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MeAsuring guides

As I tend only to make bespoke handmade leather items I do need some measurements from you. The handy guides below will give you some ideas as to where to measure, and what that measurement means to me


Measuring for a Traditional dog collar

Where to measure, how much slack, and what you will you get when you place your order.



Measuring for a half check, martingale, or slip collar

Slightly different as the size needs to be bigger.           

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Measuring for a bespoke leather belt 

Not that bad but please don't use your trouser size.

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Measuring for the perfect watch strap

Now the fun starts. Bespoke or choose from a variety of standard sizes



Horse Bridle fitting tips                        

Is your horse's bridle fitting correctly?                      

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Measuring for a bridle                          

For a handmade, bespoke horse bridle I will need a lot of measurements.

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Measuring for a traditional dog collar

What you will need;

  • A fabric measuring tape

  • Your Dog!

Take your tape and measure around your dog's neck where you want the collar to sit. As a guide you should be able to place two fingers under the collar which will allow sufficient slack. Smaller dogs may need less, a big dog may need more.

This measurement will then be the length of the collar from the buckle return to the middle hole. 

Another way is to measure the size from your dog's existing collar. Take the collar and lay it on a flat surface. You then need to take a measurement from the buckle return to the hole that you are using. I will then make this the measurement to the middle hole.

What if my dog is still growing?

If your dog is really young I would recommend buying a cheap adjustable collar in the first instance. If they are older but not yet fully grown then let me know when you place your order and I can make the measurement to the first hole. This gives you four more holes to grow in to.

Measuring for a Martingale or Slip dog collar

What you will need;

  • A fabric measuring tape

  • Your Dog - again!

Take your tape and measure around your dog's head at its widest part, usually around where their ears are. This will be the biggest size that these types of collars can be. You will want to leave a bit of slack. So place your fingers in there as well. two fingers side-by-side is good for mid-sized dogs. Again smaller dogs may need less and bigger dogs may need more.

If you are going for a padded option then you will also need to allow a bit extra for the thickness of the padding on the inside of the dog collar.

This length will be the largest size that a fixed length dog collar will open up to. For a slip collar this will be the length from ring-to-ring. For a Martingale half check collar this will be with the chain opened up to its widest.

Measuring for the perfect fit leather belt

What you will need;

  • A fabric measuring tape

  • Your waist!

  • A belt that fits

There are a couple of ways that you can measure for your bespoke leather belt. Either from an existing belt or by measuring around your waist. Remember that your trouser size is not your waist size. If you give me your trouser size your belt will be too small.

From a belt measure from the inside of the buckle, about half way between where the belt attaches and the outside of the buckle, to the hole that you are using. That was easy wasn't it.

From your waist measure around your waist, over your trousers, and at the tightness that you require.

This measurement will be the length from the buckle to the middle hole on your bespoke leather belt. 

Holes are usually spaced the width of the belt apart. Except when the belt is greater than 1 1/2 inches wide - that just looks wrong. Two holes either side of your measurement give you some room for adjustment.

Measuring for the best fitted watch strap

What you will need;

  • A fabric measuring tape

  • Your wrist!

  • Your watch

The first thing that you need to measure is the width of watch strap that you require. Measure between the lugs across the width of the strap.

The next measurement will be the length.

From an existing watch strap. Lay your watch and strap flat on a table. You then want to measure from the end of the strap where it meets the buckle across to the hole that you are using. 

If you are measuring from your wrist this gets really complicated! Take the fabric tape and measure around your wrist where your watch would normally sit. And there you have it. i told you that it was complicated! If you have a size of 50 inches or more then try turning the tape around and measure from the other end. This is your wrist size.

Actually that is not quite right. Try grabbing hold of your wrist with your other hand. Now make a fist, feel that? Now stretch your fingers out and really splay them apart. Feel your wrist getting bigger? This is your proper wrist size. You can try flexing your wrist backwards as well.

So now you have your wrist size. But hang on. Take a look at your watch on your wrist. Notice how it doesn't actually sit flat against your wrist? you need to allow for this so go ahead and add another 10mm to your wrist size.

You could double check this by measuring both and really confuse yourself!

The next thing that you need to measure is the actual size of your watch. Measure between the lugs across the watch face from pin-to-pin.

To get your size you have a couple of options. You can use your wrist measurement as above and go for a generic strap by selecting a head size of 40mm and picking a best fit from my standard sizes. Or why not go bespoke and leave a note in the comments with your measurements. 

Don't forget that your wrist changes size during the day and that in leather work a few millimetres difference in punching holes can make a big difference to a watch strap. Likewise the thickness of the leather can also play a part but we can only try!

Horse Bridle fitting tips

Is your Bridle fitted correctly?

Below are the traditional horse bridle fitting tips

Whether you have a standard size or a made-to-measure bridle there are a few points you should be able to see. Most people have their saddles checked on a regular basis, but the importance of a well fitting bridle is often overlooked. Properly fitted it can lead to a better mannered horse, poorly fitted it can lead to problems and possible injury. 


A browband keeps a bridle from slipping too far back down the horse's neck. Browbands that are properly fitted to a bridle allow the headpiece to sit comfortably behind the horse's ears. You should be able to place two fingers easily underneath it. If it is too small it will pull the headpiece forwards and put pressure to the back of the horse's ears, too loose and it will leave a gap, bounce up and down on the horse’s forehead, or worse still cover the horse's eyes. 


The cheekpieces are adjusted to keep the bit at the correct height. When adjusted correctly there should just be a wrinkle or two at the corner of the horse's mouth from the bit. Ideally the buckles should be in a line level with the horse's eye and on the middle hole of the headpiece. 


The throatlatch has a single function: to prevent the bridle coming over the horse's head. When buckled up you should be able to put four fingers sideways under the throatlatch. If it is too loose it will not serve its purpose and the bridle may come off in the event of a fall. Too tight and it may effect the horse's throat when its head is in a proper outline. 


A cavesson noseband should sit around two fingers width below the cheek bones. When buckled up you should be able to place two fingers easily under the noseband. Too tight and it may impede the horse's nasal passages and restrict breathing, or push the inside of the mouth against the horse's teeth causing injury.

Horse Bridle Measuring

Now this is a lot more complicated than measuring a belt!

You can take your measurements from an existing bridle, measure directly from your horse, or a combination of the two.

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