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Is Your Shirt Too Long?

A dark navy and white striped long-sleeve knit shirt expertly tailored by Williamsburg Garment Company, displayed alongside the trimmed fabric, showcasing the solution for a shirt that's too long.

By Maurice Malone Published May 21, 2024

Have you ever found yourself frustrated with a shirt that hangs lower than you'd prefer? It's a common problem, but the solution isn't always as simple as one might think. At Williamsburg Garment Company, we understand that when a shirt is too long, cutting corners with home remedies or inexperienced tailors isn't just risky—it can lead to results that make you look less than your best and potentially ruin your garment.

Why not entrust your knit shirts to the hands of professionals? Our expert alterations go beyond basic tailoring. We use industrial coverstitch machines, similar to those found in knitwear manufacturing factories, ensuring that every alteration maintains the integrity of the original design. These machines are not only costly but also require specific skills to operate, making them a rarity in typical tailoring setups.

For example, consider a recent project involving a dark navy and white striped long-sleeve knit shirt. This wasn't just any alteration. The shirt featured precise stripe patterns that needed careful alignment during the shortening process. Our challenge was to cut and re-hem the shirt without disrupting the continuous line of stripes. By using a coverstitch technique that mirrors the original factory stitching, we achieved a seamless look. The hem was adjusted with a meticulous double-needle stitch, using navy thread that blended invisibly into the fabric, allowing the shirt to stretch properly without any visible signs of alteration.

A close-up of coverstitch sewing on a dark navy and white striped knit shirt with professional alterations by Williamsburg Garment Company displays the shortening solution for a shirt that is too long, and shows an example of what coverstitching is.

At Williamsburg Garment Company, we pride ourselves on doing things the right way. To us, that means no shortcuts and no hacks—just high-quality alterations that respect both the garment and its wearer. We know that for many of our clients, the perfect fit and finish are worth more than the cost of the shirt itself, and we honor that investment by delivering the best possible outcome.

If you're looking to adjust the length of your shirts with results that are both beautiful and durable, visit us. Let us show you why those who care about their appearance and the longevity of their wardrobe choose Williamsburg Garment Company for their professional alterations.