This shirt is well worth the money spent.

I purchased a made-to-measure shirt from Modern Tailor a few weeks ago & blogged about the various options available to you when you choose to have a shirt custom made online. I received my blue test shirt from them on May 18th. Packaging was relatively simple, a plastic bag with a label on the outside, in which I found my shirt:

Shirt

It fits pretty darn well, apart from a couple places (in which I'd blame me for bad measurements rather than the folks at MT). The fabric is lightweight but not flimsy. Overall, I'd say it's worth the money I paid (I believe $40 including shipping, which was exorbitant - $15 or so - since it came from China).

Options

I chose these options for my shirt.

  • Removable collar stays
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons ($2)

The shirt itself cost me $26.95.

Fit

Fit

Fit

You can see in this picture that the shoulder seams are darn near perfect (ending up right at the corner of my shoulder). The waist is very close to correct, but in the second picture you can see some bunching on the side - still way better fitting than any of my off-the-rack shirts.

Armhole

I did get the armholes just a tad large. Smaller armholes afford a greater range of motion, which is one of the main benefits I am expecting to get out of made-to-measure shirts. I could probably reduce this measurement by an inch or more. That would bring the point where the armhole meets the side of the shirt up higher resulting in less pulling on the side of the shirt when I raise my arm (as in the picture). In addition to the range of motion benefits, smaller armholes also means raising your arm won't untuck your shirt.

Collar

The collar is tight. This is only about 1/4" off, but that's enough for it to be reasonably uncomfortable. I think it looks great without a tie though, so I'll be ready for business casual occasions (which is as dressy as it gets where I work).

Minor defects

The seams are all clean and regular, but there's a few small workmanship details that show this is not a top-of-the-line shirt.

Loose thread

Loose thread

There are loose threads hanging off most buttons along with the twin seams in the back that reduce the waist size.

Button defect

On the back of one of the buttons there is a small defect, but it can't be seen unless you flip the button over. Not a big deal at all.

Conclusion

For the money, I am impressed with how well this fits and how well it's made. I will definitely be ordering more shirts from Modern Tailor - even at their full price of $60-$80, I consider the fit alone to be worth it. I plan on ordering more casual shirts from them first. I will update my measurements to take into account how this one fit and will definitely keep you updated when I get another.