|Colette Patterns: 1014 (Negroni) - Type:Mens - Shirts |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
For men that like a classic, slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut, this shirt pattern is just the thing. The instructions will guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Subtle details include a convertible collar (also known as a "camp collar") and midcentury style collar loop detail.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. The arms may be proportioned a bit differently, but that's just because I wasn't sure how much to shorten them and shortened them from the bottom after I finished the plackets. Next time I'll shorten them properly
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is my first time making menswear and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing at all. But, I used both the instructions and the very helpful sew-along posts from the Male Pattern Boldness blog. Between both of them I finished the shirt, which I wasn't sure would happen So I'd have to say they are good.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a great shirt. No dislikes to speak of. I couldn't get the plackets perfect but I don't know if that has anything to do with the method the pattern called for to make them or not.
Vintage cotton, which gave it more of a 70's look than I was going for. I added wood buttons.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the sleeves 2 1/4 inches. Next time I'd shorten them 2 inches though. It seems to be just a bit small at the top collar area when buttoned up all the way. I'm not sure how to fix this, so I may invest in a good shirtmaking book. I also couldn't find a small button to go with the collar loop so the loop is just hanging out up there all alone. I'll probably just eliminate the loop next time.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am planning to make it again in a bit more lightweight fabric and I totally recommend it to others. I was going along quite well until I got to the flat-felled seams. I gave up after a few tries as it was just really hard for me to keep them even, especially down the sleeves. I just used a regular zigzag stitch to finish them for this first time and I'll try flat felling again later.
I also recommend the tutorial on turning collars without using a pointy object available here. http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.hk/2012/10/perfect-collar-pointsa-shirtmakers.html I wasn't satisfied with the first collar I made and used this tutorial for my second try. It came out much better.
It's really fun to make clothes for others and see them get excited about their new things. I'd like to try more menswear patterns.
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