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Critique MTM TailorStore shirt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by agrigorcea, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. agrigorcea

    agrigorcea Member

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    Hi All,

    yesterday I've recieved my first MTM shirt from tailorstore. It is not bad, actually now it is the best fitting shirt I own. I'm really slim and tall, so it is almost impossible to find a RTW shirt that fits. This shirt though has some flaws:
    1. cuffs are too large
    2. armholes are too tight, I can feel it all the time
    3. I feel little bit tight on the back (no all the time, but only when I move my hands forward)

    At this point I am not sure what sizes I have to change.
    Are sleeve width and length ok? (looks a little bit large to me)
    Also do you notice some other problems I have to take care of in my next order?

    I would really appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!

    PS: fabric is crappy, I can find shirts with much better fabric for half of that price, but, hey, it fits and I'll try some other fabric next time.


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  2. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    the cut of the shirt makes you look painfully thin.
    shirt tail is too long
    hip is too tight.
    too much shape at waist
    you are better off with a large waist measurement and then adding darts

    cuffs are too large in circumference as well as to long.
    sleeves are too long
    chest is only a little bit too small
    shoulders look ok
    take a photo with the collar buttoned.
    by SF standards the sleeve width seems fine
     


  3. agrigorcea

    agrigorcea Member

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    Thanks for you suggestions, Shirtmaven.

    Do you think I can choose darts option on mtm site, or it is better to add darts after I recieve the shirt?

    Here is a couple of photos of a RTW shirt I own. It is a regular fit. Should I order a shirt like this and then add darts? or maybe slightly less waist?

    Thank you again.

    PS: at the bottom a photo with the collar buttoned

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  4. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    The light blue shirt taken in slightly at the body, maybe 1.5" near the waist, would be much better than the Tailorstore shirt. This is yet another "Should have gone to Maaco" moment (referring to yours truly).
     
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  5. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    Is tailorstore one of these online shops where you self-measure, type the numbers into a webform and get a shirt without fitting? Calling this MTM is misleading since the key success factor for MTM is that a professional takes the measures. Might wanna call it MTRN (made-to-random-numbers).
     


  6. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    +1. Light blue shirt's fit isn't perfect but with some alterations would be great.

    There's no sense in getting a MTM shirt if you are going to have to get it altered after the fact. The whole point of the process is that they make something that fits you. If you're doing alterations anyways, just get good deals on RTW shirts that you like.
     


  7. OTM

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    I must say I have been very happy with TailorStore.

    Indeed they made me submit my own numbers, but they offer a 100% perfect fit guarantee!

    This is how it works:

    1. Take measurements, select fabric, submit.
    2. Receive shirt and wash per instructions
    3. Put on, take pictures and send to TailorStore.
    4. They suggest alterations to the measurement and subsequently gives FULL store credit for the first shirt.
    5. Adjust numbers, pick fabric, submit again.
    6. Receive new shirt (free shipping too!)

    I am about to submit new pictures of my second shirt, to reiterate, I am very happy with all communication and can only give my highest recommendations.
     


  8. archibaldleach

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    Interesting. Sounds like you basically get a free trial shirt then? In that case, the online MTM risk goes down by a bit. Their pricing doesn't exactly seem cheap, however, so would be curious to learn a bit more about their fabric quality. I'll probably stick to my shirtmakers for now but could be useful for people in areas that travelling tailors don't frequent and who do not have local shirtmakers. Please do post pictures of the shirt.
     


  9. suited

    suited Senior member

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    Put on some weight. Truthfully speaking, it will make everything look much better.
     


  10. OTM

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    Heh, yes, 'free trial' is a much better choice of words. That is excactly right! In return they get very happy customers, their communication at the customer service level is also wonderful. I'm using the Norwegian/Swedish-site, YMMV.
     


  11. agrigorcea

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    well, it is already taken in 1.5''-2'', it is a "slim fit" pre-darted RTW, maybe I can take it in even more, but I think there is some risk to have side seams on the back



    can't find a RWT of the right collar size with the sleeves long enough, because I am very thin and tall. I do understand waht MTMs point is. I'm just wondering if ordering a pre-darted shirt from an MTM site will give me a desired result. I just have to try...



     


  12. mensimageconsultant

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    It couldn't hurt to try new, different weight-gain methods, but increasing waist size without adding fat is very difficult. Oblique exercises probably would do the most good.

    Now the MTM attempt makes sense. What are the measurements? Maybe there's something OTR to point out that is close enough to tailor into a good fit. Another possibility, depending on dress code, is to settle for mediocre fit that is disguised by bold pattern.
     


  13. agrigorcea

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    Thanks for your interest mensimageconsultant,

    here are the sizes I've used for the tailorstore order:

    Neck 36 cm 14.2 "
    Shoulder width 43 cm 16.9 "
    Chest 91 cm 35.8 "
    Waist 71 cm 28 "
    Length to waist 44 cm 17.3 "
    Seat 88 cm 34.6 "
    Length to seat 69 cm 27.2 "
    Hip 79 cm 31.1 "
    Length to hip 57 cm 22.4 "
    Arm length 68 cm 26.8 "
    Short sleeve length 16 cm 6.3 "
    Wrist 20 cm 7.9 "
    Biceps 26 cm 10.2 "
    Shirt length 77 cm 30.3 "

    I am not sure what you mean with bold patterns, but I would like to avoid too bold patterns. I need shirts for my work environment.
     
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  14. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    better to add the darts with a local tailor.
    just make sure you add 3" to the waist measurment
    and at least 2" to the hip.
    thenyour tailor make 2 darts 1/2" double
    that will pull 2" in the back
     


  15. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    If I understood him correctly, he was saying that bold patterns might distract from poor fit. I agree with your desire to avoid bold patterns in the office unless they are commonly worn (otherwise you are wearing a loud shirt that doesn't fit, which seems rather eh...).

    Gingham checks (especially bigger ones), thicker stripes with a high degree of contrast from the base fabric and contrast collars (not really a pattern) are all a bit bolder. More conservative shirts feature solid broadcloth, semi-solids such as subtle herringbones and end-on-end, and thin stripes. Just a few examples.
     


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