My first made to measure shirt. Photos. Need advice.

Hi, I finally got my very first custom tailored shirt from Propercloth.com. I really love the material, but the shirt looks awkward on me. The collar is a bit too tight, yoke looks wavy, and it might be a bit too small in the shoulders when I button up the collar. On pictures, it looks like it’s a bit loose in the mid-section, but in reality it hugs my stomach pretty close. I can take the shirt off without unbuttoning the cuffs. Is this normal? Since I have no idea what I’m doing, I need advice on what measurements adjustments I should send to Propercloth in order to get a better fitting version 2 of this shirt. Thanks 🙂

I didn’t find the option to attach photos here, so I’ll just link to the same thread I made on artofmanliness: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/my-first-made-to-measure-shirt-photos-need-advice

2 Replies to “My first made to measure shirt. Photos. Need advice.”

  1. Sorry for the late reply – I’ll try to answer your questions that weren’t covered in the thread you linked to.

    Firstly, I have the same problem with collars being too tight on shirts which causes me to feel constricted and evne slightly sick if I wear them for too long, but luckily this is a quite simple fix. Just cut the button off and re-sew it nearer to the edge. This sounds daunting, but sewing buttons is about the easiest thing to do with a needle and thread, and I’m sure a Google search will give you plenty of guides on how to do it. You can usually only move the buton about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch, but if you need more than that then you’re definitely in custom ordering territory anyway.

    Being able to put a barrel-cuffed shirt on with the buttons done up is not unusual, but if they feel at all difficult to get on then it’s safer to just undo them rather than risk tearing the material.

    The pictures you give in the thread make it a bit difficult to judge, but I’d guess that the shirt is slightly too loose, which is exacerbated by the fact that by tucking it into your belt without anything pulling them down (e.g. shirt stays) or just not tucking enough of the fabric in. If it’s the latter case, then ask for the shirt to be made slightly shorter in the body next time.

    Hope this isn’t too late to be of use – post back if you have any more questions.

  2. Other than the uncomfortable fit around the neck, this shirt does not look at all bad. I’ve seen some atrocious made to measure shirts and this one is one of the better ones I’ve ever seen. It is important to remember that a made to measure shirt is very different to a tailor made shirt, and will very rarely be as good a quality due to the lack of human contact between yourself and the person actually making the shirt. Loosen the collar fit, and this shirt looks fine.

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