Tom James Part III

If you don’t remember my first Tom James review here, I don’t blame you. It was almost a year ago. When I finally got around to picking it up this past summer, I hung it in a closet and forgot about it until last Friday, when I needed a clean shirt. I put it on . . . and liked it! Below are comparisons between their first and second attempts.

I’m impressed that they managed a flattering fit with just one waist dart and no bust darts! Also, I’ve learned my lesson: stop trying to have a shirt that can be worn both out and in. When I order made-to-measure shirts that way, they always end up too short (see where else I learned this here).

This shirt gets about a 1 on the Gap-O-Meter–there’s not even enough gaping for me to worry about pinning it.  Victoria told me that they have since discovered that women’s shirts should have no more than 2 inches between buttons.  My Tom James shirt has 3 1/2 inches between buttons, so the fact that there’s so little gaping means they gave me enough fabric for my bust.

Unfortunately, they gave me too much fabric for the length of my back again.  Oh well.  At least the back waist darts are deeper so it has a little more shape.

I write about two more neat features and give my final verdict after the jump.
First, check out my very own personalized care label!

Second, the collars contain removable stays!  According to my Seams and Finishes instructor at FIT, this is the feature of a top quality shirt.  He insisted that even women’s shirts should have them, but don’t look for them in my Campbell & Kate shirts.  They’re not important to me.  If you know a woman who cares about this detail, please educate me!

Ultimately, my Tom James shirt feels like a man’s shirt adapted slightly for a woman.  It’s very practical, and I like it, but I don’t love it.  I’m still trying to put my finger on why.  Any thoughts?

I bought this shirt through their annual sale in 2009, so it was an excellent deal.  I’m waiting for Victoria to get back to me on regular pricing and minimums required.


  1. Passion4Fashion says:

    Have you ever tried "The Shirt" BY Rochelle?

    Just saw this on Oprah and I was curious if you had tried it.

  2. Darlene C. says:

    I've seen her website but not tried the shirts b/c the sizing looks like it's for one breast size. However, the price is super reasonable, so I should try it. I would probably have to get the XL. What about you? I'd better hurry if she's been on Oprah!

  3. Passion4Fashion says:

    I would love to try a shirt like that but I don't have the money right now. I am apparently a little easier to shop for than you as I fit in SOME shirts. I have a love of Foxcroft shirts. They don't gap on me. Well… they didn't before I was breastfeeding. Not much fits right now.

  4. Darlene C. says:

    I've liked the Foxcroft shirts I've found, too. How are you dealing with what to wear while breastfeeding–lots of knits?

    By the way, one woman I talked to has a 5-month old and really likes demi-cup bras while she's nursing. They look pretty, fit well b/c there's leeway with the top of the cup, and they're easy to nurse from. I want to include this in another "Boobs and Babies" post.