|Pattern Description: |
Men's shirts with collar and collar band, front band, pockets and sleeve variations.
Small Medium Large. I made the small, view E. I made this shirt to replace the 'boyfriend' shirt I bought in Wyoming years ago and wore out. Hence the choice of a men's pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Two part sleeve on a shirt! Why? The second sleeve seam is entirely unnecessary and is exactly where cuff plackets go. Had I realised this aforehand, I would have merged the two sleeve tissue parts together and cut one regular shirt sleeve.
Having said that, this shirt sleeve was the easiest sleeve to insert on earth. I couldn't believe how fast it went in - no machine or hand-basting for sleeve easing, it all slipped in superfast with pins only. (wow!)
I also like the pocket and flap patterns: the flap is slightly angled so that it sits exactly a couple of mm outside the pocket width.
Another modification I'd make if I sew this again: I would trim both fronts and backs down to the yoke seam lines, so that the shoulders only have the usual two layers sewn together. Pattern makes you sew yokes to fronts and back, then offer up FOUR layers for shoulder seam. With misgivings, I sewed those four layers, but since it's only a denim overshirt and not for a competition, it's ok.
Pattern suggests you make up and add the collar and collar stand last, even after sewing up the hem. Who on earth would do the most visible, trickiest part, last? As usual, I added the collar and stand straight after sewing the shoulder seams.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Added my own cuff plackets. I love proper cuff plackets. I also added snaps instead of buttons.
I reversed the procedure for attaching button bands (as described in a thread elsewhere).
Would you recommend it to others?