One of a kind pocket square

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  1. StagRaven

    StagRaven Well-Known Member

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    Last week, I took one of my roommates to the local goodwill so that he could buy the pieces that make up our senior 'uniform' for going off post. Â While there, I found a lovely silk shirt that I would have worn, not three months ago, with pride. Â Though I have chosen to no longer wear such things without reason, I still have this strange addiction to fabrics of the bright and shiny persuasion. Â Well, my roommate offered to buy it with the rest of his things, and I took him up on it, not really knowing what I would do with it (For $3, it didn't seem like a major life decision). Â Upon returning from the trip, I was surfing through old SF threads and stumbled upon the solution. Â Someone had posted that they cut pocket squares (sorry, j) out of old shirts. Â It was a perfect idea, and I wish I knew whose it was. I haven't been able to find the post again. Â I took the shirt to the post tailor shop and asked if they would be able to do this for me. Â I explained what I wanted, and was told that it would be ready this afternoon. Â So, for the perusal of all here; the final result. Â [​IMG]
     
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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    It was cuffthis that mentioned it, and Kabbaz was appalled by it. You did get it right, who is the one with the disdain for the term. [​IMG] Looks like a pretty good result. Did they hand roll the edges?
     
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    It would be really cool if someone posted a step-by-step guide on doing something like that. It sounds like a great idea.
     
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    Unfortunately, no. I asked for a hand roll, but didn't want to seem like a jerk by telling a 'tailor' how to do his/her job. It looks to be just a standard edge hem. I wasn't expecting the world, and as this is obviously a casual article, it does the job. My preference for the puff and winged puff fold with just a tiny bit showing also helps. [​IMG] For a $3 investment and free labor, I'm happy. It's a shame the fiance doesn't like it [​IMG] ; limits the places to which I can wear it.
     
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    (j @ Mar. 02 2005,20:46) Did they hand roll the edges?
    It's a shame the fiance doesn't like it [​IMG] ; limits the places to which I can wear it.
    If I only wore things my girlfriend liked I would only wear square-toe shoes, and not the nice slim, slightly square-toe that we all know and love.
     
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    StagRaven Well-Known Member

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    haha oh, I'll still wear it; have no doubts about that. I'll just compromise more. And I admit to being 'that guy' that keeps buying the huge square-toe. Even though it's 'not in style', with feet as long as mine, I need the width to even it out. A nice slim size 14 never looks right [​IMG]
     
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    faustian bargain Senior member

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    next time just ask 'em for the smallest rolled hem they can make. 1/8" is a standard sewing machine foot, i think. it'll at least make the edge look a little less 'napkin'-y.

    /andrew - also has a cut shirt back, hasn't done the sewing yet.
     
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    Yes, I have been converting my special dress shirts into pocket squares for almost 10 years now. As an accountant, I find I often wear out the elbows of my shirts first (damn desk jobs [​IMG] ). The back of a shirt makes a perfect pocket square, and I get a reminder of a sartorial friend from the past.
     
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    That is a nice pocket square, but damn, it must have been one ugly shirt.

    Dan
     
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    One of the Italian MTM shirtmakers uriahkeep posted offers pocket squares made of the same material as your shirt. I thought that was pretty cool.
     

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