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Vintage Joan
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Date: 6/9/11 9:38 PM

I notice on the Burda men's shirt patterns I have that the ease in the chest ranges from 4" (on a pattern that's supposed to be pretty slim-cut) to at least 6". Isn't this quite a bit of ease? My son likes slim-cut shirts, so I'm just checking... how much ease do most slimmer-cut men's shirts have?

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Date: 6/10/11 0:31 AM

Perhaps the best way to determine how much ease your son like in his shirts is to measure a RTW shirt that he like to wear - i.e comfortable with the fit. Then you can either add more ease into the pattern or delete the ease.

As for a 'standard' ease - I am not sure there really is one. There is an ease for movement (obviously you don't the garement skin tight) but design ease I think is subjective and thus can alter from pattern to pattern and from pattern company to pattern company.

One of the great aspect about sewing is that we can make the garment with as much ease or as little as we want!

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Date: 6/10/11 8:45 AM

On the shirt pattern that I've refined pretty well over several iterations, I have about 3" on a 45in. chest.

I think the most important thing about a slim fit is the way it fits through the waist. RTW dress shirts have about a foot of ease in the waist.

If you can get it to fit comfortably at the shoulders and the collar, you can probably take in the side seams to give him the slim-fitting look he wants.

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Subject: Mens shirts Date: 6/10/11 9:56 AM

Men's shirts are all over the place when it comes to ease. I'd say that whatever you like is what's right

And yes you can take in the side seams to slim it up, too as well as adding back darts. Perry Ellis has a couple of shirts on their website with back darts, so I figure if its good enough for them I'm going to give it a try on the next shirt I make for DS



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Date: 6/10/11 10:21 AM

OK, thanks -- this is all very helpful. My son lives pretty far away, so I can't measure any of his shirts, but I guess I could get him to measure the chest and waist on a shirt that he likes. (I'm not sure he's ever measured a garment width, so this is going to be experimental...)

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Date: 6/10/11 8:47 PM

Joan ask him what brand and size of shirt fits him best, then head to the store with your own tape measure.

I have a very slim son who is long in the body. He fits in Espirit brand shirts quite well.

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Date: 6/10/11 10:23 PM

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Joan ask him what brand and size of shirt fits him best

I'd be amazed if he's ever bought a shirt by brand, or really if he even noticed shirts had brands. I'm guessing for size he'd probably reply "medium might be a bit big... maybe small, I don't know." I might have more luck with this if I worded it as a computational problem requiring him to verify the input data, lol.

My daughter's boyfriend is roughly the same build, so the other thought might be to ask her to measure one of her dbf's shirts.

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Date: 6/11/11 8:37 AM

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I have a very slim son who is long in the body. He fits in Espirit brand shirts quite well.

Michelle, is this brand sold at a major Canadian department store -- Sears, for example? I could take some measurements there.

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Date: 6/14/11 2:48 AM

Another pattern you may want to check out is: GENLEMEN CON 101 by Mary Jo Hiney and Josh Hiney. I bought it at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup this tear. It's a wonferful shirt all my DS's and DH want this shirt made. It is a shirt pattern for the modern man.... Inside reads: Gentlemen Con 101 is a modern fit shirt with several accent pockets and a rounded collar on a traditional neckband. Pockets can be considered as optional, although the pockets make the shirt. The first pocket is a single welt located on the left front yoke. The second is a hidden front pocket on the left front, which is covered with a buttoned flap. The third is the gentleman con trademaqrk Napoleon pocket, located on the binside of the left front at the left yoke seamline. This is a slim cut shirt. the web address: www.maryjohineydesigns.com
I can't remember how much I paid but, I think it was around 20 or 25 dollars. Hope this can help some.

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