Category Archives: Show Jacket

Measuring for Show Clothes

Ready for 2012 show outfit shopping? Before you leave home or get started searching for deals online, you should have a friend, family member, or tailor take all the necessary measurements for show clothes.

Above is an illustration of where the measuring tape needs to go to properly measure for show clothes, including chaps. Write down the measurement in the list below and have it handy when looking at clothes online, in catalogs, or even while you browse at the shop.

Tips: Be sure to measure wearing any underwear, shape-wear and clothes that will be worn under the garment. This includes pants under chaps, and jackets; hunt shirts under hunt jackets etc

Show Clothes Measurements (printable .pdf)

Shirt & Jacket Measurements:

_______1. Neck circumference

_______2. Neck to point of shoulder

_______3. Back shoulder width (measured horizontally form the end of the shoulder bone across to the other end).

_  _____4. Top of shoulder at neckline to point of bust

_______5. BUST (around the largest part).

_______6. Natural WAISTLINE

_______7. HIPS (around the widest part).

_______8. Front length (neck to waist)

_______9. Fullest part of upper arm just below armhole

_______10. Measure circumference of forearm

_______11. Sleeve Length (from point of shoulder to knuckles).

Pants & Chaps Measurements:

________1. Natural Waistline

________2. Widest Part of the Hips

________3. Widest Part of the Thigh (all the way around)

________4. Mid Thigh (all the way around

________5. Knee (all the way around

________6. Calf (all the way around)

________7. Ankle (all the way around)

________8. Inseam

________9. Out seam

________10. Crotch Depth (While sitting, from waist to chair seat)

________11. Crotch Length (from waist in front, through legs to waist in back. Divide front from back at midpoint, may not be even)

________13. Finished Jacket length (taken down center of back to where you want the hem to be)

2012 Hobby Horse Standouts

The 2012 Hobby Horse catalog arrived a few days ago. There are some really nice new options and a few I just don’t get. There are three new pieces that really standout to me. The “Gemma” blouse comes in three colors and is a simple yet showy option with its metallic accents and bright colors, but classic fit. The “Riverside” tunic adds a lot of dimension. Show clothes have been trending towards a lot of texture and depth; “Riverside” offers both without being overdone. It comes in four different colors/patterns, although my favorites are the “turqua” and olive. My favorite new addition to the Hobby Horse line is the “Dixie” blouse. It’s a simple white or black, button down, show shirt. I am thrilled to see simplicity finding its way back into the ring. A  well-fitted, button down shirt will always look classy in the show pen.

With fuel prices on the rise and everything else costing more, simple show outfits are going to become  more prominent at local, state, and regional shows. I think it will be nice to see.