How to Properly Size a Costume
Once you’ve found the perfect costume, you have to make sure that you’ve got the perfect fit. In this post, we’ll be walking through some Halloween costume sizing and measuring tips for kids as well as adults. Not every measurement is necessary for every costume, but it’s a good idea to have them just in case.
For all of these measurements, you’re going to need a flexible measuring tape. If you don’t have one, you can just as easily use a string to measure – then, measure the length of the string by holding it taut against a ruler or yardstick.
Some rules of thumb to keep in mind:
- Always order a size up if you happen to fall in between sizes, for the most comfortable fit.
- Wear form fitting clothing while being measured, to get the truest measurements.
- Avoid measuring your own body if possible – having another person help you will yield the most accurate numbers.
- On BuyCostumes.com, we use standard sizing charts with all of our costumes (see below). Once you know the wearer’s measurements in inches, the corresponding costume size will fit.
How to take costume measurements for kids:
Chest: Have the child raise his or her arms, so they are parallel to the ground. Take the measurement around the widest parts of the child’s back and chest.
Waist: With the child’s arms placed naturally on his or her hips, the waist measurement should be taken just a few inches above where the hands lie.
Hips: Dropping the measuring tape down from the waist position, take the measurement around the hip bones, where the child’s hands were previously.
Inseam: The top of the inseam is the point at which the fabric of the pants legs meet. From this point, draw the tape measure all the way down to the ankle bone, in a straight line. This is the most important measurement for one-piece costumes such as jumpsuits.
How to take costume measurements for adults:
Chest: For men, in order to get the most accurate chest measurement, ensure that the tape measure encircles the broadest expansion of the chest and back. Similarly, women should be measured around the fullest part of the bust.
Waist: To easily find the true waistline on an adult, measure the point at which the torso naturally bends side-to-side. On average, this will be near or just above the belly button on most individuals.
Hips: Take the measurement around the hip bones, approximately where the thumbs lie when hands are placed on hips.
Torso 1: Feel the nape of neck for a slight protrusion of the spine – this bump is more noticeable when the head is tilted forwards. From this point, draw the tape measure down to the natural waistline to take the measurement.
Torso 2: Take the second torso measurement from the same place on the neck, to the hipline.
Torso 3: Take the final torso measurement from the same place on the neck, to the top of the inseam.
Inseam: Draw the tape measure from the point at which the pants legs meet, along the inside of the leg and to the top of the ankle bone.
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