This post finally wraps up my series on tips for tailoring men’s shirts. I have one final tailoring trick along with the before and after pictures.
Final trick: The Secret Button
The secret button is a life-saver for many women with breasts > B cups. The idea is men’s shirt typically have buttons spaced further apart and don’t account for boobs. Because of this, the shirts are a little tight on the chest area and causes a little peek-a-boo hole between buttons.
The fix can be easily done with a safety pin and I’m going to tell you, I do this. For me, it is worth hurting my fingers and brain for 10 minutes while I figure out how to put the safety pin in to close this gap. Also the language barrier I have with my cheap tailor’s is too significant to introduce this idea. That being said, you might have better luck, as one of my friends did. Basically you put a button on the inside of the shirt in the middle of the gap. Then you put a button hole across from it and it closes the gap secretly. I drew a picture haha due to lack of shirt and my urge to finish this subject.
If that doesn’t make sense… you can say so in a comment and I will just go get one done.
So that’s the last trick I have. Here’s a summary of my tips:
-Tailoring is expensive, but can be worth it. Set a budget and check out sales racks or the thrift store.
– The most expensive part is getting the shoulder taken in so that’s the first thing to look at.
– Secret button prevents peek-a-boo holes
– It’s easiest to tailor shirts if you have wider shoulders than you do hips… so break out those dumb bells! When hemming the bottom, you can ask for a arcs on the sides (sorry not sure what they are called) so that you shirt doesn’t go straight across and tug at your hips. (See below)
– Typical alterations include sleeves shortened, hemmed at the bottom, and taken in at the sides. Keep this in mind when you buy it because this might change the design or chop off a logo.