February 17, 2013 by Ville Raivio
eBay is a wonderful source of tailored clothing for the frugal man. Most sellers have measured their listings, but not all give accurately describe how the measurements were taken. To help my reader in his online ventures, I’ve listed some common ways for measuring a jacket. The post can also be applied to coats with no troubles. The more measurements the seller is willing to give, the easier the task of finding out if the listing fits.
The most important point is the shoulder seam to shoulder seam measurement, as alterations for slimming any coat or jacket are most expensive on this section. All well-tailored jackets have additional fabric hidden inside all seams, but it’s up the bidder to ask for this info. Some jackets have been altered before adding them on eBay and nasty surprises are common. All jackets should be measured laid flat. In addition to these six points, jackets can also be measured for the girth of the sleevehead as well as girth of sleeve on the bicep and wrist. Sometimes I’ve asked for these on eBay, most sellers aren’t too keen on seeing the effort.
First up: shoulder seam to shoulder seam, measured from behind
Then: armpit to armpit, measured from behind
Third: girth on the waist, measured on the upper button on jacket fronts with two buttons, on the middle button on three-button jackets
Fourth point: jacket length, measured from the collar down to hem
Fifth point: length of sleeve, measured from the shoulder seam to sleeve end
Sixth point: length of sleeve, measured from the armpit to end of sleeve