Measuring for a Custom Wetsuit
You can dive alone (not recommended) but you can’t measure alone.
You will need someone to take your measurements.
We realize that no diagram is a good substitute for the human body in showing exactly where a measurement is taken. Thus, in addition to the illustration, you can click on links that will show you actual pictures of measurements taken on our son. That should help eliminate any doubt of where the measurement points are. Just click on the title of each measurement to see that measurement taken on a real person.
The person doing the measuring can practice by taking the measurements two or three times (or more). Any discrepancies might indicate an areas in which a review of the measurement points would be beneficial, and advised.
Arm and leg measurements should be taken on the favored side. If one is right-handed, measure on the right side . The person being measured should face ahead, keeping their eyes and head level. Do not look down while measurements 9-15 are being taken as it will create an error in your measurements.
Please note that many of the measurements connect from one point to the next.
You can leave one end of the measuring tape in place and advance to the next measurement.
As an example, measurement 2. wrist goes to forearm for measurement 3. The far end then becomes the point to measure the forearm, measurement 4. From that point you move on to measurement 5. Measurements 12, 13, and 14 use the same starting point and just end at different points.
If there should be a big difference between left and right extremity sizes, perhaps due to illness, injury, or some other reason, please be sure to measure both sides and let us know which side is the larger one.
Place tape around head and measure circumference of head at brow, approximately 1 (2.5 cm) inch above eyebrows
2. Center of the head to the neck
3. Brow to neck
Place one end of tape at brow line and measure to base of neck.
Place tape around base of neck at shoulders.
Place tape around wrist one inch above wrist bone.
Place end of tape at wrist bone with arm extended. Sight largest part of forearm and measure to this point.
Place tape around point determined to be the largest part of forearm.
With arm extended, place tape at largest part of forearm and measure to just above elbow.
(This measurement will be 2 to 3 inches on men and 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches on women and children.)
Place tape around elbow just above elbow bone.
10. Elbow to biceps
With arm extended, place tape just above elbow bone and measure to point where shoulder muscle goes into arm.
(This measurement will be 3 to 4 inches on men and some women and 2 to 3 inches on most women and children.)
Place tape around point determined to be the largest point.
12. Shoulder to bust
Place end of tape at center of shoulder and measure down to the tip of bust.
Note: a bathing suit should be worn when this measurement is taken. Sports bras or bras that uplift may throw off the fit in the bust area, particularly for women who are amply endowed.
Raise both arms and place tape around chest under armpit, then lower arms. Make sure tape is not too tight.
14. Bust (women only)
Raise both arms, place tape around tip of bust, lower arms, and measure.
15. Underarm to center (women only)
With arm at side, place end of tape at tendon between chest and arm and measure to navel. You can feel the tendon at the edge of the armpit, just above the pectoral muscle.
17. Underarm to hip
With arm at side, place end of tape at tendon between chest and arm and measure to hip bone.
18. Underarm to buttocks:
With arm at side, place end of tape at tendon between chest and arm and measure to widest part of the buttocks.
With arm at side, place end of tape at tendon between chest and arm and measure to wrist bone.
Note: for those who have an arm that naturally has am acute angle, lay the tape along the arm and measure along the contours of the arm.
Place tape at center of chest at level of armpits and measure to the buttocks.
21. Base of neck to crotch
Place the measuring tape at the notch in the collar bone. The notch is located just below the Adams Apple at the base of the neck. Measure down to the top of the crotch. We recommend placing a book between the legs at the top of the crotch making sure it is parallel to the floor. This way you can measure down from the notch at the base of the neck to the top edge of the book
22. Shoulder to crotch
Place the measuring tape on the center of the shoulder next to the neck ( a good reference point for this placement of the tape would be to shoulder seam of a “T” Shirt) Measure down across the chest and waist to the crotch or top edge of the book
23. Shoulder to ankle
Place the measuring tape on the center of the shoulder next to the neck ( a good reference point for this placement of the tape would be to shoulder seam of a “T” Shirt) Measure down the front of your body to the inside of the leg at the ankle bone
Place tape around waist at navel and measure (at narrowest part)
25. Hip bone
Place tape around hips at pubic bone (not at hip bone) and measure.
(The hip bone is approximately 3 to 4 inches higher than the pubic bone.)
Place measuring tape around widest part of buttocks
Place end of tape at top of notch and measure to ankle bone.
Place tape around thigh at top of crotch and measure.
29. Thigh to knee
Place end of tape on side of leg at point determined to be thigh (#19) and measure to center of knee cap.
Place tape around knee below knee cap and measure.
31. Knee to calf
Place end of tape outside of leg at center of knee cap and measure to largest part of calf.
Place tape around calf at point determined to be the largest point and measure.
33. Calf to ankle
Place tape at largest point of calf and measure to ankle bone.
Place bottom edge of tape 1 inch above ankle bone and measure.