Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter X Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

RTW Measurements – Chanel-like Jacket

WandaJ | Posted in Fitting on

Hi Everyone,

I am sure many of you have made clothing using RTW garment measurements. Because I do not (I do not, I do not…) like making a tulle, I decided to measure and record the measurements for a Chanel-like jacket that I made, which fits very well.

I have attached a blank measurement chart that I made for use in making a black boucle jacket that is very similar to my original one, and would like to have you review and comment upon it, particularly, any measurements that I may have omitted that should be listed. 

You will note the omission of any measurements relating to the bust area. That was on purpose as I think the stated measurements will work since the garment has been made once and the bust was not an issue. In this instance width appeared to be more important. If you think I should add some measurements regarding the bust please let me know along with the points of measurement.

Too, feel free to download (you can modify it first; it is in MS Word format) and use this chart if you like.


P. S. This is my first time attaching a document in this forum. I do hope it works out OK.

Edited 11/14/2007 10:50 pm ET by WandaJ


  1. jjgg | | #1

    I'm not really sure here what you are asking, but I will go ahead and make my comment. If you are talking about taking measurements from a RTW (or already constructed garment) and using that to make a new garment, ESP. if it is out of a loose boucle fabric, than you need to make some allowance for ease in the sleeve cap.

    1. WandaJ | | #2

      What I failed to mention is that the measurement chart does not include seam allowances, or ease. The measurement areas listed are only finished measurements for a garment. For instance, on the side and princess seams I would add a 1" seam (that's because I like the larger seams versus the more narrow ones). However, for me the finished measurements that I took does include ease because I like the way the jacket fits, but it does not, or I did not list the seam allowances (i.e., on my personal chart that I completed).

      I was asking if anyone felt that I left something off of the measurement chart, and if so to please add them.

      My apologies for making this sound confusing.

  2. zuwena | | #3

    I suggest one other measurement:

    Back width across shoulders, i.e., from one shoulder point to the other across the back.



    Edited 11/15/2007 1:19 am ET by zuwena

    1. WandaJ | | #4

      Thank you Zuwena, I knew that there are Gatherings Members with more knowledge and experience than I. Also, I had not thought of that measurement. Because my rib cage is thick I've always been more concerned about the measurements from underarm-to-underarm. Yes, that is a good measurement now that I think about it because I too believe my shoulders are wide (heritage!) and somewhat rounded after too many years of carrying a brief case and sitting at the computer, not to mention grocery bags and children :->!!

  3. starzoe | | #5

    You have one measurement: neck to shoulder. This is ok if you always want the same sort of neckline, but if you measure the distance between the centre of the neck to the shoulder point and the length of the shoulder seam you will have a more complete set of measurements.BTW, Threads magazine has a pretty comprehensive form for body measurements, it's still there but you need to dig around a little for it.Also, consider putting the bust measurements on your list (bust, length of darts if any, bust point to bust point, depth from shoulder to bust point, maybe bust point to hem). Not all fabrics require the same ease and that is also one reason to have your own measurements to compare.

    Edited 11/15/2007 12:16 pm ET by starzoe

    1. WandaJ | | #6

      Thanks for the tips. I will print your post and add measurements tonight.

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All