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How to Measure a Sweatshirt?

The ultimate guide on how to measure your sweatshirt or hoody. Before we start with the measuring, lay down the garment on a flat hard surface and smooth out any wrinkles.
Written by
Alize Mendez
Published on
June 25, 2024

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First Things First

Before we start with the measuring, lay down the garment on a flat hard surface and smooth out any wrinkles.

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Steps to Measure a Sweatshirt

  1. Neck to Shoulder: Measure from middle of the neck to end of shoulder (where sleeve starts).
  2. Sleeve length: Measure from the shoulder to the wrist.
  3. Shoulder to Shoulder:Measure this length from one shoulder to another.
  4. Chest: Measure around the fullest part, place the tape close under the arms and make sure the tape is flat across the back.
  5. Front Length: Measure from the highest point of the shoulder to the desired hemline.
  6. Hem: Measure from one side to another, but it is vital to take this measurement from above the elastic area (If sweatshirt have any).
  7. Sleeve cuff: At the widest point of the wrist, measure its circumference. Leave enough room for watches or jewelry worn often. Take this measurement from above the elastic area same as Hem length measurement.
  8. Done!

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Tips for Taking Measurements:

  • Take all measurements lying flat. Lay the sweatshirt out on a flat surface. The front should be facing up. Hanging clothes can stretch as you measure and if you have them on a model of a different size this can skew your measurement.
  • Use a flexible tape measure at least 36″ long. Don’t try to take clothes measurements with standard 12″ ruler you’ll end up with an inaccurate measurement. If you have no tape measurement handy and this is somewhat of an emergency, you can always download a printable measuring tape online.
  • Measure twice! If you don’t get the same measurement both times try again.
  • Record measurement to the nearest 1/4 inch. Anything more specific is irrelevant but remember lying flat measurements are generally doubled (e.g. lying flat waist of 12.5″ can be understood as a 25″ waist) so a 1/4 inch could make a difference.
  • Take measurements when you’re taking photos. Trying to measure as your listing at your desk ends up taking a lot more time and energy moving back and forth between tasks.
  • Some sweatshirts are sold by chest size only. These tend to be roomy, unisex styles that may swamp a petite woman.
  • Not all manufacturers make their clothes to the same specifications. Always check the size chart before you buy online.

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