Originally Posted by bossman08
Ah, I think I had MyTailor confused with Modern Tailor. I'll have to give Modern Tailor a try. How is the quality of the shirts? Sturdy fabric, good collars?
The quality is greate for what you pay. Obviously it is not quite as nice as more expensive shirts, but for the price its excellent. I only have experience with button down collars from Modern Tailor, and with that particular style, less interlining is more. Select the option for the least amount of fusible. I've been contemplating getting an OCBD and requesting no interlining/fusing, but I have yet to do so (apparently they are good about custom requests).
Originally Posted by pistolero
Another option is to thrift (or ebay) shirts with the length you need and then have them tailored to fit. It's much easier to justify spending $30 on alterations if you've only paid $10 for the shirt..
This is certainly an option, and more power to you if it works, but to me it is not worth my time to crawl through thrift stores looking for a shirt that may never come around (especially for those with long arms... what this thread is about) when there is a sure thing out there. Not sure how it's easier to justify spending money on alterations on a cheap shirt than one with (what should be) better fabric, buttons, and construction but to each his own, I suppose. For what its worth if you are careful with MTM your second shirt should fit very well. The first might fit well, or it might not. Depends on how careful you are with measuring. I spent $35 (total, shipped, etc.) on my first shirt, because I figured I would dial in the measurements before I ordered the more expensive fabrics. My first shirt came out more than wearable.
I think a lot of the people on this thread suggesting to look at sales, thrifts, gilt, etc, etc. don't really understand how hard it is to find shirts with long arms. It's possible to wear a shirt with the chest 2'' to big, and its possible to tailor it down. Its not possible to wear a shirt with sleeves 2'' to short, and its not possible to alter them. The limiting factor for the OP will always be the sleeve length, it just isn't easy to come by shirts with those dimensions.