Measuring Guide

Custom Dress Shirts - The Custom Shop Way

A century of experience making men’s premium custom dress shirts has taught us the importance of taking precise measurements. Our goal is to make every custom dress shirt a perfect fit, regardless of your physique or fit preferences. Over the years we have continually refined our measuring system to help us achieve that perfect fit. The instructions that follow provide a step-by-step approach to capturing the measurements we need to design and build the unique paper pattern we use to cut and sew your handmade custom dress shirt. Your Custom Shop bespoke shirt is a unique work of art that presents you as a man of substance, style and taste. If you feel uncomfortable with these instructions please download and print this sheet and visit your local tailor.

Neck Measurement

Place tape around neck at the point where your client wears his collar. Leave one finger under tape as shown. This will automatically give the correct collar size.

Chest Measurement

The chest measure is taken well up under the arms, making sure tape runs over the shoulder blades. This measureshould be taken without drawing tape too snugly.

Yoke Measurement

The yoke measurement is taken directly across the top of the shoulder as illustrated. It is taken from one shoulder bone to the other at the highest outside points.

Sleeve Measurement

Place end of tape at the exact center of the yoke below the collar, passing it over the highest point of the shoulder.The sleeve length is to the bottom edge of the cuff.

Hip Measurement

Place the tape below the belt running across the hips and rear, taking an easy measure.

Waist Measurement

Place tape around the waist, well above the waistband at the widest girth, taking an easy measure.

Tail Measurement

The custom dress shirt length is taken from the base of the collar to the length your client likes his shirts. Give the length desiredfor tucked-in and outer sport shirts. The tuxedo pleat length is taken from the front shoulder seam near the neck tothe length your client likes his pleat. If a vest or cummerbund is worn, a point approximately one inch inside of theseis correct. If no vest or cummerbund is worn, a point about one inch above the pants is correct.


Posture & Slope

For the purposes of avoiding inaccuracies in measurements, use the figures shown above. In figures 1-5, a man’s general posture is indicated. In figures A-C, the slope is indicated. This will assist the designer should there be any questions regarding your measurements.