These guides will help you find the right size in Blackhorse Lane Ateliers garments with high accuracy. Before you get started, did you know that we have high-level fit advice (ex: “Runs true to size.”) on the DESCRIPTION tab of each product?

To get started, you’ll need:
1. Your favourite top or bottom garment, ideally similar to what you’re buying. (Ex: For jeans, grab your favourite jeans.)
2. Tape measure in CM or Inches.
3. Pencil and paper.
4. A 12″ on the turntable (pun intended), and a tasty beverage.

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HOW WE MEASURE BOTTOMS

Key things to note:
1. Our measurements are for unworn, preshrunk (sanforized) jeans or.
2. Your old jeans have likely stretched 1″/2.5CM in the waist and hips over 30 wears. You probably want to deduct this from your jean measurements.
3. If you’re short on time, you can probably get by with just measuring the waist, front rise, and back rise.

 

WAIST

Updated Mar 2018!

Button or zip the fly. Lay the jeans flat. Grab the center-back of the waistband and the bottom of the rise (crotch seam) and lightly tug to ensure it is straight. Smooth the jeans out so they are laying as flat as possible (except the crotch, which is likely sticking up.) Measure across the top of the jean from corner to corner. This is the 1/2 waist. Double for the full waist.

Don’t forget, raw denim will stretch 2.5cm/1″ in the waist over 30 wears, so probably want to deduct 1″ from the measurement.

 

FRONT RISE

Button or zip the fly entirely. Lay the jeans flat, and smooth them out. Start with your tape measure at the seam where the front and back of the jean join in the crotch area. Measure from the start of this seam, to the top of the waistband. This is the front rise measurement.

How We Measure Front Rise

 

BACK RISE

Flip the jeans over so the backside is facing upwards. Don’t worry about getting things flat, but do worry about getting the middle seam straight. Start with your tape measure at the seam where the front and back of the jean join in the crotch area. Measure from the start of this seam, to the top of the waistband. This is the back rise measurement.

How We Measure Back Rise

 

HIP

Button or zip the fly entirely. Lay the jeans flat, and smooth them out.If possible, try and match the vertical seam in the middle of the front and back of the jeans. Start at the top of the waistband, measuring 20cm / 7.75″ downwards. Keep a finger on this point as this will be your starting point for the hips.

Don’t forget, raw denim will stretch 2.5cm/1″ in the hip over 30 wears.

How We Measure Hip Step 1

Next, lay your tape measure across the jean from left edge to right edge, ensuring you cross the point where you left your finger. This is the hip measurement.

How We Measure Hip Step 2

 

THIGH

Button or zip the fly entirely. Lay the jeans flat, and smooth them out. If possible, try and match the vertical seam in the middle of the front and back of the jeans.You’re going to start measuring at the point where the front, back, left and right legs meet. To get things just right, you’ll want to start your tape measure right in the middle of the seam. Then, simply measure from this centre point to the right edge of the jean. This is the thigh measurement.

Don’t forget: Raw denim does not stretch in the thigh area with wear.How We Measure Thigh

 

KNEE

Button or zip the fly entirely. Lay the jeans flat, and smooth them out. You’re going to start measuring at the point where the front, back, left and right legs meet.To get things just right, you’ll want to start your tape measure right in the middle of the seam. Follow down the leg with your tape measure, measuring 40cm /15.75″.  Keep a finger on this point as this will be your starting point for the knee.

How We Measure Knee Step 1

Take the tape measure and lay it sideways across the leg at the point where your finger is. This is the knee measurement.

How We Measure Knee Step 2

 

HEM

Lay the bottom of the jean leg flat, and smooth it out. Simply measure from one edge of the opening to the other. This is the hem measurement.how-we-measure-opening

 

INSEAM

Button or zip the fly entirely. Lay the jeans flat, and smooth them out. You’re going to start measuring at the point where the front, back, left and right legs meet. To get things just right, you’ll want to start your tape measure right in the middle of the seam. Then, simply follow down the leg of the jean, staying as close to the seam as possible. Take it in small steps, measuring about six inch sections at a time so you don’t slip-up. This is the inseam measurement.

How We Measure Inseam

 

HOW WE MEASURE TOPS

Key things to note:
1. Our measurements are for unworn, preshrunk (sanforized) tops.
2. Your old jacket may have stretched a small amount in the chest with wear. You probably don’t need to factor this in to your measurements
3. If you’re short on time, you can probably get by with just measuring the chest and arms.

 

SHOULDER

Ensure your jacket is buttoned top to bottom. Lay it out as flat as possible, front side up. Measure from the seam at the top of the left arm and body panel to the seam at the top of the right arm and body panel.  The collar may vertically raise the tape measure a bit, but we usually just pull the measure taut. This is the shoulder.

 

CHEST

Ensure your jacket is buttoned top to bottom. Lay it out as flat as possible, front side up. Measure from the seam at the bottom of the left arm and body panel to the seam at the bottom of the right arm and body panel. This is the chest.

 

OPENING

Ensure your jacket is buttoned top to bottom. Lay it out as flat as possible, front side up. Measure from the bottom left corner of the garment to the bottom right corner of the garment. This is the opening.

 

BODY LENGTH

Ensure your jacket is buttoned top to bottom. Lay it out as flat as possible, front side up. Measure from the top of the garment directly next to where the collar fold touches the body. Measure straight down to the bottom of the garment. This is the body length.

 

ARM LENGTH

Ensure your jacket is buttoned top to bottom. Lay it out as flat as possible, front side up. Ensure the sleeves are laid naturally and flat. Measure from the seam at the top of the arm and body panel in a straight line to the end of the arm. This is the arm length.