How to Take Fur Clothing Measurements

Fur coats and jackets are different kind of clothing, compared to  regular clothes. They are meant to fit differently, as they are  intended to fit snugly, giving a fashionable look. The appropriate  measurements are essential for a good result.

As you may already know, buying clothes from a picture can be a  great challenge for sellers and buyers. Wrong measurements may lead to  loss of time and money for both parts. Especially for fur clothing, a  luxurious and costly kind of clothing.

However, you must not be afraid. Every fur apparel is  handmade. Every step of manufacturing process is made by experienced  hands. Because of that, fur manufacturers are able to offer a perfect  fit for every body and taste. Some simple measurements are only needed.

These measurements are presented in this guide

Taking the Measurements

There are two options to appropriately take your measurements.        

  • Measure a cloth that you already own and fits you appropriately.
  • Take your own body measurements.

If you choose the first option, do not measure a fur garment that you already  own. Prefer a regular coat, because the measurements that you will take  will be as close to the design pattern as possible. In addition, make  sure that you will measure a loose-fitting coat, because you will be  probably wearing winter clothes underneath your fur apparel. Otherwise,  if you prefer a slim-fitting coat, you can measure a more regular fit  coat. Finally, use a flat surface and the button up the coat.

For every measurement use a measuring tape! The measurements that are needed are the following:      

1. Bust

As you measure your chest size, it is important to measure at the  largest point. This will ensure the fur coats you buy will fit  properly. A fur coat should be fitted but not tight.Taking this  measurement more than once will ensure you get it right so you don’t  have a coat that is too small for you.    

2. Sleeves

The length of the sleeves is also important. To gauge the length  of the sleeves, measure from the neckline all the way to the cuff of the  sleeve. To determine the proper length for you, measure from the base  of the neck to your wrist to ensure you get the right size.    

How can I check the quality of the fur coat?

  • The pelt should be lustrous, supple and well-matched.
  • Feel the fur for a dense, soft under-fur, evident to the touch, under the glossy guard hairs which should be soft, never bristly.
  • The seams should be sewn tightly. The hems should fall straight.
  • Be sure to try on the garment to see if the weight is comfortable for you. You may be surprised at how lightweight many fur coats actually are.
  • A well-made fur will be well-balanced and will fall evenly and comfortably from your shoulders.
  • There should be a give to the leather side of the fur when horizontal tension is applied.

The purchasing of a fur is a long-term investment, so each customer expects his fur coat to be in a good condition for many years, shiny and stylish as on the day of the purchase. However, the quality of the fur depends on many factors, such as the type of the animal, the storage conditions, the factory guarantee, the sewing technology and others.
Generally, there are a number of seasons for each type of fur, which are guaranteed in case you treat your fur coat in the right way.

Fur Seasons
Beaver – 18
Sable – 12
Mink – 10
Racoon – 9
Swakara – 6
Mouton – 6
Red Fox -5
Lynx Cat – 5
Rabbit – 4
Chinchilla – 2

Fur-coats and hats require care, not only during wearing but also during storage. The following advice will help you maintain your fur items, so as not to lose their natural shine, thickness and saturation of colour for a long time.

  • The most important rule on the preservation of a fur-coat – you should wear it as often as possible during the season, and let it “breathe” in frosty winter air. Outdoor only improves fur qualities, whereas the closet makes it suffocate.
  • When you get back home, shake your coat well from snowflakes, and hang it on a wide hanger in some open space.
  • In case you got into the rain in your fur-coat, don’t panic. Just shake off the drops of water and dry it out in the room, without heaters around. After drying, you can fix the fur with a metal brush.
  • Be careful when you sit down in your fur. Spread it every time you sit down to avoid typical crumpled spots. Also, avoid putting your handbag on your arm or shoulder, as fur can easily rub out under the straps.
  • Do not put your perfume straight on the fur surface as it keeps scents for a very long time and the alcohol in perfumes can ruin the hair structure.
  • During summer time, it is advisable to put your fur in special fur-refrigerator storage where the necessary temperature and humidity are maintained. In case you don’t have such an opportunity, store your fur properly at home – in a dark place, covered with a cotton case, with some free space around. Never keep the fur in a plastic case!
  • Use moth-repellent substances, dried orange-peel or tobacco leaves to protect furs from insects.
  • Don’t have your fur coat dry-cleaned very often.
  • You can remove some light stains from the hairs with a wet sponge, gently rubbing it, without making the pelt wet.