Bespoke men’s shirts tailoring is undergoing a surge of popularity in the UK as more men realize there are options beyond designer labels. The Bespoke tailoring gives the opportunity to specify every aspect of how a shirt is cut and allows the wearer to experience the feel and look of a perfectly fitted shirt. The following is a guide on what features you should expect from a quality bespoke made men’s shirt.
Buying Bespoke Men’s Shirts
Obviously, the main benefit of a bespoke shirt is that it fits the wearer perfectly. Signs that a shirt is fitted well are:
* A bespoke men’s shirt should not feel tight or appear baggy across the shoulders, chest, stomach, or seat. The cut of the shirt should follow the contours of the body. Without being too close or restrictive a fit. A fabric allowance of about 6 inches on the chest body measurement. 5 inches on the stomach measurement and 6 inches on the seat measurement should give good results with average body dimensions. Although these allowances are variable depending on the wearer’s build.
* Sleeves of the shirt should be long enough so that the cuffs do not move up the arm when the arms are rais above the head. Similarly. They should not be so long that when the arms are hanging the side of the body. There is a significant excess of fabric on the sleeves near to the cuffs.
* The collar of the shirt should leave enough space to insert your thumb comfortably between the collar and the neck when a button. And should not feel tight or hang loose around the neck.
* The length of the shirt should be long enough so that the tails hang just below the seat when worn. This will ensure that the shirt does not become untucked during use.
* Hi The cuffs of a bespoke men’s shirt should be just too tight to slip over the hand when a button. It should be necessary to undo the cuffs when putting on the shirt.
Aside from the fit of the shirt, there are a number of other important features to keep an eye out for:
* Fabrics – A bespoke men’s shirt should only ever be constructed from pure cotton fabric. Cotton affords the wearer far greater comfort than man-made fibers. And give a classic Jermyn Street look and feel to a shirt. The count of the fabric should be as high as possible. Popular fabric weaves include poplin, twill, fils-a-fils, the heaviest weave.
* Collars – collar should be hand made and can be either fused or unfit. A well-fused collar will give a smooth look with no puckering and should use cotton interfacing materials. The Collars should have removable bones to keep the shape of the wings perfectly straight when inserted.
* Stitching – All stitching throughout the shirt should be single-needle stitching. This technique is more time-consuming than commercial methods but gives strong seams that are significantly more pucker-resistant.
* Pattern matching – When using striped or patterned fabrics, pattern matching should occur wherever possible.
* Sleeve plackets – where the sleeves meet the cuffs, traditional packets are use. Highest quality shirts do not provide placket buttons as these are unnecessary in a well-formed placket.
* Split yoke – To ensure a perfect fit across the shoulders, a split (4 pieces) yoke should be used.
* Buttons – These should be cross-stitch onto the shirt hand to ensure that they do not become loose over time.
* Tails – The tails of the shirt should is round and strengthen a gusset.
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