sleeve length.
(Note: Measure inside seam from armhole to cuff with coat flat on table.)

Vest
Vest Length
A tall vest is 1 S” longer than a regular.
A short vest is 1 S” shorter than a regular.
If a specific length is required (See below.)
Front Length
Measure from the top of the centreback seam, around and straight down to the full length required. (Crossover should cover belt.) (1 S” to 2”)
Back Length
Measure from the top of the centreback seam straight down to the length required so that the trouser waistband will be completely covered. (1 S” to 2”)

Pant Waist Size
Measure over shirt at your natural waist.

Regular, Tall or Short
This determines rise and unfinished leg length.
A tall rise is S” longer than a regular.
A short rise is S” shorter than a regular.

Finished Leg (cuffed or plain)
If required measure inseam as follows:
1. Be sure try on pant is sitting comfortably on your natural waist.
2. Pin point to correct length.
3. Remove pant and measure flat on table on inside leg seam from crotch to length as pinned.

Knee
Measure straight across the trouser leg (flat on table) at knee, then double. The knee is approximately 3” higher than the midpoint of the finished inseam.

Bottom
Measure straight across the trouser leg (flat on table) at the bottom, then double.

Please check the following with an off the rack coat. If any of these apply to you, please indicate with your order.

Slope Shoulders
If your off the rack coat shows a diagonal breaking at the back, front, or both.

Stoop Figure
If you bend forward more than normal. You will notice your off the rack coat kicking out at the back and opening at the front. (The vent may also overlap.)

Erect Figure
If you have a military stance (you hold your head and shoulders back) you will notice your off the rack coat crossing at the front and the back hitting at seat. (On a vented coat the vent may spread.) High Shoulders
If your off the rack coat shows a roll below the collar. Front may also open at bottom. (On a vented coat, the vent may spread.)

This measuring system should be used for ordering all custom made clothing from Suit Yourself.

Chest
Establish your chest size by measuring from behind around the fullest part of your chest, then verify this size by trying on a coat of the same make and body fitting that you will be ordering.

Overarm
This measurement is not usually required. Please note that on the normal figure, overarm is approximately 6” to 7” larger than the chest. If required measure from behind around the fullest part over the arms.

Drop
This refers to the difference between your chest and pant waist. (On the “perfect” figure this is usually 6” i.e. 42-36).

Coat Length
A tall coat is 1 S” longer than a regular.
A short coat is 1 S” shorter than a regular.
If a specific length is required, measure from the bottom edge of the felt undercollar, straight down to the bottom of the coat.

Sleeve Length
1. Observe from an off the rack garment if the sleeves need to be shortened or lengthened and if so by how much.
2. Measure the sleeve of an off the rack coat and add or subtract the required amount to arrive at your sleeve length.
(Note: Measure inside seam from armhole to cuff with coat flat on table.)

Vest
Vest Length
A tall vest is 1 S” longer than a regular.
A short vest is 1 S” shorter than a regular.
If a specific length is required (See below.)
Front Length
Measure from the top of the centreback seam, around and straight down to the full length required. (Crossover should cover belt.) (1 S” to 2”)
Back Length
Measure from the top of the centreback seam straight down to the length required so that the trouser waistband will be completely covered. (1 S” to 2”)

Pant Waist Size
Measure over shirt at your natural waist.

Regular, Tall or Short
This determines rise and unfinished leg length.
A tall rise is S” longer than a regular.
A short rise is S” shorter than a regular.

Finished Leg (cuffed or plain)
If required measure inseam as follows:
1. Be sure try on pant is sitting comfortably on your natural waist.
2. Pin point to correct length.
3. Remove pant and measure flat on table on inside leg seam from crotch to length as pinned.

Knee
Measure straight across the trouser leg (flat on table) at knee, then double. The knee is approximately 3” higher than the midpoint of the finished inseam.

Bottom
Measure straight across the trouser leg (flat on table) at the bottom, then double.

Please check the following with an off the rack coat. If any of these apply to you, please indicate with your order.

Slope Shoulders
If your off the rack coat shows a diagonal breaking at the back, front, or both.
Stoop Figure
If you bend forward more than normal. You will notice your off the rack coat kicking out at the back and opening at the front. (The vent may also overlap.)

Erect Figure
If you have a military stance (you hold your head and shoulders back) you will notice your off the rack coat crossing at the front and the back hitting at seat. (On a vented coat the vent may spread.) High Shoulders
If your off the rack coat shows a roll below the collar. Front may also open at bottom. (On a vented coat, the vent may spread.)


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