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Everyone is different but off-the-peg clothing is designed to fit as many people as possible with as few sizes as possible. This has led to the creation of marketing phrases such as slim fit, extra-long arms to entice people to pay more in the hope of getting a better fitting garment. Also the need for higher margins always means the mass retailers are looking to use the lowest cost fabric that has an initial impression of quality rather than good quality 2 ply fabrics. The need to make products that will appeal to everyone also results in a limited number of cuts being offered resulting in generic styling.
However if you are not satisfied with the shirts being offered by mass-retailers then the option of mass-customisation using online shirt tailors is for you. Here you can design your shirt with your creativity and ideas and choose the quality and style of fabric that best suits you.
The on-line tailors offering a made to measure shirt service only use top quality shirting and they allow you to choose the weave and weight as well as the pattern. The weight shirting is signified by a count number which is determined by the length of thread for a set weight. The finer the thread, the higher the number. Very high quality cotton shirting is light and silky but requires a higher level of care.
The process of designing your shirt online is very simple with easy to follow steps that allow you to create a design in around 5 minutes. To start the process of designing first you select the fabric in your price range and with a pattern and weave that suits your needs. The weave is important for the occasion such as Poplin which can be used for more formal occasions, Twill and herringbone add a little texture and interest to a formal shirt, Pique for a special occasion while Oxford weave for a more casual look. Once you’ve selected the type of fabric you can then decide on the colors and designs along with the buttons & thread that best matches your shirt designing. For a formal shirt button holes of a similar colour should be used but for a shirt with a little more personality then contrasting button-holes can be used. The next stages are choosing the style of the collar and cuffs from a range of standard options. If you want a shirt with a little more room for movement then pleats can be added in the back and a split yoke is a popular feature. The front of a shirt usually has a placket making it look more symmetrical although modern European styling the placket is not used, this is often known as a French placket. Choosing the location for a monogram is also an option that can be considered.
Once you have come up with all the specifications required to make your made to measure shirt finally you need to give them your body measures for the shirt fitting. You can either choose a loose or normal fit and but also a slim tailored fit is available in you want a body hugging shirt. Skilled craftsman then use these measurements to individually cut the fabric for your tailored shirt and sew them together. When your shirt(s) are ready they will be sent by registered post.