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Removing shirt darts; easily done?

AJL

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I just received a BoO button down from a forum member (thanks Paul), and I see there are 2 darts in back, which I neither care for aesthetically, nor need/desire in terms of fit. Can I assume it is just a simple matter to remove the thread myself, after which a light ironing and/or quick wash to remove creases & needle holes? Has anyone done this with BoO shirts? Please advise.
 

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I don't see why not since the shirt is too tight on you, probably best to seek the advice of a tailor.
 

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I should do this on my Jil shirt. I wonder how much of a difference it would make.
 

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Yes. I have done it several times.

A dart is just a fold sewn shut with thread.

Cut the thread at several points with a blade, then remove it.

The holes may or may not close up completely, depending on the weave of the fabric.

But basic dart removal is easy to do.
 

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Originally Posted by constant struggle
why would you buy a boo button down?

Because I like the fit in the chest, shoulders and arms, and I just size up 1 to accommodate my sagging midsection. If you're suggesting all BoO shirts are darted, then that's something I was unaware of. I only have one other, and it's a s/s summer weight that fits me fine, and to be honest I never noticed any darts (though, lo & behold, check the closet and there those little bastards are. Much less evident in the thinner fabric). Ah shit, I've probably put 5 lbs on this winter, so the s/s probably wouldn't fit me either at this point. Maybe I should just stick with the Zegna US cut sport shirts that still line part of my closet wall, a size S that fits like a fucking circus tent. You could squeeze 2 of your little BoO emo-boys into one of those babies.

Does that answer your question, or were you simply inquiring as to why I, or anyone for that matter, would buy a BoO BD?
 

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Originally Posted by PinkPantser
Does boo actually leave the excess fabric inside the back after darting? I've never noticed and don't own any to check.

Yes, by my measure it would appear to free up as much 1/2" of fabric from the center on either side, tapering back towards the top & bottom. Which is just where old pot-bellied pete here could use some extra breathing room. Ahhhh....
 

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Originally Posted by AJL
Because I like the fit in the chest, shoulders and arms, and I just size up 1 to accommodate my sagging midsection. If you're suggesting all BoO shirts are darted, then that's something I was unaware of. I only have one other, and it's a s/s summer weight that fits me fine, and to be honest I never noticed any darts (though, lo & behold, check the closet and there those little bastards are. Much less evident in the thinner fabric). Ah shit, I've probably put 5 lbs on this winter, so the s/s probably wouldn't fit me either at this point. Maybe I should just stick with the Zegna US cut sport shirts that still line part of my closet wall, a size S that fits like a fucking circus tent. You could squeeze 2 of your little BoO emo-boys into one of those babies.

Does that answer your question, or were you simply inquiring as to why I, or anyone for that matter, would buy a BoO BD?


Yes all BoO BD's A Type have darts, thats why I asked
 

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Please let us know how it works out. Sort of curious. BoO is a lil snug on me as well, but the sleeves and chest are perfect.
 

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Originally Posted by mack11211
Cut the thread at several points with a blade, then remove it.

Unless you've got the steady hands of a surgeon I wouldn't use a blade anywhere near a $200 shirt. Get the right tool for the job and it's easier and safer. A good seam ripper can be purchased for a couple of dollars. Five to ten minutes work with one of these and you're done.

As noted above the holes in the fabric may not close up fully even after washing.
With oxford cloth you should not have a problem. Poplins might be a different story however.
 

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