• Hi, I'm the owner and main administrator of Styleforum. If you find the forum useful and fun, please help support it by buying through the posted links on the forum. Our main, very popular sales thread, where the latest and best sales are listed, are posted HERE

    Purchases made through some of our links earns a commission for the forum and allows us to do the work of maintaining and improving it. Finally, thanks for being a part of this community. We realize that there are many choices today on the internet, and we have all of you to thank for making Styleforum the foremost destination for discussions of menswear.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

    Styleforum is supported in part by commission earning affiliate links sitewide. Please support us by using them. You may learn more here.

Question for shirtmakers/tailors


Distinguished Member
Apr 18, 2008
Reaction score
Given all the DIY tailoring threads that have been popping up, I'm interested in doing some basic shirt alterations. Particularly, I want to try to learn how to close up a box pleat and to add darts. I've found much information about darting- some say you need a sewing machine, others don't. However, I've found nothing about closing the box pleat. Is this just as simple as it sounds- determine the size of the pleat, iron it into the shirt, and then sew it together from the inside? For the darts, is it as simple as pinning and sewing from the inside?

Obviously I will do a few trial runs with some bad shirts before attempting anything serious, but any advice or tips offered would be greatly appreciated.

Featured Sponsor

What is the most important handwork to have on a shirt?

  • Hand attached collar

    Votes: 16 30.2%
  • Handsewn button holes

    Votes: 17 32.1%
  • Hand finish on yolk and shoulders

    Votes: 20 37.7%

Forum statistics

Latest member