fitted shirts?

joe_mnMarch 16, 2012

i have had my dress shirts tailored for years due to big arms. and i also had the waist taken in. i have 48 chest and 34 waist. i do not like how my tee shirts fit. tight in shoulders/chest and loose at waist. always have had this issue. i have a friend who tailors stuff for me but have never done tee shirts. i have some nice heavy duty tees that are XL and measure 50" across chest. and i have others that measure 47"? i figure any little trick to make me look better is good. or do they make fitted tees with a 14-16" differential? am not interested in "under armour" sports wear or performance clothes. i just want nice fitting casual clothes.

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The problem with tees is their stretchiness and where to take them in. Because tee material has quite a bit of stretch and it can be hard to sew especially on the width where it's the stretchiest. With a dress shirt you can simply add darts front and back to narrow the waistand it's a stable material. You can't do that with tees or they wouldn't look right.

Your best bet is to buy tees that are made for athletes and hve quite a bit of stretch. They probably still won't have the form fit you want but it is the best you can do. Ready to wear is made to fit the average figure and not that of a weight lifter

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 3:44AM
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The tee is square. 50" for both chest and waist area. How can that look good with a 34" waist? Where does 16" extra inches of fabric hide? Aww, it just gets tucked in. Am going to try and alter a few tees and see what it looks like.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 11:39AM
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Sis showed me how to use sewing machine. I did it. Had trouble getting tee over my shoulders. But Shirt looks ok and feels better. I tried a few widths. Is 1-2" of slack around waist ok? Can u tell with 2" of slack or 4"? Loose is loose. Heck, I just went from a 50" width down to 36".

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 12:20PM
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I was going to say just take them in on the sides. I do that all the time. 2 inches of ease is usually considered standard. With stretchy and sleeveless things women often go down to 1 inch. This is probably true of men now a days too. But clearly you need to be able to get the shirt on over your head.
Good for you, btw!
You can do the same thing with your button down shirts. Women would be more likely to add darts at the waist to give some feminine shaping, but I think you could just take in the sides for a ways up from the bottom. Just look for shirts that have simple side seams, not double needle ones.
Good luck and have fun.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 11:46PM
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i tried on a new L tee shirt today at store. too tight in shoulders and arms. waist is fine. i hate snug clothes. but than i used to be 50lbs overweight. i look good and know that snug shirts looks good on a fit person. guess thats why sweaters look good on women.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:52PM
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