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Marklovestosew
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Date: 8/29/12 7:08 AM

I can't find a pattern in 3x size. The shirt I want to make is not a button up but will pul over the head with a slit part way down from the neck. The shirt I will use for a pattern is a button up. When I take the front and back a part if I leave the 2 halves buttoned together will that give me an accurate pattern piece for the front? The second question is to make the arm a little puffiier all I need to do is add a couple of inches to the width and an inch or 2 for the lengtoth to achieve a 16th century sleave effect? Or is there a simpler way to approach this. Thanks Mart

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Date: 8/29/12 10:28 AM

Sounds like you've got it right for the body, but Butterick 4574 and Butterick 5008 both come in 3x and may be easier to work with than making your own pattern, especially when it comes to the sleeves.

If you're set on using your shirt as a pattern, don't forget to add seam allowances to each piece. :)

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Date: 8/29/12 11:27 AM

Here is a video where David Coffin makes a pattern from his old shirt.

To make the sleeve puffy, you would want to make several vertical slits in the upper sleeve and spread to the width you want. I'll see if I can find a link.

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