It is always important to have real-life skills, especially if you are young.

Skills like cooking, painting, drawing, etccan prove extremely valuable and can even turn out to be a career trajectory for many people.

A lot of these skills can be picked up from the internet. There are many sites and videos on the World Wide Web available for people to learn from.

Hundreds of users worldwide are availing the information being providing on these platforms to learn new skill sets. One such skill is sewing.

Learning to stitch might seem complex but is quite easy, especially if you know how to follow simple instructions to the dot. The first step – and perhaps the most crucial one – when making your clothes is the measurements.

You need to make sure that you have the right measurements and are cutting the fabric precisely and accurately—the most complex measurement when sewing is probably the measurement of your arm.

Many people miss or overlook crucial steps and end up with clothes having loose or tight sleeves in the garment that you have made.

If you are confused about the proper method of determining or measuring your arm length – we have made it easy with a simple step-by-step method of doing so.

The method is easy to follow and promises accurate results, as well. If you wish to measure your arm length for either stitching or any other purpose – all you have to do is follow the simple steps given below.  

What ways can I use to calculate my arm length?

To measure your arm’s length, there are two measurements you need. For both of these measurements, you would need a measuring tape.

While you can measure your arm length alone, measuring your arm span would require assistance from another person.

Measuring arm length:

  • Firstly you need to stand with your shoulders and arms relaxed at your sides with your arms bent ever so slightly and your fingers in your pockets. Make sure that your posture is upright as slouching and hunching would result in your measurements becoming inaccurate.
  • Next, you have to place the end of your measuring tape at the center base of your neck for the most on-point measurement.
  • Then you measure your arm length, ideally over the should and down your arm for the most precise measurements. If you decide to measure down the back, you won’t get the full measurement you require.
  • After that, you have to decide until where do you want to measure your arm length. The reason for the measurement is that you can measure it till the wrist bone or higher, depending on where you want the cuff to sit for clothing. For fitness purposes, you would want to measure them down to your stretched out fingertips.

Measuring the span of your arms:

  • First, you need to ask someone to measure your arms’ span as you cannot do it alone.
  • To measure it accurately, you need to stand in an upright position with a hard surface behind you. Being hunched over will result in a fluctuation in your arm span and consequently result in an error in the measurement.
  • Next, you have to stretch your arms out with your palms facing outwards as much as possible. Ensure that your arms are not bent and are as straight and level with each other as possible.
  • Then all you need to do is ask your partner to measure your arm span. The measurement of an arm span is typically done, starting from the tip of the middle finger of one arm to the tip of the middle finger of the other arm.

While taking these measurements, it is important to make sure that the readings you are taking are accurate. For this purpose, having a partner measuring them for you is always ideal.

At the same time, it is important to make sure that your measuring tape is straight and not curled up. Irrespective of measuring your arm, a constant precaution you need to take is to stand upright.


By following the method given above, you can easily measure your arm’s length for whatever purpose you need the measurements for.

If you measure your arm’s length for stitching clothes, make sure that you keep a few inches extra that will serve the purpose of the seams of your clothes and the extra fabric you would need for making the stitches.

If you do not leave a few extra inches and cut your fabric the exact length of your arm, you will be left with a tighter’s shirt around the sleeve.

Follow the steps given above, and you will have an accurate and precise measurement of the arm’s length.

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