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Pattern Reviews> McCall's> 4079 (Classic Fit Three Hour Shirt)

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Reviewed by:Bonny Dune

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Posted on:3/22/10 1:41 AM
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Hilary said... (6/16/10 7:24 PM) Reply
Love the shirt!!~thanks for taking the time to complete such a thorough review! I'll definitely pick this one up!
Hilary said... (6/16/10 3:22 PM) Reply
Love the shirt!!~thanks for taking the time to complete such a thorough review! I'll definitely pick this one up!
renren said... (3/22/10 11:43 PM) Reply
Based on this excellent review I have added you to my list of favorite reviewers (yes, the review is that good! Great looking shirt and this pattern's coming home with me next sale!
FreyaStark said... (3/22/10 5:48 PM) Reply
A nice shirt, and thanks for a useful review. I'm glad you drew attention to the timing detail. I think the timing giving on patterns is misleading for beginners and inexperienced seamstresses. Making a garment can take much longer if you include altering the tissue, cutting out and fitting.
Bonny Dune said... (3/22/10 1:51 PM) Reply
Usually sewers who make this shirt complain that it takes much longer then three hours to make. I just wanted to point out what the three hours refers to, and to say don't let that turn you off. This is a great pattern and it deserves some accolades. Yes I did sew down the front edge. The guy who got the shirt requested that, and we all know the customer is always right. The slight curve does not effect the stripes at all. Sorry the shirt is more then 3000 miles away so I won't be getting anymore photos of it.
voet said... (3/22/10 1:20 PM) Reply
Thanks, Bonny Dune, for a great review. I sew many men's shirts, but I have never tried this pattern. I will have to pick it up. I like the French front on shirts, although I still use a button placket occasionally--it really depends on the shirt. One thing I noticed on your shirt is that you stitched down the folded edge of the front. I have a ready to wear Italian linen shirt that I bought in New York a number of years ago. They did not stitch down the folded edge. There was some light interfacing on the top front (left for men, right for women) inserted between the folds and they probably helped to hold it in place but no interfacing on the button side of the shirt. The buttons and the button holes were all that held things in place. It gives a really dressy appearance. I was also curious to see how the slight curve of the cuff worked with the stripes. It appears to work OK, although I would like to see that in more detail. Regarding the 3 hours to make the shirt. Professional shirt makers can make a shirt in that amount of time. However, as you correctly noted, they do not count the time to cut out the shirt, because in a commercial environment, that is done by a cutter. As you correctly pointed out, it takes time to cut out a shirt, especially when matching stripes or prints. The young man modeling your shirt seems really happy with it.
Dynamo said... (3/22/10 11:49 AM) Reply
Thank you for such a great review. Although I've been sewing for years I have just started taking a dressmaking class and so much of what you have said are things that my teacher has pointed out to us about what makes for a good pattern. Newbies often just assume they are at fault if something doesn't turn out .. doesn't occur to us that the pattern may be to blame! I will pick up this pattern next time McCall's goes on sale.
Bonny Dune said... (3/22/10 11:17 AM) Reply
Oh I have that DVD, I have everything he puts out.
Nancy Rhodes said... (3/22/10 10:07 AM) Reply
Great review Great results.. You will have a sewing-porn movie if you watch DPC's shirt making video... so if you have not run to the library and grab a copy and settle in for some fun. His pants book/DVD is great too, but you can't just watch it end to end. I too have a DPC crush... Lets start a fan club!
Peter in NYC said... (3/22/10 8:25 AM) Reply
Great looking shirt!
no7262 said... (3/22/10 6:51 AM) Reply
You really have written a wonderful review! Thank you for all the great info! Nora :)
zuzu_petal said... (3/22/10 6:17 AM) Reply
Killer review. Thanks so much. Oh, and the shirt looks great, too!
Terri A said... (3/22/10 2:56 AM) Reply
Wow! What a review! Thanks:-)
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