This guide is to explain how we measure true vintage items. If you are looking for sizing of reproduction vintage style clothing refer to the "Measurements" section on the product you are looking at.
Our shape and proportions have changed slightly across the decades therefore the size labels in our original vintage garments (if present) may differ from the sizes Revival state they are. This is because we measure each garment carefully and size it as accurately as we can to a modern size guide.
We recommend taking a similar garment from your current wardrobe that fits you well and using the methods we have set out below to measure it and then compare it to the item that has caught your eye on our website.
The bust measurement is the circumference taken from around the fullest bust line. We usually measure the front armhole to armhole and then double it, allowing enough ease for the bust cups where necessary.
The waist measurement is taken from the narrowest part of the waist where as our hip measurement is from the fullest part.
Entire length is from back neck to the dress hemline.
The waist measurement is taken by measuring across the waistband and doubling it. If the skirt has a high waist or is very fitted we may add a hip measurement taken from the widest part of the hip.
Skirt length is measured from the waistband to hem.
The bust/chest is measured by taking the width of the garment and doubling it. For example if a shirt measured 22inch across it would be a 44inch chest.
If the item has a sleeve it would be measured shoulder to cuff or sleeve hem.
Garment length would be from the back neck or shoulder to the hem.
The waist is measured by taking the width of the waistband and doubling it, so if the waistband width was 14inch they would have a 28inch waist.
The length measurement is taken using the inside leg.
If you are measuring yourself you will need to allow a bit of ‘ease’ for comfort when comparing to a garment measurement.
Take a fabric measure tape. Place around your head so that its just above the ears and positioned mid-forehead.
Make a note of your measurement in centimetres or inches. Find which size you should get by looking at the measurements in the description of the hat you'd like.