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Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Chamorro, Jul 8, 2004.
Update: It came and I am very impressed. The shirt is very well made of a high quality, tightly woven cotton. I washed and dried it before snapping these shots and it was my choice to leave it a bit rumpled as I think it fits the aesthetic and vibe of these shirts. The pattern is outstanding and it is clear and richly printed - as, I think, can be seen in the second pic.
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Wonderful shirt, Fading Fast! Very much my style. I wish I had noticed your earlier post, as I probably would have attempted to get in on that.
What a lovely shirt, it looks great, wear it often. I like that the neck hasn't been designed to be worn open style, most tropical shirts have an open neck reminiscent of a lapel but your's buttons up to the neck. Perhaps not unique but still unusual, I love it.
Thank you so much. They often - if they get enough demand - make a second or third round of the same item. Hence, if you want, sign up and hit the "bring it back" button from this link:
So far, everything I've bought from them has been true to their story - well made and better value than from full-priced stores.
I know exactly what you mean and I agree completely. Also, as I mentioned, the cotton is of a really good quality - feels great.
My Godson sent me this link. There's so many pictures of loungers in Aloha shirts that it could be a page from this thread.
It might be the cooler months of the year, but one advantage of recovering from surgery is that i'm laid up in a centrally heated home, so I have been wearing a different tropical or topical shirt everyday. Today I chose this art deco design:
On another forum I follow, there was a thread about whether shirts should be tucked in or now. It's incredible how people are so certain about the stands they take on trivial things like shirttails. But no one seemed to object to a Hawaiian sport shirt being worn untucked. But I guess it's good to know that some people take these things seriously.
Tucked in or left out, why do people ask? If you look at your appearance in the mirror and like the effect, go with it, if you don't like it, change it. Why the self imposed pressure of consulting the fashion police over such trivial matters?
Just to remind ourselves not to wear pajamas to the grocery store.
Reminds me of how much I really want me an antique Hawaiian shirt! The authentic Hawaiian-made ones are so rare and expensive, though.
No Pyjamas in Public Law.
There was a comic strip in the papers when I was little, in the 1950s, that was entitled, "There oughta be a law."
It takes my wife around ten hours to cut out and make one of my shirts. So if you multiply ten by the average pay for a skilled worker, add the cost of the material, notions, paper pattern and then add a little more for heating, lighting and electricity, you can see how quickly the costs can mount and why a hand made shirt costs so much.
Manufacturers cut out the patterns on large machines, one hundred at a time, you will never get a perfect fit shirt because of that, unless you happen to be very lucky, but it does go a long way to keeping costs down.
You are right that vintage, hand made shirts, are both rare and extremely expensive, but if you know of a skilled dress maker, you can always reproduce the vintage look. It isn't cheap, but you will end up with a shirt that is authentic and as beautiful as a made to measure suit.
Two major fabric suppliers spring to mind: Robert Kaufman and Alexander Henry. There are plenty of smaller companies in the market too, you just need a bit of patience searching for them. Notions are the tools to do the work, your dress maker will have these, or supply them. They are needles, thread, fabric lining, buttons, stiffeners and anything else that the pattern calls for, such as press studs or zippers. Then you need your pattern and one of the best places to buy that has to be the Canadian company: So Vintage.
There you have it, put all that together and this is what you will end up with.
On a short winter's dull day, what better way to bring some cheer? My Christmas gift, I really didn't think there was enough material left over. She's amazing.
No doubt! You are a lucky man...
My surgeon has, at last, given me the all clear to drive again. Her ladyship, busy cooking our evening meal, asked if I could go to our local supermarket for a couple of things that we were out of. It would be a pleasure after all the confinement of staying in, following surgery. At the store I had many a compliment from the staff. "We missed you," "good to see you back," but my favourite, "your shirts always announced your arrival, and that one doesn't disappoint." Aw shucks!
Good to hear you're back in the game, but even better to know Tina hasn't lost her touch... WHAT a happy, merry Christmas gift!! You should keep her!
I often pray that the Good Lord allows me to keep her, in a few months time we shall go gold, it was 50 years ago, in May 1968, that we exchanged our wedding vows. I wonder if a gold shirt is just a tad too outlandish?