I've been reading since around the first of the year.
My main interest here is MTM shirts. Through my whole life—from super scrawny days to the present when I could stand to lose 20 pounds—I have never been able to find OTR shirts that even began to fit. Any shirt that more-or-less fit my torso had a neck that was much too small. Recently I have come to suspect that my Adam's apple is low relative to…whatever else it might be relative to.
I'm trying to move toward having some shirts that I can comfortably wear a tie with without there being room for two of my torsos in them.
After I get the shirt thing figured out I'm going to work on high-waisted trousers. Even as a young boy my body seemed to tell me that what pants should be doing is sitting at my true natural waist—and fashion be damned.
I've spent some time with David Page Coffin's shirtmaking book, and am well along the path to having a draped pattern made with the help of my niece. I think that perhaps where my shirt explorations will eventually lead will be to my perfecting my own pattern and then sending it off for CMT replication.
This shirt fitting exploration has pointed out to me that my allegedly "slight" scoliosis may well be worsening—I am being startled by my asymmetry!
Day to day I tend to wear khakis and OCBDs. That's been my default outfit since I was about 14.
If I could get some shirts that even hinted at fitting I might start dressing up a bit more. So… here I am!
Thanks for making such a helpful community online.