Measurement Specification Guideline – How to Spec a Garment

Measurement Specification Guideline – How to Measure A Garment


Measurement Specification Sheet is an integral and important part of a tech pack. It gives a structured detail of measurements for different parts of a garment style. You need a detailed Measurement specification sheet to get your sample fit correct. Because, For manufacturer, base measurement is not enough for preparing pattern. In simple words, you can not expect a perfect sample by showing a picture and base measurement. You need complete measurement of the garment. But, clothing brands show some picture of a garment and expect a manufacturer to make sample. This is wrong practice and the looser here is non other than the brand. Spend some money in tech pack and proper measurement spec sheet. My suggestion, hire a tech pack designer and get your technical details in place. Then speak to vendors for apparel production. Below is an example of a measurement guideline and its components.


Garment Measurement Specification


Measurement Specification Components


We all wear shirts. So, I thought if i give this as an example every person reading this article can get something. So lets get started with the key points of measurements needed to get a perfect pattern. One small tips. Those who are new to fashion design, please take a pose here and read first about tech pack design process here. Please take reference from ” Clothing Tech Pack” for a basic understanding on tech pack. So lets get started. In the above image as you can see there are A, B , C D and red line demarcated. Here ware are going to explain what those A, B, C, D are one by one.


Industry Standards for Garment Measurement Specification


There is no such industry standards for garment measurements. Yet, there are standard measurements that people follow based on the body type. In general, people follow different measurement standards in different parts of the world. Common used measurement standards are in USA Europe, UK and India. There are three different measurement standards practiced in USA itself. Regular Measurements and measurement standard for big and tall people. Also, brands in USA also create their own standards for specific categories. Fashion brands make their own measurement standards. They do it with little deviation from the regular measurement standards.


How to Measure – Shirts & Blouses Garment Measurement Specification Guideline


  • 1 Chest – 1″ below armhole measure straight across, edge to edge.
  • 2 Waist – At point specified below HPS (High Point Shoulder) or SNP (Side Neck Point). Measurement is taken straight across, edge to edge.
  • 3 Bottom Hem – Measured straight or curved along the bottom edge, side seam to side seam (as specified on measurement chart).
  • 4 Shoulder Seam – From HPS/SNP measure along the seam or along the natural fold line to the outer shoulder edge.
  • 5 Across Shoulder – Outer shoulder edge to outer shoulder edge
  • 6 Sleeve Overarm – From outer shoulder edge measure along the fold to the edge of cuff.
  • 7 Armhole Straight – Measure straight from outer shoulder edge to bottom of armhole. Armhole Curved – Measure from outer shoulder edge along the curve to bottom of armhole.
  • 8 Bicep – 1″ below armhole, measure straight across edge to edge parallel to the sleeve opening.
  • 9 Cuff/Sleeve Opening – Measure along cuff/sleeve opening, edge to edge.
  • 10 Cuff Depth / Cuff Height – Measure from the seam to edge of cuff.
  • 11 Across Front – From specified point below HPS/SNP, measure straight across, edge to edge of armhole.
  • 12 Across Back – From specified point below HPS/SNP, measure straight across, edge to edge of armhole.
  • 13 Front Neck Drop – From back neck seam to top edge of the front neck.
  • 14 Back Neck Drop – From imaginary line to the top edge of back neck seam.
  • 15 Front Length – Measurement taken from HPS / SNP straight down to hem, staying parallel to the center front.
  • 16 Centre Back Length – From the center back neck, measure straight down to the hem.


Urban Purple – Clothing Designer and Garment Manufacturer


Always take help of garment tech pack designer to prepare garment measurement specification sheet. Because for one small mistake, you may completely risk your apparel production. If you are a new brand and have no experience in apparel design and patterns you should always take help. You may get in touch with us for your apparel design and tech pack design queries through our contact form. Hope this post is of some support to you. Please stay connected for interesting posts on apparel tech pack design and manufacturing.


Garment measurement sheet is not an excel sheet used for reports or check statistics. This has a lot of significance. A garment measurement chart is the most important document to producing your collection. Any deviation on the numbers in the spec sheet may cause a loss of hundreds of dollars. So relay on best pattern designers during development of garment specification sheet. Students and technical designers must spend time researching on how to make a spec sheet. Because this is the most important operation specification in apparel industry. So, copying spec sheet from search engine or any of the website will always harm your business. So if you are serious in your business hire professionals and stop taking short-cut.


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