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Female gaming tshirts (uk post)

Earlier in the week I got a bit incensed at a Tesco Clothing newsletter. Why? Because they had gaming tshirts advertised with the slogan "Boys to men...The whole family will love these" which I felt was rather thoughtless because the whole family can't enjoy considering they only stock boys/mens tshirts. Now I'm all for ignoring categories of clothing, but wearing men's tshirts can be tricky if they're tightfit and you have an ample busom so just buying the mens ones isn't exactly a great solution in all cases. More to the point I generally felt alienated by that slogan too, so I wrote to Tesco to complain that I felt it was excluding female gamers with that style of slogan when it could just as well have had a unisex and unoffensive slogan.

I actually got a fairly decent and quick reply, though the gist of which was that the slogn was because it was only men/boys tshirts and the lack fo female game tshirts was probably one of two things.

1) they didn't think they'd sell
2) the stockists don't make them

Regardless of which is the case I got told that they'd pass on my request to the buying team and that any other female gamers who wanted there to be more gaming tshirts could similarly contact Tesco's to say they would like to see them, as if there was enough demand proven then they might starting looking to stock them.

So if you're a female gamer in the UK, or know of one who might be interested in this, and you want more gaming tshirts at Tescos the email to politely poke them about this matter is: customer.service AT tesco.co.uk


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May. 23rd, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
On the fashion front (aside from the fact Tesco don't stock decent shirts) you could always get the smallest mens shirt which fits your mid section and then cut off the collar, snip slightly into the chest section to open it up and cap the sleeves to make it more attractive. I do that to most of my t-shirts, these days, because my bosom is unnecessarily ample and I'm tired of looking like a teenage boy, even if I share some of their interests. :)
May. 23rd, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Do you know of any diagrams for that method of opening up/modifiyng the tshirt? It sounds good but I'm having a hard time picturing the precise result or exactly how to do it, since I tend to be very visual and I can kind of picture it but not quite.
May. 23rd, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
I've made a little one up for you, I hope it helps. The pink lines are the way you'd cut to make the shirt in my icon. The blue line is a way of cutting it so that your boobs have more space/cleavage.

Remember that the back of the shirt needs to be higher, so cut that a bit more shallowly (I usually go just along the back of the collar, at a wide angle than the elasticated collar itself). I'd also recommend putting a stitch at the tops of the shoulder seams, just to stop them unravelling.

There's another method here, which is basically cut off the sleeves and use strips from the arms to rouche the sides, but it's a bit odd-looking.

Another alternative is to just cut off the sleeves along the seams, do the collar as I have here, and then use excess strips of material to tie around the tops of what used to be the shoulders to make them narrower with little bows on top.

I'd suggest using an old t-shirt you don't mind wrecking to try it out on, first. :)
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