1. And... we're back. You'll notice that all of your images are back as well, as are our beloved emoticons, including the infamous :foo: We have also worked with our server folks and developers to fix the issues that were slowing down the site.

    There is still work to be done - the images in existing sigs are not yet linked, for example, and we are working on a way to get the images to load faster - which will improve the performance of the site, especially on the pages with a ton of images, and we will continue to work diligently on that and keep you updated.

    Cheers,

    Fok on behalf of the entire Styleforum team
    Dismiss Notice

Do You Have One Low Shoulder?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by a tailor, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    2,852
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2006
    Location:
    chicago suburbs
    you can measure it your self. and here is how its done.
    first you need a helper, one thats not stupid.
    equipment, a square. that looks like two rulers joined to make a right angle.
    you can sub with anything square. like a shoe box top, a cereal box, or a book.
    now you stand, back against a wall, with your feet about 6" apart.
    relax into your normal stance. your assistant takes over now.
    he/she places one edge of the square box or book against the wall so that it
    protrudes from the wall. the box/book/square now slides down till it touches
    your shoulder. make a small mark on the wall at the corner of the box square.
    then do the same on your other shoulder. if the same point on each shoulder
    is chosen,the results will be most accurate.
    all that remains to do is to measure from the floor up to the marks on the wall.
    this will tell you which shoulder is lower and by how much.
    a hard floor is better for this purpose than a carpet floor.
    to be sure that the measure is done equally. use the bone that protrudes from
    the top of the shoulder as the contact point on each side.

    if you are ordering a m2m garment on the net with your own measures.
    this information will be a help.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
  2. binge

    binge Senior member

    Messages:
    5,210
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Yep, right side.
     
  3. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

    Messages:
    3,485
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    This is a very helpful post. One of my tailors explained & measured this for me (3/4 in). It's a big reason RTW jacket backs look sloppy on me, and since this was pointed out to me, I often see this in other people. It is common, and it seems that you can a person's handedness from it, too.
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    36,650
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2005
    Location:
    New York
    Yep, right side.

    +1
     
  5. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

    Messages:
    10,767
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Location:
    Not in Plano
    Low right shoulder, high right hip.
     
  6. dr.no

    dr.no Senior member

    Messages:
    1,715
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2006
    Me too. Self speculation is that it resulted from carrying a backback full of text books on one side for much of my adolescent life. That or I am an alien.
     
  7. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    2,852
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2006
    Location:
    chicago suburbs
    Low right shoulder, high right hip.

    +1
     
  8. Maccimus

    Maccimus Senior member

    Messages:
    978
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Location:
    Shanghai
    Low right shoulder, high right hip.
    +1
     
  9. bleachboy

    bleachboy Senior member

    Messages:
    1,800
    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2008
    Location:
    Nashville
    I am lopsided as all hell.
     
  10. a tailor

    a tailor Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    2,852
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2006
    Location:
    chicago suburbs
    I am lopsided as all hell.

    welcome to the club. were all going there too.
     
  11. karen7

    karen7 New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2010
    Good post, it is very helpful.
     
  12. asdf

    asdf Senior member

    Messages:
    810
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2009
    +1

    +2
     
  13. forex

    forex Senior member

    Messages:
    6,595
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2008
    Yep, right side.

    +1.
     
  14. Patek

    Patek Senior member

    Messages:
    2,969
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2010
    Location:
    Delawhere?
    Could this be you?

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

    Messages:
    10,767
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Location:
    Not in Plano
    Could this be you?

    [​IMG]


    I do not permit my photo to be posted on a public message board. Please remove it.
     
  16. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

    Messages:
    1,019
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Location:
    Denver
    I broke my left collar bone skiing when I was 19. My left shoulder is about 1/2" lower than my right. My MTM shirts are made with split and mitered yokes which compensate for the difference. OTR suits don't show it as much as altering sleeve length takes care of it. Not sure how MTM or bespoke suits would deal with unsymmetrical shoulders.
     
  17. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

    Messages:
    3,992
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Basically eveyone does, unless you've been involved in sports/work that loads you symmetrically. Typically your preferred hand will have a lower (and maybe also wider) shoulder.
     
  18. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    6,102
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    I do not permit my photo to be posted on a public message board. Please remove it.

    I remember you wearing glasses. Did you get contacts?
     
  19. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    6,102
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    I broke my left collar bone skiing when I was 19. My left shoulder is about 1/2" lower than my right. My MTM shirts are made with split and mitered yokes which compensate for the difference. OTR suits don't show it as much as altering sleeve length takes care of it. Not sure how MTM or bespoke suits would deal with unsymmetrical shoulders.


    There is a thread by atailor that shows the pattern manipulation for a low shoulder.posted yesterday.

    Basically eveyone does, unless you've been involved in sports/work that loads you symmetrically. Typically your preferred hand will have a lower (and maybe also wider) shoulder.

    it can be from an accident or an injury but mostly it is natural in everyone. It is the way the bones in your shoulder branch out from the spine. We are not symmetrical.
     
  20. Mark from Plano

    Mark from Plano Senior member

    Messages:
    10,767
    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    Location:
    Not in Plano
    I remember you wearing glasses. Did you get contacts?

    Yes. Do you like? I think it makes me look younger. Of course it may just be the lighting in that particular photograph.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by