|Pattern Description: Loosely fitting man's shirt with standing collar, long sleeves with cuffs, and patch pockets.|
Pattern Sizing: Pattern custom-made to fit the wearer.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? This is a pattern that I drafted myself with the help of the Sure Fit Designs shirt kit.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions for Sure Fit Designs are very basic. They are mostly a reminder of the best order for the sewing steps. For example, for the sleeve placket, the instructions say something like, "Make a standard sleeve placket." If any more information is needed, a sewing book or the Internet can be turned to for help. For example - the sleeve placket again - I followed the steps well-described and illustrated in the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (1976 edition).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really enjoy the Sure Fit Design process. Taking body measurements, then drafting a pattern which fits perfectly.
Fabric Used:Cotton waffle-weave fabric. After unsuccessfully looking for cotton waffle-weave yardage, I finally found summer-weight throws of cotton waffle-weave and purchased two to make this shirt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:The whole point of Sure Fit Designs is having a well-fitting pattern in the first place, so no alterations are needed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am pleased with the shirt and, as I mentioned above, I really enjoy the Sure Fit Design system and would definitely recommend it to everyone who enjoys sewing and clothing construction. For anyone who is interested in this system, I would recommend looking at the Sure Fit Design website. It is very informative, has lots of instructive videos, etc.
Conclusion: My boyfriend had a loose-fitting shirt of cotton waffle-weave fabric which he loved and wore for years - mostly as a lightweight jacket for indoors and out - which finally started disintigrating. He asked if I could sew him a replacement. After finally finding the right kind of fabric (see above), I took his measurements and used the Sure Fit Design shirt kit to sew as close a copy of the original shirt as I could. I started sewing and at some point I laid it aside and didn't get back to it until now. When hunting for UFO's to finish for the UFO contest, I remembered this shirt and was surprised to find that it was further along than I remembered. All the was needed was to finish the lower edges of the sleeves (plackets, pleats, cuffs), hem it, make buttonholes, and sew on buttons - so I would say that I earned 2 points with it. Why didn't I just finish it back when I started? I can't remember. Oh well, it's finally finished now and he is already getting good use from it.