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How To Measure For Size in Children’s Clothing

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Finding the right size for your child can save everyone time and money when ordering on line.  The measurements given in a size chart are usually the measurements of the piece of clothing, not the child.  The best way to get accurate measurements is to measure a piece of clothing that fits the child well.   Use a measuring tape, not a ruler! .  If you measure the child (and not a piece of clothing), you will need to add extra inches for the child to fit into the piece of clothing.  For example, a child with a 25 inch chest will not be able to fit into a dress with a 25 inch chest.

Children are often in between sizes.  In this case, it is always best to go with the larger size.  It is much easier to have clothing altered if it is too big rather than too small.  When ordering special occasion wear, it is very common to need to have a dress or suit altered.


Find a piece of clothing that fits your child well.  Lay it flat and always use the seams.

CHEST:  Measure armpit to armpit from the seams.  Double the measurement.
SLEEVE LENGTH:  Measure from the seam on top of the shoulder to the end of the sleeve.
SHOULDER WIDTH:  Measure from seam to seam at the tops of the shoulders.

WAIST:  Measure from end to end and double.  The pants should be flat with the fly facing towards you with the button closed.
INSEAM:  Measure from the seam at the crotch to the end of the pant leg.

DRESS LENGTH: Measure from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of the dress.

When in doubt, it is a good idea to contact the store you are ordering from for clarification

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