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Date: 11/22/09 10:05 PM

I want to make a shirt for my boyfriend for Christmas but don't know what size to make... and because I want this to be a surprise I can't ask him to measure his chest. Snooping in his closet to measure one of his shirts won't be all that easy because he lives a few states away...

The other night he mentioned that he bought a new size 40 jacket. The Burda pattern I want to use starts at 46, but I'm not sure whether this is closely correlated to RTW sizing. Does anyone know what chest size a size 40 is?
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Subject: What does size 40 mean for a mens shirt? Date: 11/23/09 10:05 AM

Dress shirts are by collar & CB Sleeve length.
For instance 15- 32.
Call Nordstrom men's dept and I bet they would be able to help you figure it out. On the Burda pattern take note of what the actual chest measure is.

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Date: 11/23/09 11:12 AM

Burda's size chart says a US size 40 is a Burda size 50. The charts are in the magazine and can be downloaded at their website.

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Date: 11/23/09 1:34 PM

A pattern for a woven shirt probably has a 40in. chest and a 15.5in. collar. I wouldn't make a shirt for him that has a collar that he has to button all the time. Fitting a shirt is much less forgiving than fitting a jacket. A knit shirt or shirt that fits loosely and that he won't be buttoning the collar on will probably work fine.

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Subject: What does size 40 mean for a mens shirt? Date: 11/23/09 3:22 PM

38-40 is typically considered medium in menswear, if that helps narrow down your choices.

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Date: 11/23/09 6:03 PM

Thanks everyone!

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