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Old 06-16-2017, 09:40 AM   #1
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Having a well tailored shirt is a lot of work. I'm 6'3" 210lbs and need to order tall long shirts to get the sleeve length and fill the shoulders, but at the belt I'm wearing a sail.

It's wet and cold today and time to tailor 4 to 8 shirts. Lots of work doing this myself. All I can do it wear it, pinch it and take a conservative guess just how much, then make multiple passes till it's just right.

Finished my first. I'm not quite Drill Instructor tailored, but damn close.

Next up it my Cabelas with an embroidered Stag. My first embroidered shirt. I'm getting old... to think that is acceptable wear...

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Old 06-16-2017, 09:46 AM   #2
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Oh, the old days, when the waist line did not compete with shoulder width.

There's always the .. reach back, pinch two pleats, and hope you can get the shirt tucked in your trousers before it came loose. We always had our uniforms tailored to remove excess material.

Now I primarily wear Hawaiian print shirts that do not get tucked. Almost no shirt of mine gets tucked any more. Comfort is the order of the day.
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Oh, the old days, when the waist line did not compete with shoulder width.

There's always the .. reach back, pinch two pleats, and hope you can get the shirt tucked in your trousers before it came loose. We always had our uniforms tailored to remove excess material.

Now I primarily wear Hawaiian print shirts that do not get tucked. Almost no shirt of mine gets tucked any more. Comfort is the order of the day.
Once a Marine always a Marine. Pinching 2 pleats is highly temporary. To keep the shirt proper you have to pinch it constantly throughout the day. The next shirt was a lot easier.

I'm probably nearly out of bobbin thread. Time to get out the manual and figure out how to rethread the bobbin.
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Once a Marine always a Marine. Pinching 2 pleats is highly temporary. To keep the shirt proper you have to pinch it constantly throughout the day. The next shirt was a lot easier.



I'm probably nearly out of bobbin thread. Time to get out the manual and figure out how to rethread the bobbin.


Old Marine here- tuck the pinched shirt down in your skivvies; the elastic waist band will help keep those pleats in place through much of the day. Now; ready; exercise! Faster ladies, faster, bends and thrusts until I get tired!


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I totally understand your dilemma. I don't care what you do, there is no easy way to fix this. You could, if so desired, have your tailor do the two finger pinch and make it permanent, but I have to ask why? Are you expecting a CG's inspection? Make sure you put out your junk on the bunk and have everything properly labeled. Oh wait, aren't we civilians now?
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