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Making my first short-sleeved men's shirt. Help!
Can I use a solid color for the sleeves?
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Date: 6/27/14 9:00 AM

I am making my first men's shirt. It's for my 18 year-old son. I bought 2 yards of fabric, but the pattern calls for 2 1/4 yards. Looking at the pattern layout, it seems the sleeves is the piece that is taking up that quarter yard. Do you think it would look strange if I made the sleeves a solid color that matches the pattern in the shirt? Or should I just go buy another 1/4 yard of the fabric. Thanks!

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Date: 6/27/14 9:05 AM

I'm guessing that you want your 18 year old to wear it? You should ask him. It could look cool or it could look like mom-made-it.

Who knows what lurks in the mind of an 18-year old.
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Date: 6/27/14 9:09 AM

There is the possibility the sleeve can be spliced in a cool way using the fabric remnants. Have you already cut the fabric? If you could snap a pic of the current layout so I could see the pieces and the unused portion of the fabric, I could better visualize a possible solution.

*** Another possible solution is cutting the garment out "factory style". We use one layer of fabric (no "cut on fold) and we have an individual pattern piece for each garment piece. For example, if we have two sleeves, we have two sleeve patterns. By laying ALL the pieces out on one layer, 9.9 times out of 10 we are able to be more clever with the layout and save more fabric.


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Date: 6/27/14 9:40 AM

If you have not cut anything yet, you might be able to be creative in the way you cut it out. You have to keep everything on grain but you do not have to follow the pattern layout exactly. Pattern layouts seem to use the most fabric possible instead of the least. You can also cut things out in single layers (which takes alot more time) but might allow you to find a place for each sleeve.

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Subject: Making my first short-sleeved mens shirt. Help! Date: 6/27/14 9:41 AM

Also depends on the shirt--maybe pockets or facings or button packets or the yoke could be a different color.

Also, I always tend to find better cutting layouts than the one provided by the pattern company. Have you tried laying it out yourself and seeing if you can save the fabric? 1/4yd isn't much; you might be able to save the fabric.

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Subject: Making my first short-sleeved mens shirt. Help! Date: 6/27/14 10:08 AM

Thank you very much for your replies! This was my first post to the forum and I already learned so much!I still haven't decided what I'm going to do just yet, because I haven't cut the pattern out yet. And my fabric is in the washing machine right now. I'm going to play around with it and see if I can use the entire 2 yards, but still keep it on grain. Will let ya know what happens! Kathie~
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Date: 6/27/14 10:11 AM

Hi Kathie, Let us know what happens...we all learn from one another. Remember the facings don't have to be the fashion fabric but can be a contrasting print or a solid.

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Subject: Making my first short-sleeved mens shirt. Help! Date: 6/27/14 10:17 AM

Marec, that's what my husband recommended, too :)

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Date: 6/27/14 12:05 PM

The facings, the undercollar, the inner stand collar, inside the cuff - those could all be a contrast and look very handsome.

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Date: 6/27/14 12:31 PM

I have been known to make a sleeve from two pieces, seamed(don't forget to add seam allowance).
Consider laying piece cross-wise. It's still on- grain.
Perhaps some pieces on the diagonal (collar, pocket, yoke).

Did your fabric shrink at all in the wash?

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