How to Measure a Shirt: Chest Width

How to Measure a Shirt: Chest Width

Spread the shirt out on its back. Be careful to fully spread out any wrinkles or folds that might hide underneath. If the shirt has rear pleats, this will be especially important. Put one end of the measuring tape at the bottom of the armpit of the shirt and measure straight across to the bottom of the other armpit.

Standard Shrinkage Allowance:

Proper Cloth adds 0.5” to the Chest Width dimension to account for shrinkage.

A shirt ordered with a 22.0” Chest Width will measure 22.5” out of the box.

Extra Shrinkage Allowance:

For a shirt with an Extra Shrinkage allowance of 2% (for example), a shirt ordered with a 22.0” Chest Width will measure (22.0 + 0.5”) * (100% + 2%), amounting to 23.0” out of the box.

Tolerance:
While we do our best to sew each garment precisely to its specification every time, hand sewing and different fabric types naturally result in small variations. We consider a tolerance of +0.25” to -0.25” acceptable for the Chest Width dimension.