Would you add darts to a dress shirt ?

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  1. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    To reduce it´s blousy effect?

    I don´t like darts , but diminished them from the sides would destroy the handwork on mines.

    Would you add darts ?
     


  2. S. Paul

    S. Paul Senior member

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    This probably belongs in the MC forum instead of the B&S, but to answer your question:

    Yes, I would and I have on several OTR shirts. Sometimes just tailoring the sides to slim it down is not enough.

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  3. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    Oh sorry, wrong forum again.

    Please moderators, could you change it?

    Sorry[​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    winston Senior member

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    I have a Borrelli shirt which has a curve at the side seams which makes the back half of the shirt smaller than the front. This has almost achieved what darts have on other shirts, and I don't feel I can benefit from adding darts too. I have absolutely nothing against darts on solid shirts, but I'm hesitant to add them to some striped or check shirts because the way it pinches the pattern can look bad.
     


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    razl Senior member

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    Yes, as others have said, taking in at the sides and pinching shoulders just isn't always enough.

    One point though: for patterned shirts it can look weird if not done with consideration and skill. I had one vertically striped shirt where things didn't line up well and I ended up chalking it up as a loss. I suspect plaids/checks/prince-of-wale types might be even more touchy.
     


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    nayr1982 Well-Known Member

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    I would be interested to see any examples that might be floating out there of darted shirts, either poorly done or well done...
     


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    Mata_Leao Well-Known Member

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    I have darts put in my bespoke shirts to accommodate a large drop. The shirts that I have had made with extremely curved side seams look odd to me and I am unsure of the structural soundness of their construction over the long haul.
     


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    Fit is the most important thing, so if darts were needed for a better fit, then yes, I would add them.
     


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    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    if it makes it fit better... yes. The darts don't run along any part of the shirt where there's visible handwork anyways so you're not ruining it. Besides even with Borrelli their garments are half handwork half machine stitched.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    All of my custom shirts have darts, but they are for looks alone. I actually think it looks cool.
     


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    JayJay Senior member

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    Darts will work. I had this done years ago, but wouldn't do it now given the availability of OTR slim-fit as well as MTM and bespoke.
     


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    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    I don't like the look of it.
     


  13. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    I have realized the 3 shirts I wanted to add darts, have pleats on the back.

    Can I properly add darts to them to reduce the baggy effect already ?
     


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    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    The pleats are there so that you can move your arms.

    Put the darts in to add shape to the shirt and reduce the blousing.
     


  15. SpallaCamiccia

    SpallaCamiccia Senior member

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    The pleats are there so that you can move your arms.

    Put the darts in to add shape to the shirt and reduce the blousing.


    Nope, I am very slim and all my shirts got plain back and I can move my arms.

    My tailor said that If I add darts to a shirt with pleats, due to my skinny body the shirt will look hump on me. [​IMG] Is it for real?
     


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