|Pattern Description: |
McCall's 2447 has an upscale men's dress shirt pattern, with companion patterns for a vest, tie, and bow tie. The cut and styling are traditional. I made the shirt.
I am of average build, and I normally wear men's M sized ready-to-wear. I made the "Medium" size of this pattern, and it fit very well. Collar (size M) fit perfectly. Shoulders almost spot-on. Chest was fine. Sleeves a bit too short, but that is expected because I have long arms. As others have noted, the sleeves around the bicep turn out a bit poofy, and I'd like to alter the pattern to take out this fullness.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I made this pattern while taking the class "The Custom Tailored Shirt" on Craftsy.com. I mostly followed instructions from the class, though the few times I followed the pattern instructions (placket, cuffs) they were easy to follow. I was confused by the pattern instructions for attaching the front band to the left side of the shirt, though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
From a learning perspective, I like the fact it is a "traditional" men's shirt pattern with a real yoke, tower plackets along the sleeves, patch pocket, and other traditional styling details. One note about the sleeve is that the seam lines attaching cuff to sleeve are intentionally angled, to account for the fact the arm length along the outer elbow is a bit longer than the inner length.
I sewed a muslin using a cotton-poly bedsheet from the thrift store. My next attempt will be with real 100% cotton shirting fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made this pattern exactly as it came from the envelope. No alterations or changes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely plan to sew this pattern again, and I would recommend it to others.
This pattern was a good choice for a men's shirt, and I'm pleased with the results.
If you'd like to seem more details on how I constructed the shirt, you can visit my blog, Line of Selvage.