Over the past ten days, more than 800 of you have taken the time to watch dapperQ’s first how-to video “How to Measure For a Man’s Shirt.” I’ve gotten some great feedback. Gabi told me it gave her and her partner more of a vocabulary to discuss fit. And Bo – one of the best-dressed men I know – told me he found it really helpful as well.
In this sequel, Alaina continues with Local Dyke Lauren’s kindly if firm instruction. (Indeed Lauren may be ready to fight the patriarchy with her sleeve and neck measurements, but she will need that knowledge and more as she hosts Butchlesque on May 7!!!)
As our wise costume historian knows, dapperQs with even the most precise measurements may be stymied when it comes to fitting men’s shirts over busts and hips. In this video, Alaina provides a few of the most common tailoring solutions that can be used to overcome these difficulties. If you don’t happen to sew, or know someone who can, this video will arm you with information needed to discuss alterations with the tailor of your choice (and if the person is dapperQ-friendly, will you please let your brethren know on MapperQ which incidentally could use some love!)
Note #1: Do you want more how-to videos? Do you care if they are as well produced as these two or would you settle for less polished and more options? Do you wish I’d spend time coming up with a comprehensive style guide? Prefer video interviews with celesbians about their style? Or would it be most helpful if I started finding where the clothes are that meet our needs in terms of style, size and respect for our gay dollars? I listen to every little comment you make so please let me know.
Note #2: I know I promised some thoughts today on how I’ll think about judging the Evening Wear category of the Mr. Transman 2010 pageant this Sunday night but I just can’t get it up for it. I promise it will happen before then. If you are in NYC, will you plsss get your ticket already? I’ll be tweeting live and would love to get a dapQ Snap of you while I’m there!