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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > whats the best (easiest) pattern for a button down shirt? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 12/16/10 2:20 PM

I am working on MC CALLS 5052, but I seriously hate these directions. It has a the ugliest shape to it. Very squareNeed something easy and fast I can bang out quick that is more shapely.





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Date: 12/16/10 5:06 PM

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Date: 12/16/10 5:28 PM

I'm going to keep my eye on this thread, I haven't made a button down shirt yet. I am feeling the need for one!

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Date: 12/16/10 6:31 PM

I don't know if it's still in print, but I tweaked Simplicity 3789 and have made it a TNT "dressy" button down shirt. I say dressy, because it's princess seams and I consider princess to be a bit dressier. Anyway, I do View B but use Sleeve E cut to a 3/4 length. For something a little different, McCall 6148 is nice. I don't know if that one is still in print either. I probably haven't been much help

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Date: 12/16/10 7:27 PM

Have you looked at the Islander Sewing Systems shirts? I haven't made a woman's shirt but their directions are just super. They do have some womens' shirts.

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Date: 12/16/10 7:55 PM

Quote: JTink
I don't know if it's still in print, but I tweaked Simplicity 3789 and have made it a TNT "dressy" button down shirt. I say dressy, because it's princess seams and I consider princess to be a bit dressier. Anyway, I do View B but use Sleeve E cut to a 3/4 length. For something a little different, McCall 6148 is nice. I don't know if that one is still in print either. I probably haven't been much help

this one?

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Date: 12/16/10 8:01 PM

[quote]Have you looked at the Islander Sewing Systems shirts? I haven't made a woman's shirt but their directions are just super. They do have some womens' shirts.




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Date: 12/16/10 8:06 PM

I'd recommend reading through Pam Erny's blog: Off-the-Cuff. Pam makes custom men's shirts, but occasionally she makes herself something wonderful, too. Her blog includes lots of tips on patterns, fabric, interfacing, techniques, etc.

My favorite shirt patterns tend to be long and straight cut...aka boxy...because I am...boxy. I'm probably not a good source of info on something more shapely. However, KwikSew produces some very good shirt patterns, and there are still some Stretch and Sew patterns out there that produce nice, tailored results. Both these brands include pretty good instructions, too.

To save your current project, you might consider adding a bit of shaping with long vertical darts in both the front and back. I hate to see blood, sweat and tears go to waste.

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Date: 12/16/10 8:10 PM

Quote: Karla Kizer
I'd recommend reading through Pam Erny's blog: Off-the-Cuff. Pam makes custom men's shirts, but occasionally she makes herself something wonderful, too. Her blog includes lots of tips on patterns, fabric, interfacing, techniques, etc.



My favorite shirt patterns tend to be long and straight cut...aka boxy...because I am...boxy. I'm probably not a good source of info on something more shapely. However, KwikSew produces some very good shirt patterns, and there are still some Stretch and Sew patterns out there that produce nice, tailored results. Both these brands include pretty good instructions, too.



To save your current project, you might consider adding a bit of shaping with long vertical darts in both the front and back. I hate to see blood, sweat and tears go to waste.

i only made the muslin, so its not so much of a waste. It would require alot of darts and details on my part to make it a wow factor.

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Date: 12/16/10 8:22 PM

Quote: RockNRoll
I am working on MC CALLS 5052, but I seriously hate these directions. It has a the ugliest shape to it. Very squareNeed something easy and fast I can bang out quick that is more shapely.










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There are a number of patterns out there that have a nice shape to them, but the shaping can be added in a variety of ways. One would be princess seams, which can extend to the shoulder...or to the armhole. I prefer an armhole princess seam, I think that that fits the best. A good one is view D of Butterick 5526

A second option is a shirt with darts; a bust dart and waist darts will give nice shape. You could use something like McCalls 5138.

Another option would be a top that combines methods: McCall 5522. Here you have the curved seams like a princess seamed top on the bottom of the shirt, but the bust fullness is added using gathers (in the place of a dart).

From there you will need to determine what way in which you prefer the shirt to be finished. Do you want a collar with a stand? Or do you want a facing and rever, like a "camp shirt?"

I personally do not like facings in a shirt like this and prefer a front placket and collar stand. But all the options are out there.

Also, don't overlook Kwik Sew patterns. Their illustrations are often deceptively frumpy....but their drafts and instructions are excellent.

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