Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Trimming the sails: How to alter an oversized shirt

If you have a RTW dress or sports shirt that you like but is large across the chest and waist, here's a Threadbanger (what a name!) DIY video on altering a shirt by taking in the sides:

Remember pinch and pin, pinch and pin and sew. Obviously, I wouldn't recommend this for your $600 Anna Matuozzo shirt. But as the video suggests, if you are serious about making shirts, there is a very good book called Shirtmaking by David Page Coffin, which my own shirtmaker Freddy Vandescasteele recommends.

The video also features Bodymetrics, a body measurement company. Bodymetrics is focused on using its bodyscan for fitting jeans (apparently 25-30% of all garments are returned due to wrong size).

A cheaper alternative to Bodymetrics is creating a bodyform using three tools - a duct tape, a t-shirt and a friend. Seems much more commonplace in constructing women's clothes. It would be interesting to know of any men's tailors or shirtmakers who take this approach.

Additional links
- Threadbanger thread on trimming shirts


Anonymous said...

It seems somebody forgot to put the correct link to the video into the right place.

The link doesn't contain a valid url.

sleevehead said...

Thanks, the link should be working now.

David V said...

"Duct Tape Doubles" are more prevalent among women than me because more woman sew than men.

1 tip on the "DDT" don't over stuff with polyester fiber fill. Your double will be bigger than you are.

Need I say why I know this?

Anonymous said...

For a tailor it does not make sense to create a copy of the customer's body as he meets the customer in person anyway to take his measures. However, it might be useful if you have a customer with a highly irregular body and he does not have time for more than one fitting.