How To Measure Leg Circumference

Oh sure, measuring the circumference of your leg takes very little time, say under a minute and you’re done! That is very true only on the occasional happenstance of buying boot-cut jeans online, but what if you have to measure your leg circumference for a very special wedding celebration. In addition, what if you also have to measure your husband’s and your kid’s leg circumference for a complete and coordinating wedding ensemble? That’s easy, too!

A little background information is always a big help. Here’s how to measure leg circumference for men, women, and children.

Men

  • Best place.  A well-lit bedroom and in front of a full-length mirror with enough space for him and you to pivot when needed.
  • Material.  A loose measuring tape, pen, and paper. A camera would also be helpful when taking a photo of his thigh encircled with the loose measuring tape and clearly showing up close the measurement in inches.
  • Clothing. He can be dressed in a plain white T-Shirt or an undershirt and in his favorite pair of loose-fitting trousers zipped and belted at the waist.
  • Position. Make him stand, feet slightly apart and his hands firmly planted on his waist. Do not let him hang his arms loosely on his side because it will interfere with the measuring process. Better yet, let him take the pen and paper to write his measurements on as you dictate.
  • Measurement. Take your loose measuring tape and wrap it around the thickest part of his leg (about 4 or 5 inches from his kneecap) and take the circumference. Let it remain reasonably loose, just enough to graze the fabric of his trousers. Dictate the measurement to him in a voice that’s loud enough to hear. You don’t have to repeat the process on the other leg. Just one pass will do.  

Women

  • Best place. A well-lit salon in a dress shop, in front of a full-length mirror with enough space for the wedding designer and dressmaker to pivot when needed. Also ideal when standing on an apple crate but do so only when directed.
  • Material.  A loose measuring tape, pen, and paper. A camera would also be helpful when taking a photo of a woman’s thigh encircled with the loose measuring tape and clearly showing the measurement up close in inches for the reference of the wedding designer and dress-maker.
  • Clothing. Dressed down to underwear preferably without stockings or tights.
  • Position. Make her stand straight, feet slightly apart and hands firmly planted on his waist. Do not let her hang her arms loosely on her side because it will interfere with the measuring process. Better yet, let her take the pen and paper to write her measurements on as you dictate. If she becomes fidgety, make her raise her arms above her head.
  • Measurement. Take your loose measuring tape and wrap it around the thickest part of her leg (about 4 or 5 inches from her kneecap) and take the circumference. Let it remain reasonably loose, leaving a reasonable gap from her skin. Dictate the measurement to her in a voice that’s loud enough to hear. You don’t have to repeat the process on the other leg. Just one pass will do.  

Children

  • Best place. Standing in his playroom or on top of a wide bench. If the child is a toddler, ask an adult to help you keep him upright. If he is old enough then you can take his thigh circumference unassisted.
  • Material.  A loose measuring tape, pen, and paper.
  • Clothing. If the toddler is in diapers, dress him in baby trousers, then take his thigh circumference. Do the same for a young child. Do not take either child’s thigh circumference while dressed in underwear only otherwise the trousers will come out a bit tight.
  • Position. Make the toddler or young child stand straight, feet slightly apart and hands away from his sides.
  • Measurement. Take your loose measuring tape and wrap it around the thickest part of the leg (about 4 or 5 inches from the toddler’s or child’s kneecap) and take the circumference. Let it remain reasonably loose, leaving a gap from his baby trousers. Take down the measurement as soon as you are finished.  You don’t have to repeat the process on the other leg. Just one pass will do.  

Taking the circumference of the thigh becomes easier when you know everything you need to know about.

 

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