How to Measure Trousers PDF 

VISIT YOUR LOCAL SEAMSTRESS / TAILOR

Most of you take your garments (e.g., suits, jackets, shirts) for modifications at your local alterations shops. Just ask the seamstress / tailor to measure your body by following our measurement instructions. These professionals should be able to do it easily and we recommend tipping them between $10 and $20 for their help.

If you do not have a regular seamstress, visit your local dry cleaners or men's tuxedo shops, they should be able to help you.

Please let your seamstress / tailor know that all measurements are:

  • "Off the Body," which means they should measure the required areas as it is and not add any allowances - we will do that
  • ROUND UP to the nearest quarter inch (or one centimeter)

* - Make sure the tape measure - front and back - is level (parallel) to the ground.


1. Waist – Measure around part of the waistline where you normally wear your trouser’s belt. Pull the measuring tape so it is conforms to the body like a glove - but don't pull it tight.

2. Inseam – Measuring from the lowest part of the crotch area and down to the floor with your shoes off. Make sure the tape is tight along inside of your leg while you’re standing straight.

3. Hip – Measure around the fullest part of your hips. Pull the measuring tape so it conforms to the body - but don't pull it tight.

4. Length – Measure from the top of your trouser’s waistband to the floor with your shoes off. Make sure the tape is tight along the outside of your leg while you’re standing straight.

5. U – Measure from the front top of the trouser’s waistband to the back top of the pant’s waistband. Make sure the measurement is not too tight.

6. Thigh – Measure around the widest part of your thigh

7. Knee – Measure around the widest point of your knee

8. Angle – Measure around the widest point of your angle