The Land’s End Custom Challenge

In the comments on The Mother of Re-Invention, anonymous noted “Shirts that button properly look like gunny sacks on the small waist; trousers that fit the waist will not fit the bottom and if they do the shape will be odd because they were made to some other weird specification.”
My response: “I don’t know what your style is, but if you can tolerate some preppy-ish items to build around, Lands End does custom fit jeans, chinos and blouses from your measurements (and they’re not all that expensive). If you have your heart set on some nice tailored blouses, it might be worth a try.” I’ve also had the same challenge finding blouses that will buttom comfortably across the bust without being excessively voluminous everywhere else.
In consideration that a classic white shirt is a wardrobe staple and in the name of research, une femme has decided to take the plunge, and has ordered a custom shirt from Lands End. The website allows you to select different fabrics and details, as well as collecting data regarding size and measurements. Here’s what une femme selected:
Fabric: Cotton 80s Broadcloth (white)

Collar Style: Straight

Back Style: Yoke back with center box pleat

Sleeve Style: French cuff (bien sur!)

Front Placket style: sewn on

Pocket: none

I’ll report back regarding fit, and overall quality when I receive the shirt, which according the order confirmation will be in about 3-4 weeks. Une femme is looking out for you, mes amis!
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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    September 9, 2007 / 4:17 pm

    Dejapseu: Thank you for your considered reply!

    Lands’ End does not offer custom tailoring in the UK (yet) but I have used their other products in the past and been very pleased with the quality and the guarantee.

    I think I should explore in London some Jermyn Street shirt makers who are now desperate for women clients (but stop short of, well, short women). Saville Row also has tailors now working for women clients but I shall have to save for a year for a shirt I imagine 🙁

    Thanks and I shall look forward to reading about your custom tailoring experience with Lands’ End.

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