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Date: 8/16/12 11:14 PM

I'm new back to sewing, and thought I'd start with a casual shirt for a friend.

He's 6'4" and in RTW generally takes a 4XL. Haven't measured him yet, but he'll certainly need a generous FB(elly)A.

Also looking for a bathrobe pattern. It's been so long since I've sewn, I've forgotten even basic drafting skills.

Thanks!
-- Edited on 8/25/13 5:19 PM --

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Date: 8/16/12 11:28 PM

I'd do the Islander Baja shirt:
http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hstrial-IslanderSewing/-strse-31/Baja-Shirt/Detail.bok

As for the bathrobe, as long as the size charts go up to 56 (the standard for a 3xl at Wal-Mart) you'll be fine. In fact, most go up to 56 in mens.

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Date: 8/17/12 0:27 AM

Jane, you can check my reviews for things that I've sewn for my husband for pattern suggestions. He's 6'2" (mostly torso), usually wears a 3X in RTW (although he has been larger at times) and has a large abdomen.

FWIW, I've heard/read good things about Islander patterns but haven't tried one yet.

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Date: 8/17/12 2:17 AM

I'm never admitting that I did a FBA on my DH vest and coat. (6'6" and big) but I did. I used FFRP p97. I also did many other alterations as the jacket pattern was a size too small and the costume pattern I worked from was a costume. click here

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Date: 8/17/12 5:41 AM

OMG you just described Mr Dragon to a tee
Sorry I can't help, but eager to hear what others can suggest.

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Date: 8/17/12 5:42 PM

Thank you so much! Michelle, I'd already been stalking your reviews and blog. You mention a "prominent abdomen adjustment" described on offthecuff, so I'll look for that.

Tinflutterby, thanks for exact FFRP page. Have ordered it from library. Blast from the past there. Sure hope the skills come back -- I used to be good at this stuff.
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Date: 8/23/12 6:21 PM

I am trying to get into sewing for my husband, who has very similar measurements to what you describe. He has this latent interest in fashion which is always just a sorrow to him because he thinks he can never pull off the looks he admires. I am convinced that flattering the male form must follow some of the same principles as for the female form - choose the right styles and colors and wear things which fit perfectly. It's that last part that's hardest - I have no idea how to adjust patterns for him.

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Date: 8/24/12 0:46 AM

Hi MissBrea, I agree!

I found the abdomen alteration Michelle had mentioned:
http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2009_03_01_archive.html
(It's a wonderful blog for shirtmaking in general.)

Now have FFRP and DPC'Ss shirtmaking bible from the library. Wow! So much I'd forgotten, so much new to learn. I suspect he has square shoulders, but his body type is very different to that of anyone I sewed for in the past and I'm new to pattern-draping or whatever FFRP calls it.

For a wearable muslin and practice garment, I've been worried he'd insist on wearing it out and about and showing it off. But today I scored several generous remnants of white eyelet, so I doubt I'll need to ask him not to wear the muslin.

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