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How to Measure Correctly for your new PK Costume

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Measuring correctly for your new costume is one of the most important factors in ensuring the finished product has all been worth while. We advise that you have a second opinion when taking sizes.

Having fit numerous dancers over the years, we know when a particular measurement or combination of measurements doesn’t seem right. We will contact you to ask for a re-measure if necessary.

Our costumes and garments are constructed based on measurements YOU provide we are relying on your accuracy, Paul Keith is NOT responsible for incorrect fit if the measurements are not taken correctly! We will NOT refund any portion of the cost of your costume or garment if incorrect measurements are provided to us.
You are probably spending a lot money - we highly recommend having a professional seamstress, fitter, or alterationist take the measurements if necessary. In some cases, we may be able to alter or re-fit a costume or garment that were based on incorrect measurements - note that you will incur additional charges for this service. In other cases, alterations may not be possible, and will require that you purchase a new costume or garment to be constructed from new measurements!
Please use a measuring tape in inches for your measurements.

Do's and Dont's
1. Do measure over clothing the dancer would normally wear under her costume when dancing.
2. Do give actual body measurements only.
3. Do ensure the dancer is standing properly when you are measuring i.e. that she is relaxed, standing straight, not pulling in, looking down, slouching etc. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU USE A PIECE OF ELASTIC OR STRING TO TIE AROUND THE WAIST TO ACCURATELY MEASURE POINTS 3, 6, AND 8.


1. Don't measure over regular clothing.
2. Don't allow or add extra for ease or let downs/ outs. We will allow for this.
Please follow the guidelines below to correctly measure your new costume
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1. Chest / Bust: Measure around the fullest part of the chest / bust.

1a. Chest / Under Bust: If the dancer has bust development, Measure around chest just under bust.

2. Waist: Measure around the waist point, normally 1" inch above belly-button level.
3. Back Neck Bone to Waist: The most difficult one to get right! Measure from the knobbly bone at the base of the neck (i.e. the point at which the zipper would stop) straight down along the spine to the waist. Make sure that the dancer does not bend forward, as this will give a long measurement. To identify the waistline, we strongly recommend you use a piece of elastic or string, which will find this point for you.
4. Shoulder Bone to Shoulder Bone across Back: This is similar to 4a, except the measurement is across the to top most point of the shoulder from shoulder bone to shoulder bone.
4a. Shoulder to Shoulder across Back: Measure across the shoulder blades approximately four inches down from the back neckbone, across to where you estimate the outside armhole seams will be.
5. Shoulder to Finished Cuff Length: Measure from the top edge of the shoulder where the sleeve meets the armhole, down the outer arm to the point on the back of the hand where you would like the sleeve to finish. Around 1/3 of the way down the back of the hand
6. Waist to Finished Skirt Length: Measure from the waist line to a point above the knee where you wish the skirt to finish. On average this point is 3" to 4" above the top of the kneecap, depending on your preference. The skirt should not be so long that it touches the dancer's knee when she points. If you are unsure, err on the short side as hemlines are currently rising. A skirt that is too long is both unattractive to look at and a hinderance to the dancer.
7. Neck/ COLLAR: Measure around the point of the neck where the round neck of a T-shirt collar would lay, This should result in a slightly loose fit measurement & as a guide should be approx the same as your shoulder to shoulder measurement. DO NOT measure half way up the neck itself as this will result in the size being to tight.
8. Front curve: This measurement is normally taken for dancers with a bust/ fuller development. Taken from the side of the side of the neck in line with the shoulder side seam, over the bust development and finishing at the waistline.

9. Collar to Shoulder seam: Measure from the outside edge/ side of the collar to the point where the top of the sleeve would be finished.

*******How to order your new PK Costume*******
Have a look at our Web Site, this will help you get ideas on costume styles, colours, designs and prices. If you see a costume you are interested in please feel free to contact us at or Telephone / Fax us on +44 (0) 1304 367257 we will be happy to help you further.
If you wish to have your own Paul Keith costume created, contact us and book your place in advance. Request an information / order pack which contains all you need to order your new costume, including designs, fabric samples and order / quotation form. Alternatively, make an appointment to come and see us, we can then help you in your selections and complete all paperwork.
Take your time and decide on the options you want in your costume, perhaps your teacher may wish to help give some impute. When you are ready, complete all relevant sections of the form including measurements (get a second opinion on this from a local tailor or someone at class) and return it to us (or call us for an appointment and we will be pleased to do it for you.
We will then give you an estimated cost, and delivery time (usually within 2 to 12 weeks from confirmation of order, depending on the choice of product) and/ or we can set up an appointment. We will require a deposit of half the total amount as confirmation of your order.
We will notify you prior to completion of your new costume, at which stage we require the balance in full prior to despatch or upon collection.
Once you've finalized your selections email us to confirm, and include the following
Your Name, Address, Telephone number, Dancers measurements, age, dancing school, and/ or the chosen design code for your new costume
Via Cashier's cheque, or personal cheque made payable to Paul Keith and posted to:
CT14 0HL
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