When one thinks about a shirt compared to a blouse, they may not really know how to properly differentiate the two. Both garments have the same structure; however blouses have more details and intricate designs that set them apart from shirts. The garments being compared are a men’s shirt, a men’s blouse, a women’s shirt, and a plus-sized women’s blouse.
The first garment analyzed is the men’s shirt. It is manufactured by XINNO, and follows the TFPIA and Care Labeling Rule Act standards. It provides the full fiber content 100% silk, and the country of origin, China. From an observation on overall appearance, it is noted that there are several loose threads and frays in the fabric, the seams have excessive puckering, and the seam corners unfold and expose raw edges. The men’s shirt has many elements to its design. Starting from the top, the shirt has a two-piece collar which includes a top collar and an under collar sandwiched between the top collar stand and the inside collar stand. The men’s shirt is made up of a left front, right front, a back, and a one-piece back yoke with a forward shoulder roll. There is a box tuck on the back at the yoke, with a flattened spaghetti loop above it. The sleeves each have gauntlet plackets which consist of a top placket, under placket, buttonhole and button. There is a left and shaped barrel cuff, including a top cuff, under cuff, buttonhole and button. On both the left front and right front sides there is a patch pocket. It has a one-piece placket with a buttonhole and button. This garment is finished with French seams, flat-felled seams, mock flat-felled seams and top stitching for decoration. This shirt is for males ages 30-40 who dress for business/casual.
Quick Cost Breakdown: Manufacturer: $19.75
The second garment evaluated is the men’s blouse. It is manufactured by after Six. It provides full fiber content, 65% polyester and 35% cotton. The garment does not fully comply with the TFPIA and Care Labeling Rule Acts because it does not provide the country of origin or the care instructions (although it does note that garment is permanent press.) As for the outward and inward appearance and construction, there are many small flaws. The seams excessively pucker, there is a significant amount of thread breakage and skipped stitches. The seams grin, and stitches that should be hidden are very obvious. The garment seems to be put together poorly and when closely observed it appears very cheap. This men’s blouse is no ordinary blouse. It is a 1970s ruffled tuxedo blouse, and has many different elements to its design. The men’s blouse starts with a two-piece collar with interfacing. This collar includes an under collar, collar interfacing, collar stays, a top collar stand, an inside collar stand, collar stand interfacing, a buttonhole and a button. The garment has a front left, front right, top placket, placket interfacing, buttons, and a right double rolled hem with buttonholes. As for the back of the blouse, it has a shirt tail, a back yoke with a forward shoulder roll, top yoke, inside yoke, and a top stitch along the yoke edges to provide a clean looking finish. The blouse has a left sleeve, right sleeve, each with a continuous placket and pin tuck going into a French cuff. The cuff has two buttonholes and ruching at the ruffles which are finished with a marrow. The front details consist of ruffles with marrow edge, ½ inch sewn down tucks with cording venice folded over to cover buttons and plackets. The hem is double rolled with a lockstitch, the inside has French seams and overlock seams. This garment is marketed for males ages 25-35 in a wedding or formal event.
Quick Cost Breakdown: Manufacturer: $11.00
The third garment analyzed is the plus-sized women’s blouse. It is manufactured by Sport Collection and complies with the TFPIA and Care Labeling Rule Acts. It provides full fiber content, 97% Cotton and 3% Spandex, the manufacturer, and the country of origin, China. The tag on the blouse provides full care instructions, machine wash cool water with similar colors, do not bleach; hang to dry, iron at low setting if necessary. The outward appearance is nice, and there are very few loose threads. The inward appearance is pretty good except there are a few extra threads and several seams have extra stitches. The garment has a clean, crisp hand and the edges are finished nicely. The blouse has a Mandarin collar which includes a top collar and an under collar. It has a flounce neckline. The garment has a back, a front left, front right, two sleeves and two cuffs. The front has a top placket, under placket; buttonholes, buttons, and a flounce neckline with lace venice. There are single-pointed side-seam bust darts on the front left, right, and back. There is a standard left and right cuff with continuous plackets, buttons, and buttonholes, lace decoration covering the cuffs, and ruching where the cuff meets the sleeve. There is also a single-pointed dart on each sleeve leading into the cuff to make the cuff tighter. There is a 1/8th inch top stitch around most of the garment’s added pieces, and the edges are double-rolled seams pressed and stitched down. This blouse is targeted toward plus-sized women in their thirties.
Quick Cost Breakdown: Manufacturer: $17.00
The fourth garment is a women’s shirt. It is manufactured by The Limited, and provides full fiber content, 97% cotton and 3% spandex. It gives full instructions for regular care of the garment, machine wash cold with like colors, only non-chlorine bleach when needed, tumble dry low, and warm iron if needed. The garment appears to be very well constructed, with only a couple loose threads on the inside where the seams meet. The hand of the garment is crisp but soft. The garment has a two-piece collar which include a top collar and an under collar. It is sandwiched into the top collar stand and inside collar stand. The collar stand has a button and a buttonhole. The shirt has a back, a back top yoke with a forward shoulder roll, under yoke, and two fisheye darts on either side to narrow the waistline. The garment has a front left; front right, a fisheye dart on each side towards the bust, a top placket, under placket, buttons, and buttonholes. There is a left and a right sleeve with standard sleeve plackets which includes a top placket and an under placket. Each sleeve has a tuck leading into the cuffs. There are two standard cuffs with a top cuff and under cuff, buttons, and buttonholes. The seams are flat-felled, standard ¼ inch hems and the garment has a decorative top stitch around all the edges. This shirt is made for business women ages 25-40.
Quick Cost Breakdown: Manufacturer: $5.50
In conclusion, the four garments analyzed all had their flaws. Surprisingly enough, the women’s shirt seems to have the best outward and inward appearance. Although it may be cheaper than the women’s blouse, it has a stronger build. I found it interesting that the male blouse does not comply with the TFPIA Care Labeling Rule Acts. The male shirt had so much puckering that it looked poorly made. Over all I rank the garments from well-constructed to poorly constructed: Women’s Shirt, Men’s Shirt, Women’s Blouse, and Men’s Blouse.