I’m a big fan of the original 151 Pokemon back from the Gameboy era, having spent many afternoons in middle school playing while trading my friends for Machamp and Alakazam in the mornings before class. When I saw that Original Stitch was offering some nice Pokemon shirts, I was there on day one to order. Now, the shirt has arrived, and I want to share all the details with you.
First, you go onto the website. I had to wait a bit because the servers were pretty busy for day-one orders. You go through and set your measurements for the chest, sleeves, and neck. If you don’t know these, don’t worry! There are plenty of guides online to help you out (Original Stitch has a few guides on their site as well!). After that, you can pick your buttons, collar style, and where exactly on the shirt you want your different fabrics. I chose to have the pattern on the collar, cuffs, and inside near the buttons on mine. You can also mix and match patterns, if you’re feeling sassy, or if you want a shirt with Eevee and all its Eeveelutions from the first gen on your shirt.
My Poliwag (Nyoromo) Shirt
I was limited to the initial 20 run, so I went with the slick circle patterning of the Poliwag fabric, known as Nyoromo in Japanese. It takes about a month from ordering for the shirt to be made and shipped out, so be prepared for a bit of a wait when you order.
It arrived for me one day after they said it had shipped, which was very surprising! It could be because I live relatively close to Tokyo, which makes my location prime for speedy shipping. It came on Friday and I opened the box with much joy.
Inside, there was a nice surprise: They had gifted me a pocket square with my very close second place pattern, Slowbro (Yadoran)! It’s a great, fun fabric with a nice blend of colors to give off a tropical vibe. Note the Alolan Exeggutor (Nassy) making a guest appearance.
The shirt itself fit perfectly! If you measure twice for accuracy, your shirt will fit to reflect your accurate measurements. There was plenty of space in the shoulders, the sleeves were the correct length, and everything felt great when I tried it on.
Paired with the pocket square and one of my suit jackets, I’ll be the very best, like no one ever was at my office!
Overall, the price is high for a shirt (around $100), but you are getting a custom shirt that you design yourself and is built to your body. If you’re a big Pokemon fan and want a nice shirt with subtle (and some not so subtle) nods to the series, you can’t do any better than these!