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Alteration to stop blowing elbows through sleeve?


Feb 13, 2011
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Well I've read everything I could about preventing blowing holes through elbows and I'm opening this thread to hopefully focus on possible shirt measurement adjustments that might mitigate blowing holes through dress shirts.

In my 10 years of wearing long sleeve dress shirts to work everyday (of which 6 yrs being only tailored shirts from overseas) I have never ever ripped a shirt at the elbow. I have always positioned my keyboard far into the desk so my elbows are resting on the desk and the intrinsic roughness of the desks I've worked on haven't really changed.

I started going to the gym 6 months ago every day and I have considerable more muscle and notice that my shirts fit a bit tighter although not tight enough that it's noticeable or looks bad. I notice that if I flew my arm (not pump my fist but pull my hand in, I notice that my shirts are a bit tight on my bicep, elbow area and arm hole at the shoulder. It's not because of wear because I blew a hole through a MT shirt the second time wearing it and it's a relatively thick oxford 2-ply fabric.

I won't be overseas for a while so I won't be able to take it up with my tailor unfortunately so I'm hoping someone here might have suggestions on how I can modify my shirt measurements to perhaps give more allowance and not blow holes through my elbows.

My thoughts are to increase the bicep width and arm hole width (at the shoulder). I suppose I could try a few different adjustments and order the cheapest shirt from MT and see what works. I have also heard suggestions to lengthen the shoulder to shoulder width or yoke as it may not be my bicep necessarily.

Any thoughts?

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