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# How To Measure Sleeves

By: Eva Paredes

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Here's a no-fail technique if you're unsure how to measure sleeves. Measuring sleeves can be complicated due to the uncertainty of the proper length. We are always asking ourselves, "are they too long or too short?"   The mystery will be solved once you know the mechanics behind how sleeves work with our bodies and how to measure sleeves. Here are some things you will need.

• Dress shirt
• Tape measure
• Chalk
• Pen and note pad
• Assistant( someone to help you measure)
1. Measure sleeves of your dress shit from the top of the shoulder to the end of the sleeve using a tape measure. Write this measurement down on the pad of paper. This is your original measurement and starting point
2. Put on your dress shirt. Make sure that it is buttoned up to the collar and that the sleeves are fastened and straight.
3. To measure sleeves correctly, stand up straight and hold your right arm out straight in from of you.
4. With your arm straight out in front of you, bend your arm from your elbow to the left. This will form a right angle.
5. Look to see where the end of your shirt sleeve ends on your wrist.
6. Find your wrist bone. With your arm in this position, a properly fitting shirt sleeve will just  cover the wrist bone.
7. If the sleeve does not cover your wrist bone have your assistant measure how much additional sleeve length you will need.  Add this measurement to the original measurement. The sum is your correct sleeve length.
8. Should your sleeve go past your wrist bone by more than on quarter inch have your assistant make a chalk mark where the correct sleeve length should be. Take the tape measure and measure the excess length that was marked with chalk to measure sleeves.  Subtract this measurement from the original measurement that is on your note pad. The  original measurement minus the excess sleeve length is sleeve length that will fit you correctly.

When you learn to measure sleeves using this technique, you are assured that the sleeve will not crawl up to your forearm when you reach out with your arm. How many of us have experienced this little phenomenon when we are in the car driving?

Posted on: May. 09, 2010