|Pattern Description: Classic men's dress shirt|
Pattern Sizing:Started with a Islander size Med, and customized the fit for my DH
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?No
Were the instructions easy to follow?Wrote my own instructions
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?OK starting point
Fabric Used:Gorgeous (expensive!!) 100% cotton English shirting, from Nancy's Sewing Basket in Seattle. The fabric is a white, sage green, and black plaid. I have made many shirts for my DH, but this fabric was the nicest cotton shirting I have ever worked with.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Oh goodness, hopefully this is a complete list, as I have adjusted/tweaked this pattern many times over the past few years to arrive at it's current incarnation.
Collar: 1) added a bit of width and shaping to the back collar edge to fully cover the collar stand, 2) converted the collar to a "1-piece" collar to eliminate front collar edge seam, and 3) lengthened the collar points to match RTW button-down shirt styles.
Yoke: 1) added a slight curve to bottom armscye edge
Sleeve: 1) lengthened sleeve, 2) reduced sleeve width, and 3) added to the sleeve cap SA so I could create RTW sleeve insertion finish technique, drafted new upper and under sleeve placket to copy RTW sizes, shape, and stitching technique
Cuff: 1) drafted pattern piece to copy RTW size/shape
Right Front: 1) tapered side seam for fitting, 2) reduced armscye to match sleeve reduction, 3) increased buttonhole placket width to copy RTW (1.5 inch), and 4) drafted front so the placket was "cut-on" rather than stitched on as a separate piece
Left Front: 1) tapered side seam for fitting, 2) reduced armscye to match sleeve reduction, 3) increased button placket width to copy RTW (1 inch) , and 4) drafted front so the placket was "cut-on" rather than stitched on as a separate piece
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to make many more shirts for my DH, as he is now thoroughly spoiled and will only wear custom-fit shirts. They are fun AND challenging to make, and I will probably never quit enjoying this process!
Conclusion: I LOVE making shirts. They are technical, precise, and a challenge to get everything "just right". This kind of sewing is all about the details. Topstitching needs to be absolutely straight. Interfacing needs to be crisp and firm. Upper and under sections need to match perfectly. And since shirts are stitched at 20-22 stitches to the inch, ripping is no fun at all! I credit David Page Coffin, Kathleen Fasanella, Jacque Goldsmith, & Nordstrom RTW for all their shirt-making teaching and tricks. I have taken classes, read books, ripped apart RTW shirts - and all this knowledge/practice has resulted in some darn fine looking shirts. I would never tell anyone that fine shirt-making is easy - but it is definitely achievable. Give it a try!!