to what lenghts?

Much has been said in Piskie blogs about the need for black shoes in the sanctuary.  But little about the trauma of finding clergy shirts that fit.  So, dear readers, I ask you:  since I am going to be in Darlington and Newcastle this week, is it worth driving the extra 2 1/2 hours South to Derby (and back again, of course) in hopes of meeting the one clerical outfitter who seems to think she can make a decent shirt for me?  …who even offers to custom tailor a template till we get it right?

Such a long way — but if it works, and I could find a shirt that didn’t have to be tucked in,  just think of how much easier life would be.  (I can almost hear the swish of long full skirts now…)

This blog is on holiday for a week.  If I can find somewhere to post from, I will.

4 thoughts on “to what lenghts?”

  1. If you are in Newcastle have you tried J&M? They do clerical shirts to fit and ones that don’t have to be tucked in. I also got a gorgeous one at the last Resources Exhibition from SOS (Shinglers of Sutton) which is silky and doesn’t need tucking in either.

    All of mine are of the non-tucking in variety. However, if I went on a diet…

  2. J&M does habits to order, too, in case you need one. Very nice tailoring, although they don’t attach snaps on as firmly as one might hope. (The J&M people are friends of a former novice of ours, and we couldn’t find any habit fabric over here for a couple of years.) I gather they are also very nice people.

    I don’t, however, recommend getting fitted with the Pond in between.

    If you find people who make decent women’s clergy shirts, tell them to get their things in American catalogs so I can buy one if I ever finish seminary and get ordained!

  3. J&Ms are friendly and helpful and do perfectly decent albs –and relatively decent clergy shirts so long as you are shaped the way they are. But the shirt I have from them is completely unwearable, despite many measurements and long conversation. I didn’t make it to Derby in the end, having spent an exciting morning getting a wheel fixed on my car (silly thing tried to fall off — the nice dealer said he couldn’t do it for 2 days, then realised I was a long way from home, swore, and had me on the road in an hour).

    But the real news on clergy shirts is that Whippels day has come. The Maggie Thatcher pintucks and puffs they’ve been trying to sell us for years are suddenly back in fashion. Though I still think willingness to wear a ruffled pink puffy sleved clergy shirt should be an automatic barrier to ordination (and yes, that does go for the men too.)

  4. Ruffled, pink, puffy-sleeved things are back in fashion? Have you been watching too many horror movies?

    Best clergy blouse I’ve ever seen was a gorgeous batik print, sort of very faded Hawaiian, handmade by a seamstress (I asked). A Hawaiian priest was wearing it at Convention and said it was the only way she could cope. Normally I don’t think of Hawaiian and clergy shirts in the same breath, but this was stunning.

    I also talked to another woman who had someone take a regular blouse and alter the collar to make it a clergy one.

    re: J & M – I had assumed it was the cross-pond issues that made my habit fit like an oversized bathrobe (such that I had them thoroughly altered once the Superiors finally admitted that they didn’t fit me at all – they were just silly-looking).

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