UPDATE: See bottom of article for a 7 month update on this shirt.
After ordering a custom designed and made to measure white dress shirt from Marcella, it finally arrived via Fed Ex approximately 3 weeks after ordering. I thought I’d do a quick review of my purchase for you guys.
If you haven’t heard of Marcella, then take a look at this post I wrote a few weeks ago. Essentially you tailor shirts to your size and design from the online store, and they manufacture and ship it to you from Singapore.
I opted to measure myself using their step by step guide, and creating a size profile that way. My measurements turned out to be relatively accurate, although I could use a little more sleeve length and shoulder length next time. Here is a few pics – I chose to go with a herringbone woven white shirt because the white shirt I currently have is cheap and doesn’t fit very well.
These are the custom options for my shirt:
- White herringbone woven cotton Marcella Fabric #T03CWP.
- Double-buttoned barrel cuffs with a notch cut, medium length 2.75.
- Button-down collar, medium length 2.75.
- White buttons and white button hole stitching.
- No back pleats, no visible placket stitching, no lining, and no trim fabric.
I’m definitely going to order again from Marcella. They were really easy to work with, and the end result is quite impressive for ~$70. When I originally placed my order, I received an email saying that my sleeve-length measurement was unusually short for my height. They offered to change the size for me to a more typical length, or I could keep it the same. I chose to have them adjust the size to what they felt was appropriate – and I’m really glad I did, or I’d have cuffs around my elbows. The material was impressively soft, and the collar certainly held it’s shape better than most shirts I own. The white herringbone material is slightly sheer, but it looks fine under normal light. I recommend only ordering one shirt to start off with because it is quite likely you will need to make measurement adjustments. I need to make some measurement adjustments for my next shirts, which I’ll certainly be ordering in the coming months.
Multiple-wears update: April 2014
I’ve had the shirt now for over 7 months, and I just wanted to add a few things to this article, as it is frequently found by people searching for reviews of Marcella’s shirts. The hems appear to have developed a crinkle/buckle/twist over a few washes. As you can see pictured below, the hems have a wavy look to them which does iron out but not entirely. It always returns. Perhaps it is twisted somehow – I’m not a garment expert so I can’t really say what causes this. The collar has certainly maintained it’s stiffness and shape which I really appreciate. The fabric is still very soft – it has always been one of the most comfortable shirts I’ve owned. Be cautious with white shirts especially this herringbone cotton, it’s quite transparent! No one wants to see your nipples.
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