1. Welcome to the new Styleforum!

    We hope you’re as excited as we are to hang out in the new place. There are more new features that we’ll announce in the near future, but for now we hope you’ll enjoy the new site.

    We are currently fine-tuning the forum for your browsing pleasure, so bear with any lingering dust as we work to make Styleforum even more awesome than it was.

    Oh, and don’t forget to head over to the Styleforum Journal, because we’re giving away two pairs of Carmina shoes to celebrate our move!

    Please address any questions about using the new forum to support@styleforum.net

    Cheers,

    The Styleforum Team

    Dismiss Notice

Would you add darts to a dress shirt ?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SpallaCamiccia, May 27, 2010.

  1. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    16,118
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    Tombstone
    I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.

    The posture bit makes sense, I suppose. But I'm glad I don't need them.
     
  2. Mr.K

    Mr.K Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,841
    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2008
    If it helps make the shirt fit the way you want then do it.
     
  3. wysiwyg

    wysiwyg Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    129
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    If I had to take in the waist, I'd have them do it from the sides. If my shirt is expensive enough to have hand-finished touches, I wouldn't do it the injustice of adding darts.
     
  4. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,364
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Location:
    Between Pinkos land and the sanitarium.
    I have a sport shirt with darts, and every time I iron it, I can't shake the feeling that I'm ironing one of my wife's blouses.

    I got some fun ![​IMG]

    I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.

    I usually diminish them, but those are Finamores and won´t like to have the handmade shoulders redone by machine. So should I add darts then ?
     
  5. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    22,225
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Location:
    Irvine
    the thing i am curious about the darts is,

    if you need to take in a bit of blouse, wouldnt darts alter the line of the front and sides of the shirt?
    like wouldnt it look like your shirt is warped back a bit?

    i would think taking in at the side seam would maintain the side profile balance?
     
  6. OttoSkadelig

    OttoSkadelig Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    970
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2010
    Location:
    The Dark Side of the Spoon
    I really depends on body shape and posture. For some people, the only way to deal with excess cloth in the back without messing up the fit in the front is to add darts.

    ... specifically, if your drop is larger than average, it is quasi-impossible to create a fitted shirt without darts because there are limits to how curved you can make the side seams; plus, there is the complication of the back being a 3D structure that not only tapers sideways, but inwards (i.e., the z-plane).

    in most cases though, one won't need them.
     
  7. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    25,756
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    FWIW, Dege put darts in mine.


    - B
     
  8. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,102
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Location:
    Southern California
    I have a sport shirt with darts, and every time I iron it, I can't shake the feeling that I'm ironing one of my wife's blouses.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. westinghouse

    westinghouse Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,329
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Location:
    NYC
    A good tailor will open up the shirt to remove excess fabric on the sides then restitch with a slightly tapered effect. Runs about $30.
     
  10. Professor Chaos

    Professor Chaos Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    212
    Joined:
    May 24, 2010
    No. They look feminine, they attract attention, they are a sign of a less competent tailor (in case of bespoke).

    Of course, if you never take off your jacket, it doesn't matter.


    I'm pretty sure they only look feminine if you're used to seeing sack-shaped clothes designed to hide unappealing bodies.
     
  11. binge

    binge Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,210
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Don't call 'em darts / say the titties is out.
     
  12. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,952
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2009
    [​IMG] Some people don't need darts.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by