Garment Doctor: Slimming a Shirt with Darts
February 20th, 2013
If you have a problem with “billowy” shirt fabric at the lower back, there is a very simple solution. Add back darts to your shirts.
If your tailor only takes-in the side seams, he has to make the front and back slimmer by equal measures. Problem is, most guys have a flat or convex (curved-out) front stomach but a concave (curved-in/hollow) lower back.
Therefore, even with a shirt that has been taken-in at the sides, there can be annoying extra fabric billowing at the lower back.
Back darts are two simple straight seams, sewn from the inside, that turn this extra fabric inside-out.
This allows the shirt to follow the natural curve of your back, creating a much more flattering silhouette.
I have darts on 95% of my shirts, and I sew them myself. It’s very easy to learn.
It’s a five minute alteration that can make a huge difference.
Yours in style,