I’ve been waiting on a deal for a new casual dress shirt for a while now, hoping there would be something up to par on black Friday… maybe post-Christmas… but alas nothing.
On the way from home, I decided to go into my local thrift stores: Goodwill and Salvation Army. I first went into the Goodwill, surprisingly the shirts were relatively expensive for a second hand store, some shirts cost almost as much as the new ones. The selection is lacking as expected, with most shirts and pants running in the XL range. I quickly gave up on the shirts as most were very well worn and have long lost their color. On my way out, a pair of khakis caught my eye, upon closer inspection it was a pair of 29/30 Old Navy straight fit droit (whatever that means). It seemed basically new and at $5 I decided to add it to my collection. My next stop was the Salvation army 4 blocks from my house, right when I entered, the lady at the counter informed me all green tag items were 50% off. Happy I might have found more value, I skipped to the men’s shirt section. Unfortunately unlike Goodwill, Salvation army sorted their clothes by color instead of size. After rummaging through a few shirts only to find them to be too large, I found a TM Lewin shirt for $7. Since everything was by color, I decided to sort by touch and just reviewed ones that felt like high quality shirts. The TM Lewin’s fabric felt thick but still crisp (unlike worn shirts that are limp). Like the khakis this shirt was new and incredibly was “super fitted” with my neck size of 15.5
I couldn’t wait to get home and try on my new finds. Unfortunately even the super fitted is a bit baggy due to my 15.5 neck on my 150 pound frame 😑 The pants seems a little tight, hopefully it stretches out with some wear. See results below.
I decided to tailor the shirt with the ZipSeam and maybe permanently tailor it if I decide that I liked the fit. Trimmed off about an inch off each side and the puffiness in the back was removed.
However, the sleeves are still baggy and drew too much attention with the fitted shirt. So I took in the sleeves 1.5″ or so with the ZipSeam as well.
So I was tailoring a new shirt I got the other day, as I was pushing the fabric into the channel of the ZipSeam I thought, what if I used a pizza cutter to tailor the shirt?
Here was the result after a couple of tries.
The pizza cutter is a bit thinner than the card, so that may have led to an easier time pushing the fabric into the already narrow channel. While it was slightly faster to tailor the shirt using the pizza cutter, I still prefer using the card to push the fabric into the channel. The pizza cutter was a bit bulky and a bit harder to control. It is also easier to contour the new seam using the card since you can “sculpt” each segment. Due to the sharpness of the pizza cutter, I imagine repetitive “cutting” of the shirt fabric may lead to permanent damage; though from my short experiments I did not see any noticeable damage to the fabric of my shirt.
But what if we made a mini version of the pizza cutter? Hmmmmmmmfind out on the next episodes of ZipSeam Instant Shirt Tailoring
So you finally found a slew of dress shirts you love wearing to work, it looks great in the morning, but as the day goes on, you notice the shirt slowly creeping out of your pants. You adjust it time and again, only to have it unravel faster and faster. How do you properly tuck in your shirt?
Surely there must be a solution?!
There is an age old trick called the Military Tuck. You basically fold the excess material on the sides of your shirt and tuck that into your pants under the belt. The little bit of extra thickness of material should theoretically increase the holding power of your belt.
However, this trick is pretty antiquated and since the thickness difference is only a fold of fabric, it will unravel much like your original tuck.
Enter the ZipSeam. Not only can you use the ZipSeam to tailor and slim down your baggy shirts, you can use it to mechanically enforce the military tuck.
First, determine how far down you want to tuck in your shirt. Then place a few segments (in my case 3) of the ZipSeam below that imaginary tuck line.
Next, apply the ZipSeam as you would when making a new seam and lock it into place.
Have your own way of using the ZipSeam? Post it in the comments below and win more ZipSeams!
So we all know that anxious feeling right before a promising date or a professional meeting, that knot in your stomach rumbling like 1000 butterflies. Did I miss a spot shaving? Is my tie on straight? Do I smell weird? It is very important to make a great first impression and get your foot in the door. We need to focus on certain aspects such as:
Wearing the appropriate clothes to either stand out or blend in
Relevant discussion topics
Emphasize the purpose of the meeting/date
Type of greeting
Now that we know how many aspects we need to achieve in order to make a great first impression let’s talk about each of the situations when you want to truly make it, either in date or a professional meeting.
You are meeting with someone new and you are eager to know more about this person or have an interest in pursuing something romantically, that automatically means you want to make a really good first impression and one of the best ways to do it, taking in consideration the aspects stated earlier on, is to wear an outfit that makes you stand out from all the other guys or girls out there (though depending on how fancy or casual the date is, you might want to dress down to give off a more relaxed tone).
Meeting someone on a date with lousy baggy clothes won’t do (unless you are dating a juggalo), to leave the best impression you need to be wearing fit clothes that accentuate your figure, and make you feel confident about yourself and of course the outfit still needs to be comfortable (I’ve run into shirts that simply choke me to death if it fits me at the body).
One of the issues that many people face either starting a job or applying for a new office job, is the big: “What If I didn’t leave a really good impression?” that might be one of the biggest stress points about these meetings, just because if you start off on the wrong foot then the whole interview may be derailed, and you automatically lose the chance to land the job. You might ace all the interview questions and build a great rapport with the interviewer, but starting with a good first impression certainly help your chances. Unfortunately we do live in a very superficial society where merit is often not the deciding factor in obtaining a job or even earning someone’s respect.
Wearing fit clothes and boosting your self-confidence through this would help you significantly in accomplishing this goal of leaving a good impression, I mean who wouldn’t be motivated after wearing a piece of clothing that makes you feel good and look good. Studies have shown that people are more likely to identify with those who are well dressed and automatically show more respect.
That’s why ZipSeam was created and was built upon, thinking about these certain range of issues that we’ve all encountered throughout our lives, finding the right fit for our daily clothes to make us look stylized while still being comfortable wearing them can turn to be a hassle really quick. Traditional tailoring methods are time consuming and expensive, while the ZipSeam lets you tailor your baggy shirts and accentuate your appearance in minutes for around the price of a cup of coffee.
Our main goal is to provide the right tool to make affordable tailoring a reality and making this challenge of leaving a good impression an easy one. Who would’ve thought that was possible until the ZipSeam was created, helping everyone turn that baggy shirt into a custom fitted one.