What Makes A Quality Shirt?
High Quality Collar- Collars are cut perfectly symmetrical with clean stitching and straight edges. Fused collars provide a crisp clean look and quarter stitch for the finishing touch.
Split Yoke- A sure fire way to a quality shirt is a split yoke, two panels of fabric on the shoulders sewn together that are cut on the bias. Along with aesthetic benefits, this also allows the fabric to stretch lengthwise- giving you more range of motion reaching forward.
Premium Cotton Fabric- Ring-spun 100% cotton shirts will feel softer and last longer especially with the higher thread counts. Try to stay away from too much polyester or other man made materials.
Mother Of Pearl Buttons- Only the finest buttons are used for high quality shirts. Mother of Pearl buttons will add a sleek attractive edge to your shirt.
Hand Sewn Cuffs- Like collars, the cuffs are fused as well which allows for a clean crisp professional look. One of the hardest aspects of a shirt to make perfect, many corners are cut when dealing with cuffs. The edges are straight, corners sharp, and stitching is perfected by the tailors.
Clean Buttonholes- Saturated with stitches, the buttonholes should show no signs of fraying or loose threads. A very tight, clean thread display should be apparent.
Pattern Matching- When shirts (or suits) have patterns, tailors are held at the highest regard in matching the pattern up on the seams. The whole shirt should look like one piece of unbroken pattern. Pattern matching is another area where low quality items will skip on, the process uses considerably more fabric.
Clean Tight Stitching- Smooth and straight, with 18+ stitches per inch giving the polished look and durability over time.
Single Needle Side Seam Stitching- Another way for companies to cut a corner for time purposes is adding in a single needle side seam stitch, this will reduce puckering over time and aesthetically will look nicer with clean tight stitching on the sides and bottoms of sleeves. It's much easier and much quicker to just have a double seam stitch, time is money right?
Spare Buttons- A good shirt maker assumes your shirt will last many years, unfortunately buttons may not due to the harsh dry cleaning process. This is why shirt-makers should prepare you for that with spare buttons attached at the bottom of the shirt, if your current shirt doesn't have it- the shirt maker assumes the buttons will last only as long as the shirt does (not long).
Reinforced Side Seam Gussets- Extra durability is proven with the side seam gussets, as well as adding another visual pleasing aspect to your shirt.