How To Measure Jeans
When manufacturing jeans, everyone would agree the fit is the most important thing. You can have the most beautiful jeans design, if they don’t fit, no one will wear them.
Measuring jeans accurately is not as difficult as it sounds. There are only 9 major measurements, all the rest can be calculated from these 9.
Start with a pair of jeans that has the kind of fit you are looking to make. Have your fit model try them on. If the fit isn’t perfect, you can make adjustments to the numbers accordingly. If you’re unsure, take the jeans and your fit model to a tailor. They can help with the measurements and adjustments to be made. The tailor doesn’t need to alter the pants in any way, we just need the alteration notes. These will be used to replace the actual numbers measured from the pants. When you enter a measurement in our sample request form, please record your altered target measurements, not the actual ones shown on your measurement photos. In the fit special instructions, please indicate each change.
For example, if you are trying to make jeans for tall people. Start with a pair of jeans from any brand that fits the way you want from the hips to the knees. Measure the pants according to these instructions. When you record the inseam (J) measurements, change the number to be what you want. If the inseam of the regular pants is 32 and you want them to be 38 inches, record 38 inches in the form.
To measure, lay the jeans flat on a surface and follow the below diagram for each measurement. The start and ending points are shown below.
Only 1 size jeans needs to be measured. All the other sizes will be calculated at the time of production.
Start with a blank sheet, mark every letter in the diagram above.
As you take each measurement, record it on the sheet.
Take a picture of the tape on the garment as well for verification of your measurements. This will insure the measurements were taken correctly.
The pictures can be uploaded directly to our sample request form. One of our technicians will check them.
A. Waistband height. If this measurement is not provided, we will use a standard measurement of 4cm (1.6 inches). This number should be increased for jeans designed to have large belts and some high waist models
B. Waistband height. If this measurement is not provided, we will use a standard measurement of 4cm (1.6 inches). This number should be increased for jeans designed to have large belts and some high waist models.
C. Hip Full. This is a measurement of the width of the hips. Measure from one edge to the other on the front, a straight line right under the fly. If the fit reference sample you are measuring is too tight or too loose around the hips and back, you may change this number accordingly. It should also be adjusted if you are drastically changing the amount of stretch in the fabric.
D. Thigh. Measure in a straight line, horizontally from the edge of the pants to the bottom of the crotch (9 inches in this example). Same here, if the fit reference jeans are too tight or too loose around the thigh, adjust this number accordingly.
E. Knee. This is an easy one if the fit reference pants are used. Measure the width of the leg edge to edge at the level of the center of the knee. Measuring this too high or too low will result in a large difference, especially in skinny jeans.
F. Leg Opening. Measure the width of 1 leg, edge to edge at the hem (16cm in this example).
G. Front Rise. Measure from the crotch seam to the bottom of the w
H. Back Rise. Measure on the back of the pants, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the waistband.
I. Fly Length. The length of the fly from the bottom of the waistband to the bottom stitch of the fly (in the case of the picture 7 inches).
J. Inseam. With the pants facing down, measure from the seam of the crotch to the bottom of the hem.
Record all of the target measurements for the sample you are having us made in our sample request from. You should receive an invitation to edit your sample request online from our database system Ragic. To start your own sample request, please follow this link: