Have you ever thought that the earliest shirt was made in 3000 B.C? Also, do you have any idea that the shirts till as recent as the 19th century were used as undergarments that wore worn beneath coats and jackets? It seems to be a bit funny. However the truth is that the most stylish and sober shirts – whether handmade or machine made, were used as undergarments. According to some facts the men who did not wear shirts when they retired to bed were considered to be indecent.
With time handmade shirts became so popular that even the princess and the royal family of the UK started flaunting some of the best designs Comme des Garçons . However, with the invention of manmade polymers the shirts became craze for the men and later for the women. Earlier the shirts were custom made and took several days for stitching and completion. However, the public used to be content in favor of good fitting and handsome looks these shirts provided.
Custom made dress shirts became so popular that the tailors were not able to meet the demand and this led to the application of big machines and factories in preparing these shirts. However, the tailor made shirts are still the first hand choice of many people as they are well fit and made according to an individual’s requirement. Especially the older generation still find these shirts to be suiting their personality more as compared to those prepared in the factory.
Shirts, many times also carry some definition and significance. Especially the tailor made shirts of the past carried some message attached with them. Like silver colored shirts were worn by the people of the US. Brown shirts were worn by the Nazis. Red Shirts are usually worn by the Maoists.
With time shirts have changed their size and looks too. Tailors made shirts to compete with the fashion and class. So a particular class of people wore a shirt different than the people of another class.
Nowadays there are very few freelance tailors working in the UK who stitch shirts. However there are various companies who may offer you custom made dress shirts, through their websites. You may choose your own design and fabric. Even the buttons and the thread can be hand-picked by you. You may sometimes mistake yourself to be the tailor. More than the design you may also add your own inputs to the making of these handmade shirts.