|Pattern Description: |
This iconic shirt style celebrates classic American work-wear, and is designed for medium to light weight shirt fabrics
like chambray denim, heavy washed linen, narrow or baby-wale corduroy, soft flannels, or lightweight denims.
Semi-relaxed-fit old-school-style work shirt has a front button band, a back yoke, and asymmetric chest patch pockets. 2-piece shirt collar features an extended stand with two buttonholes; full-length sleeves have a classic buttoned cuff and placket, with an optional top-stitched detail at the elbow length. Shirt finishes with a shirt-tail hem with side seam gussets; the contrast top-stitching, bar-tacking and button details are optional, but highly recommended.
Hard-working and hard-wearing, this great style makes for a perfect everyday work-shirt, but is also just right for wearing when all you want is to look hearbreaking-ly cool.
Multi - sized like regular men's shirts. I made the 16 1/2
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes, completely
Were the instructions easy to follow?
yes. I highly recommend having some shirt making resources, though, if you've never made a men's shirt. I used the Islander Sewing DVD, Shirts, etc. as well as David Coffins shirtmaking book/dvd. These resources will help you understand how to make your collar points perfect, how to set in your collar so it's looks RTW, proper pressing, etc.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the unique, high-end designer style.
This was a kit I purchased from Hotpatterns a while ago - fabric, buttons, and pattern all together. The fabric is a deep indigo colored chambray.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
none. If I sew another for my husband, I will size it down. He likes to wear the "fitted" style dress shirts since he's very broad in the shoulders and his waist is comparatively smaller - more tapering is better for him. But, that said, even though it's roomy, it still fits well in his shoulders and back and I think it looks great on him.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes - I love making shirts. They're time consuming at first, but after making a few you'll breeze along.
This will take some time to do all the detail top-stitching, but it is absolutely worth the effort. I have a special foot for my sewing machine called a "bi-level topstitch foot" that makes the top-stitching SO much easier. I highly recommend having one.
I love finding stylish men's patterns! Hotpatterns is fantastic!
Front view click here
Back view click here
Pocket 1 click here
Pocket 2 click here
Close up of collar click here