How to Slim Your Dress Shirts for $10

February 20th, 2013

If you have a problem with “billowy” shirt fabric at the lower back, there is a very simple solution. Add back darts to your shirts.

If your tailor only takes-in the side seams, he has to make the front and back slimmer by equal measures. Problem is, most guys have a flat or convex (curved-out) front stomach but a concave (curved-in/hollow) lower back.

Therefore, even with a shirt that has been taken-in at the sides, there can be annoying extra fabric billowing at the lower back.

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Back darts are two simple straight seams, sewn from the inside, that turn this extra fabric inside-out.

This allows the shirt to follow the natural curve of your back, creating a much more flattering silhouette.

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I have darts on 95% of my shirts, and I sew them myself. It’s very easy to learn.

It’s a five minute alteration that can make a huge difference.

Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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