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MyTailor fabric advise needed

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm in the market for a solid white dress shirt, two ply, with slight sheen, >100 stich count. Could someone please give me tips on fabric from mytailor? It's very hard to have a good idea of the fabric from their website.

 

Thanks in advance fashion-forward gurus.

post #2 of 15
Their traveling tailors go to almost every major city in the US. I'd recommend getting an appointment and going through their fabric books to find one you like the feel of. It wouldn't hurt to have the tailor measure you for your shirt as well.
post #3 of 15

I heard they make nice suits.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Unfortunately I live in Japan so won't be able to see their tailor in person.

post #5 of 15
I've bought exclusively from their Thomas Mason Silver and Tessitura Monti books. Both have very high quality shirtings. Though I will say that without feeling the fabric it would be very hard to make decisions.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by scurvyfreedman View Post

I've bought exclusively from their Thomas Mason Silver and Tessitura Monti books. Both have very high quality shirtings. Though I will say that without feeling the fabric it would be very hard to make decisions.

I had a single shirt made by MyTailor out of the Thomas Mason Silverline book. It was fabric F53256 (was $125). It is extremely mediocre (has the hand of thin cardboard) and on my experience would not touch Silverline again. MyTailor made the shirt with measurements about one to two inches less on average than I specified. To their credit they offered to remake the shirt.

Would recommend you choose based on feel with your local tailor (or at least MyTailor's traveling tailors, if you can) than going off of brand reputation.
post #7 of 15

I've had good luck just picking shirtings from their online selection, but then again, I like surprises! Sounds like your specifications are a bit more precise, though.

 

If you contact Joe Hemrajani at MyTailor with the specifics he'll steer you in the right direction.  He's always been more been really helpful to me in making fabric selections.

post #8 of 15
If you are unable to see their traveling tailors you may need several shirts to tweak the fit. So I would recommend the lowest price shirt to start.

I've been fairly happy with T Mason Silver at $120.00. But, at the $180 price point, Acorn fabric is a noticeably better looking fabric.

Also note the shirts will shrink after a few washings. You need to account for that.

I would recommend working with a tailor who can take your measurements if possible.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have any experience with the Thomas Mason F81146 White Satin Sheen fabric? It is from the Thomas Mason Silver range.

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by cropknox View Post

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If you contact Joe Hemrajani at MyTailor with the specifics he'll steer you in the right direction.  He's always been more been really helpful to me in making fabric selections.

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post #11 of 15
Just wanted to chime in that I've been reasonably happy with MyTailor shirts, at least considering they're about 1/2 the price of something like Brooks Brothers MTM.

My biggest complaint is being able to know what you're getting in the fabric. Their online swath images are lower resolution and poorer in color accuracy than their competition (e.g., moderntailor). If you look at fabrics they label "white" for example, some of the photos will be medium grey, some baby blue, some brownish-green, and so on. I'm pretty sure they are all close to white in reality -- unless Joe is totally colorblind -- but to know the subtle differences in shade, who knows given those images. It's even harder to get a sense of the fabric texture and weight from their images.

So far I haven't been too unhappy with what I've ordered, though I did have one white fabric, an "executive" pinpoint, that ended up being incredibly thin, cardboardy, and see-thru, unwearably so in my opinion. I've definitely not ordered as many shirts from them as I would have with better online fabric info.

I'd love to see Hemrajani put better photos on the website, or do like modertailor and send out swaths. I'd even pay $5 a swath if that were the only option -- beats buying a $100 shirt and not liking it.

I realize they do travel with fabric books, but my area only gets visited infrequently -- seems to be when I'm away on business, usually -- and never by Joe himself.

I will take cropknox's advice and email or call Joe before my next order to get some fabric advice. My biggest problem is finding white fabrics that are opaque enough, so maybe Joe can steer me to some if he knows that's what I want.
post #12 of 15
I can highly recommend Acorn's 150$ fabric. It is a classic poplin and has a great hand.
post #13 of 15
Ditto on disappointment with the Mason Silver.Not a significant difference in the feel , but a significant increase in price. I only had one shirt made with it out of a four shirt order. The other three I went up one level from the basic fabric grade( don't remember what it was called). Very little difference between those and the Mason. My only disappointment with Mytailior shirts is the quality of the fabric. To his credit, the tailor, Mr. Rusty tried to talk me out of buying anything but the basic fabric line. The shirts were very well made.

There is a huge difference between the basic, off the rack feel of my Turn bull & Asser's and the Mason.
post #14 of 15
I've had some very good recent experience with the Mason Silverline fabrics, actually. Back in the mid-2000s, I ordered a small batch of Silverline from WW Chan and had some hits and misses. But out of 8 Silverline shirts I've ordered from Mytailor over the past few months, I'm happy with pretty much all of them. My one complaint is that a herringbone fabric I got has a bit too much of a sheen for my liking, but that was purely my fault. All the broadcloths (two fine stripes, a pinpoint oxford, and a handful of checks) have been very good. Some, however, seem too have a noticeably finer hands than others.
post #15 of 15
Just to reinforce my point about unpredictability of fabrics, I got an order from MyTailor this week. Three shirts, one cotton/poly blend, two in the "single ply cotton" range, same price ($70)

Shirt one was a twill and the fabric is awesome -- nice weight, drapes very well, nice twill texture. My wife loves the feel of it. Best fabric I've gotten from them, including an 'executive' shirt -- I'd expect to pay 70 OTR in that fabric. Color was a bit off the web picture, but still a win overall.

Shirt two was an end-on-end, and was very dissapointing: super thin and just a "meh" look and feel to the cloth. The end-on-end pattern doesn't really show (I had to look at my account to confirm what I ordered; I'd have guessed broadcloth looking at it). It is so thin that despite being blue, my white undershirt shows through. So thin that even the freckles on my arm show through! Ugh. Like a discount store fabric trying to use as few molecules of cotton as possible. I'm not likely to wear it.

Shirt three, the blend, was as expected -- better than basic department store blends, but nothing special. Perfectly satisfactory for the price.

Bottom line: visit one of their travelling fitters, call/email for fabric advice, or accept that you'll lose some of the time.
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