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tees and side seams

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jiomitori, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. jiomitori

    jiomitori Senior member

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    I've been looking more into how my different t-shirts are constructed and how that affects the fit and comfort. One of the biggest differences appears to be whether the shirt has side seams or a tubular body.

    Here are my questions:

    Which of these is best for a muscular build (or, having pectoral muscles)?
    Which of these is best for a flatter chest?
    Or does it not matter?

    If you have any experiences or preferences you would like to share, this is the place.
     
  2. PunctualAlex

    PunctualAlex Well-Known Member

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    In my experience it depends on the cut. Some t-shirts with side seams flare outward slightly or are just straight, others taper inward. I imagine if you are muscular you'll want a shirt with side seams that tapers inward to hug your torso but still have room for your chest.
     
  3. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    The stuff I've worn with side seams usually has a more athletic fit; American Apparel for instance. Tubular is basically cheaper to do since there's less work involved in making them, and often those are just white tees I use for undershirts.
     
  4. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    Well, side seams allow for a more tapered and form-fitting cut, so if that's what you want, go for that.

    Tubular shirts do take less work, but they are harder to get the fit right for. Most American Apparel shirts are tubular. A lot of people scorn them for still having some side-seamed t-shirts however.
     
  5. Geowu

    Geowu Senior member

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    I had a t-shirt altered by a tailor to fit me better. It fits great now. It costed only $3
     
  6. BigSur

    BigSur Senior member

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    I had a t-shirt altered by a tailor to fit me better. It fits great now. It costed only $3

    Did that adversely affect any other part of the shirt?
     
  7. Geowu

    Geowu Senior member

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    no... I think I'll do it with all my tees, but they have to be a little too big, otherwise there's nowhere to cut.
     
  8. Max

    Max Senior member

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    This kind of thing would take you literally 5 minutes on a sewing machine.
     

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