4J Couture Customer Measurement Guide

Use the following guide to take your measurements. It is advisable to have a friend help you with taking the measurements to improve accuracy.  Once you have taken your measurements, transfer the information on the 4j Couture Customer Measurement Form, and complete that form before submitting. You can use inches or centimeters, but we prefer centimeters.  MAKE SURE YOU LOOK THROUGH THE ENTIRE GUIDE for useful tips!

  1. Shoulder Length ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  2. Full Chest ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  3. Stomach ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  4. Right Sleeve ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  5. Left Sleeve ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  6. Biceps ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  7. Front Jacket Length______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  8. Rear Jacket Length ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).


  1. Waist ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  2. Crotch ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  3. Thighs ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).  .
  4. Knee ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  5. Pant Outseam ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
  6. Pant Inseam ______._____ inches (_______.____ centimeters).
1. Full Shoulder Width

  1. Measure from the end of the right shoulder to the end of the left shoulder.
  2. We define the “End of the Shoulder” as where the horizontal plane of the shoulder intersects the vertical plane of the arm (see illustration).
  3. Double check measurement.
  4. My Full Shoulder Width is ____.____ centimeters (_______.____ inches).
  5. This is the measurement we see taken wrong most often – to check this measurement take your best fitting jacket and measure your shoulders while wearing it – now look at both – your jacket measurement should be the same to ½ inch larger. If it’s not ask yourself is your current jacket too large or too small, and from this you can now more accurately determine your shoulder size. If you need help, please contact us!

2. Full Chest

  1. Measure around the chest and body at its fullest part (typically right under the armpits and shoulder blades, right across the nipples).
  2. Hold the tape against the body tight enough so that it does not slip down, but not so tight that it restricts breathing. It should be “snug”.
  3. Make sure the tape is horizontal and the person’s arms are by their side; then take a normal breath and measure.
  4. Do not puff out your chest
  5. Double check this measurement.
  6. My Full Chest is ____.____ centimeters (_______.____ inches).
  7. This measurement should be at the point your chest is its largest – which should be where we have specified. If you have an extremely large or muscular chest, remember that you will not be flexing in this suit and to take the measurement in a relaxed, normal state.
3. Waist / Stomach

  1. Measure around the fullest part of the waist/stomach or right below your bottom ribs, whichever is greater.
  2. Jacket Waist is ________._______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

If you are a large man, make sure to measure around the widest point here. We may need to call you to collect a few more measurements to ensure we build your clothing correctly.


4. Right Sleeve

  1. Measure from the end of the right shoulder to the “Pinch” of the right hand.
  2. The “Pinch” of the hand is found where the base of the thumb and the base of the index finger intersect (approximately 1 inch above the index finger knuckle).
  3. Double check this measurement.
  4. Right Sleeve is _____._____ centimeters (_______.____ inches).


5. Left Sleeve

  1. Measure from the end of the left shoulder to the “Pinch” of the left hand.
  2. Double check this measurement. Left Sleeve is ______._____ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

Place a safety pin where you determined the shoulder points to be on Measurement 3 above – and remember to measure to the pinch of the hand.

6. Bicep

  1. Measure around the fullest part of the bicep with the arms by your side.
  2. You need only measure one side.
  3. My Bicep is ______._____ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

No need to flex, unless you are a body builder – but we’ll be able to see that from your other measurements and will make sure that you have plenty of room in the arm.


7. Front Jacket Length

  1. Measure straight down the front from the base of the neck (right or left side) to the point level with your thumb knuckle.
  2. My Front Jacket Length is ________._______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

This measurement helps us determine your jacket length, but it is not the only factor we consider. We also look at your height, full back length, the length of jackets you are used to, and the kind of jacket we are creating for you.
19. Trouser Waist

  1. Measure around your waist at the level where you would normally wear your pant’s belt.
  2. With the tape measure snug around your waist, relax, and take the measurement.
  3. Don’t be alarmed if this measurement seems larger than expected; off-the-rack pants are normally labeled as being smaller than what they really are.
  4. Trouser Waist is ________._______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

It’s so true – your 36 inch waist jeans are more like 39 inches! I wish I knew why they do this!


22. Crotch

  1. Measure from the front top of the pant’s waistband to the back top of the pant’s waistband.
  2. Make sure not to take this measurement too tight.
  3. Crotch Measurement is ______._______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

The key here is to wear a comfortable pair of slacks – no jeans!
23. Thigh

  1. Measure around your thigh at its widest point.
  2. You need measure only one side.
  3. My Thigh is ______._______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

We are looking for the largest section of your thigh here – this may be higher or lower than pictured.


24. Knee

  1. Measure around your knee at its widest point.
  2. You need only measure one side.
  3. My Knee is ______._______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).
20. Trouser’s Outseam

  1. Measure from the top of your pant’s waistband to the floor along the outside of your leg.
  2. Make sure the tape is tight, that you are standing straight, and then measure. No shoes please!
  3. Double check this measurement.
  4. Trouser’s Outseam is ______._____ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

We build your trouser/pant to this exact measurement. Please let us know if you are interested in higher fitting trousers such as those made for braces/suspenders, or you like to have a shorter or longer leg fit.


21. Trouser’s Inseam

  1. Measure from the lowest part of your crotch area to the floor.
  2. Make sure the tape is tight along the inside of your leg, that you are standing straight, and then measure. No shoes please!
  3. Trouser’s Inseam is ______.______ centimeters (_______.____ inches).

How high should you measure? Only as high as you are comfortable with – don’t worry, this measurement is only a small part of three measurements we use to determine the final length of your trouser/pant.