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Shirt sewing class on Craftsy
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Date: 10/25/12 3:32 PM

I signed up for this class and thought it was very good for anyone learning to make a basic shirt.
Linda is very thorough and goes over all aspects of making the shirt.

Another good sewing class from Craftsy.

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Date: 10/26/12 6:29 AM

Hi Ada, is it for intermediate sewers? I looked at it, but I was wondering if it was above my skill level.

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Date: 10/26/12 7:30 AM

I am searching for a class that details the construction of shirt collars and how to attach them. To what degree does this class address collars?

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Date: 10/26/12 9:26 AM

Sandi, I cannot speak to what techniques are shown in the Craftsy Class, but FWIW...I am a professional Custom Shirtmaker and have many Shirt tutorials on my blog. This recent one, Perfect Collar Points, a ShirtMaker's Secret Technique you may have already seen...to my surprise it's practically gone viral!

Way back in 2008 I showed the timeless classic techniques that many/most Custom-Shirtmakers have used for ages to attach the stand to the collar, and the then the collar to the shirt neckline, with no lumps, puckers or bumps--

Attaching Stands to the Collar

Attaching Collar to Shirt Neck-edge

In the future I will be re-writing these techniques for magazine articles and in more blog posts showing other shirt-making techniques that are used every day in Custom-Shirtmaking shops like mine. In the meantime, perhaps you will find these linked techniques useful.

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Date: 10/26/12 9:39 AM

Thank you so much, Pam. I have saved your tutorials for future use. They are so clear and easy to understand. I cannot find any RTW blouses that I like and now I am encouraged to try and sew my own.
Thanks for sharing.

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Date: 10/26/12 1:30 PM

Quote: Pam~Off The Cuff~
Sandi, I cannot speak to what techniques are shown in the Craftsy Class, but FWIW...I am a professional Custom Shirtmaker and have many Shirt tutorials on my blog. This recent one, Perfect Collar Points, a ShirtMaker's Secret Technique you may have already seen...to my surprise it's practically gone viral!



Way back in 2008 I showed the timeless classic techniques that many/most Custom-Shirtmakers have used for ages to attach the stand to the collar, and the then the collar to the shirt neckline, with no lumps, puckers or bumps--



Attaching Stands to the Collar



Attaching Collar to Shirt Neck-edge



In the future I will be re-writing these techniques for magazine articles and in more blog posts showing other shirt-making techniques that are used every day in Custom-Shirtmaking shops like mine. In the meantime, perhaps you will find these linked techniques useful.




Hi Pam

I will be making my first jacket with a collar soon.

I'm only familiar with making T-shirts and Jeans and looking forward to making my first jacket with collar.

My question is..Are the steps basically the same when making a collar shirt as a collar Jacket ?

Thanks for your time
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Date: 10/26/12 3:43 PM

Hi Rainer....

Yes this method works with any collar..or any other pointed or "squared off" area you may encounter when you are constructing a garment (lapels, etc..though there are other methods that work in these areas as well). I often use the "thread-loop method" for hard to turn waistband ends...so that they are perfectly straight and sharp at the corners instead of blunt.

In Shirtmaking, the "thread loop" method is very fast, as it can all be done at the machine. Did you know that most shirtmakers (even the men) have longer than usual thumb nails? Not absurdly long (though on the men it looks a bit strange). That's because we do so much "finger-presssing" of the seams, and creasing/turning flat-fell seams by hand...and then press with an iron before the top-stitching is done. I chose to show the step-by-step method in the tutorial, following the usual steps that most home-sewists are familiar with.

In fact, you can easily tell Professional Shirt-Makers from even the most experienced "sewing teachers" (except the teachers trained by Islander Sewing Systems). Professional Shirtmakers rarely if ever use any pins at all or any special marking methods (tailor-tacks, etc.) because we have learned how to hold and manipulate the fabric (even flat-felled seams and sleeve plackets), with our fingers and hands..and how we draft the patterns in the first place.

It is these 'tricks of the trade' that make your sewn garments go from "Gee, did you make that outfit?" to "Wow, you must have paid a fortune for that outfit!"

My Tailoring Apprenticeship lasted several years...and was very hard work, but it was worth every minute. Afterwards, over the course of the 25+ years that I've used these many methods in my own shop, I refined them to suit my own professional and personal sewing needs and style. And when I have the time, I am happy to share what I learned.

OMGosh! I apologize for my digression here about technique, etc...I am very passionate about both of my Sewing Businesses-- Shirtmaking, and...manufacturing Interfacing (a fascinating subject I cannot get into on this forum...advertising rules, etc).

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Date: 10/26/12 4:18 PM

WOW Thanks for the chock full of info in your post..very helpful and will for sure follow your blog .

I'm a litlle wacky when it comes to sewing and most other things ..for someone like me ( Advanced Beginner ) I like to try the hardest technigue first and keep at until I learn it.

Creates many headaches and time consuming but I look at it this way..When I do learn it I know it's going to be really good so that keeps me going....besides ..I like the challenge.

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Date: 10/26/12 4:32 PM

Patti,
I think it would be good for anyone who has done any garment sewing. In the video Pam said it was for intermediate sewers, but I think it would be good for advanced beginners.

What I liked about it is you can see how Pam handles the fabric and how she moves her hands to do a technique. She explains why she is doing it a certain way.

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Date: 10/26/12 4:35 PM

SandiMacD
Yes, she does explain how to sew a shirt collar...
The class starts with cutting out the fabric, applying interfacing and goes thru each process of shirt construction.

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