What can you choose when making a custom shirt?

Making a custom shirt is a personalized experience that allows you to create a garment perfectly suited to your tastes and body shape. Here are the main steps and choices involved in this process:

1. Taking measurements

The first step is to take accurate measurements of your body to ensure the shirt fits perfectly. Common measures include:

  • Collar size
  • Chest size
  • Waist size
  • Hip measurement
  • Sleeve length
  • Back length
  • Shoulder width
  • Wrist circumference

2. Choice of fabric

You can choose from a wide range of fabrics, depending on the season, occasion, and your personal preferences. Fabric options include:

  • Cotton (poplin, oxford, twill, etc.)
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Fabric blends (e.g. cotton-polyester)

Each type of fabric offers a different texture, comfort, and durability.

3. Color and pattern

Once you have chosen the fabric, you can select the color and pattern of your shirt. Popular choices include:

  • Solid colors (white, blue, pink, etc.)
  • Grooves
  • Tiles
  • Patterns (flowers, geometric, etc.)

4. Collar Style

The collar is a key element of the shirt and you have several options:

  • Classic collar
  • Italian collar
  • Buttoned collar
  • Mao collar
  • Club collar
  • Broken collar (for formal shirts)

5. Cuff Style

Cuffs can also be personalized:

  • Single cuff (one button)
  • Double or French cuff (for cufflinks)
  • Convertible cuff

6. Cut and style

The cut of the shirt can be adjusted according to your preferences:

  • Straight cut (classic)
  • Fitted cut (slim)
  • Very fitted cut (extra slim)

7. Additional Details

There are a variety of additional details you can personalize:

  • Pockets: one or two pockets, with or without flap
  • Back pleats: center pleats, side pleats or no pleats
  • Buttons: choice of materials (plastic, mother-of-pearl, wood, etc.), color, and sewing style
  • Monogram: addition of embroidered initials on the chest, wrist, or bottom of the shirt
  • Stitching type: single, double, contrasting

8. Try-on and adjustments

Once the shirt is made, a fitting is often necessary to make final adjustments. This may involve minor modifications to ensure a perfect fit.

Conclusion

The process of creating a bespoke shirt is a collaboration between the client and the tailor, resulting in a unique piece that reflects the wearer's personal style and preferences. The customization options are extensive, making each shirt truly unique.