Leo here. Last week I got to sit down with Simone while she helped me sew up a shirt. How cool is that?

I wanted to showcase a button down shirt that fit my own body a little more closely than our samples to date - my hips are on the narrower side for a trans guy (although still wider than those of the average cis male). Don't think that means menswear is a walk in the park for me - shirts are my biggest problem, and when I can even find a size small or extra small, I'm lucky if it's actually small enough to fit me.

So far, our transmasculine button down samples have been cut to fit individuals with hips on the wider end of the spectrum, while at the same time camouflaging said hips. We wanted to tackle this cut and fit first, because we knew it would be the most challenging, and after seeing our samples on a variety of models, we are very proud of the results! But for people out there with a similar frame to mine, I wanted to demonstrate that we will have an alternative slimmer cut as well - which we will offer in sizing that includes options significantly smaller than the standard men's small.

So, Simone and I adjusted our paper button down pattern (by strategically folding sections of it to overlap, thus decreasing its width in the torso and hips). We pinned the pattern pieces to the selected fabric, cut them out, and lined the sections up to start sewing. The whole process was amazing to watch as it unfolded in its complicatedly simple way. A length of flat fabric transforming into a three-dimensional work of craftsmanship in your very hands - there is something enchanting about that. As Simone told me, paraphrasing a quote by Yves Saint-Laurent: a design is stillborn until it's made.

Leo and Sean, modeling our original button down sample (Sean, right) and the new slim cut sample (Leo, left).

Leo and Sean, modeling our original button down sample (Sean, right) and the new slim cut sample (Leo, left).