Measuring Instructions

For SUITS, FORMALS or DAY COATS/JODS please obtain all of  the following measurements.

For ACADEMY, we will only need:

Nape to Waist for back length of vest
Inseam crotch to floor

BUST: Around the largest part of the chest. Do NOT use your bra size. The number should be a tad larger than your bra size, as the bra size number is your chest size under the bust.

WAIST: Around the waist at the belly button. Jod will run higher waisted than jeans or slacks.  For children also include size of street pants.

SHOULDER: Draw an imaginary line from armpit up to top of shoulder, start there, go to nape of neck (big bone at bottom of neck) and over to imaginary line above other armpit. Or on current fitting suit, from shoulder/sleeve seam, up to bottom edge of collar at middle back seam and down to other shoulder/sleeve seam.

SLEEVE: From edge of shoulder bone at arm  down to where thumb meets hand.

NECK: For a neat appearance in the ring, measure your neck circumfrance.  The collar of the shirt should fit snug, yet comfortable with no gapping.

NAPE TO WAIST for suits and coats: Measure from  nape of neck to  natural waist.

This measurement is important for placement of darts on back of coat so coat skirts will flow out nicely.

In alterations darts can be lowered, but not raised (unless they were lowered at some point and I usually note this in the listings).

For academy, this measurement is to make sure back length of vest is long enough to cover entire waistband of jods so this measurement will be a few inches longer than nape to natural waist, depending on where the jods sit on you/your child.

COAT LENGTH: From nape of neck down to bend in knee.

INSEAM: From crotch to floor in bare feet. You will then want to add at LEAST THREE inches to that number to get the length of the inseam on the pants. This is so the jods will still be long enough when sitting on the horse to cover the boots.  (Please let me know if you have already added the extra three inches when giving me rider's measurements).

SEAT: Around largest part of rear.

THIGH: Around upper thigh.

CALF: Around largest part of calf.


As a rule, you want your SHIRT's (NOT vest or coat) bust and waist to be about 3" LARGER than your actual measurements for comfort!

You do want your collar to be snug for the best look.

Sleeve length is important for academy riders, sleeves should still be long enough after rider bends arm in riding position.


BUST:  measure largest area around chest.

WAIST: around waist at belly button.

BACK LENGTH:  The length of the back of the vest is most important, especially in academy. By rule, if your back is long enough, the front will automatically be.

To measure person: Nape of neck down to bottom (not top) of waist band of the pants they will be showing in.


To measure your head, use a cloth tape measure or string that you can then measure on yardstick and measure the widest part of your head where your hat will sit. You can then Google for hat size charts on line or send me the inches measurement.