Originally Posted by DWFII
I think the collars are as important, or more so, than the shirt. My wife makes all my tunics from a pattern that a custom shirtmaker developed for my unusual posture (a result of forty years of making shoes)
I have ordered collars from both Darcy and Bromley's. Contemporary collars such as Bromley offers are fine. Better than fine. If, however, you want that classic fin de seicle look of high society, none of the wing collars except the high stiff collar offered by Darcy are right. Shaping a wing collar such that it actually has a pronounced wing only makes it look "off"...like a "costume"...and a shallow wing collar is even worse.
Agreed. I already have both collars and shirts from Darcy's. Their collars are excellent (and some are actually original NOS not reproduction), but I have found that the shirts are very much for theatrical use only and they don't tend to make them small enough for me anyway.
My wife is a actually a pretty good seamstress and makes quite a lot of stuff for herself and our son, but she's nowhere near as practiced in the art of shirtmaking as yours. And I don't think she'd want to make my shirts - she gets fed up enough with my clothes as it is!
Strangely, size also seems to be a problem in Harvie and Hudson's, Bromley's, Stanley Ley's (particular shame here because they have a good range of colours and patterns) and New and Lingwood's collarless shirts, at least in their RTW versions available on their websites. I have a 14.5" neck at maximum, and they start at 15" (or 15.5" in the case of the first one...). They are also not particularly slim fitting, which is what I want (I have a 36" chest and a 31" waist and am generally pretty trim).
So I think the best solution for me so far has come from St Vincent and Master-Classter - I think I will check out Trend and my other local(ish) shirtmakers. I guess I should be supporting them in the first instance anyway...
Thank-you for all your helpful suggestions, and if any further options come up, do keep posting them here - I am sure a few other members may also be interested.
Edited by FlyingMonkey - 1/29/12 at 1:17pm