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Thighs happen.  I’ve personally always found that a bit disappointing, especially when I try to find pants that fit.  If you’re making a bifurcated nether-garment of any sort, and you want it to fit over your thighs, it’s helpful to have a proper measurement.  This measurement is also used in many men’s short-pants throughout history (canions, slops, etc).

Thigh measurement
The thigh is measured about midway along the femur bone.

The Thigh measurement is taken around the thigh, about midway along the femur (thigh bone).  Stand in a normal posture, with your weight evenly distributed on both feet.  It’s best to have someone else take this measurement for you.  If you are particularly athletic in the thigh, take the measurement with the muscles relaxed and again with the muscles tensed: record the larger of the two.  If one of your thighs is particularly larger than the other due to sports or a physical issue, measure the larger.


  1. francine
    francine June 16, 2010

    Good Morning,
    My question is this;when I measure the thigh of my favorite shorts how do I know how much fat to loose in the thigh in order to fit into the shorts again? I am loosing weight so that I can fit into my favorite shorts again.
    Thank you for your time,

  2. missa
    missa June 16, 2010

    That depends a lot on how your shorts are cut and meant to fit. Different patterns, and different materials, require different amounts of “ease” – the amount of empty space between your skin and the garment when it’s worn, basically. Stretch fabrics often use a negative ease, so that they stretch over your body and cling when worn. If your shorts are a plain denim or a plain-weave cloth, I’d guess you want about 10% ease for movement. In other words, the leg of the short should be the measure of of your thigh multiplied by 1.1 .

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