My thoughts on the fit of The Shirt are in comment 7 to yesterday’s post. Today, I made a trip to my amazing tailor, Stanislav Ros, to see if The Shirt could be altered to fit my shoulders and waist.
The good news: It can be done!
The bad news: It’s expensive. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
I love having someone who takes my questions seriously and doesn’t dismiss them out of hand. He pointed out that tailors who don’t work with shirts on a daily basis are less likely to take on a project like this because it’s more difficult for them. Here is what Mr. Ros would do to make it fit:
- Add waist darts in the front. $25
- Add waist darts in the back. $25 (These aren’t absolutely necessary, but once you’re spending on everything else, what’s another $25?)
- Move the entire sleeve up to shorten the length, re-cut the shirt at the arm hole to make it smaller (to fit the now smaller diameter of the sleeve) and to make the shoulder fit properly, and add a bust dart. $95
Grand total: $88 shirt + $145 alterations = $233
I know it sounds crazy, but it could be worth it–especially if you found a bargain on the original shirt. Alternatively, some of you are skilled knitters and sewers and could make these alterations yourself. Lucky.