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The Classic Tailored Shirt

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The Classic Tailored Shirt
Roll up your sleeves and make a perfectly tailored shirt with the help of expert shirtmaker Pam Howard.

If you know your way around a sewing machine and are ready to tackle truly tailored garments, Pam Howard is the teacher for you. With patient and thorough lessons, she leads you through the creation of the classic dress shirt, from layout and cutout to topstitching and flat-felling (no special sewing machine foot required). With its crisp collar, even buttonholes and perfectly turned cuffs, your shirt will look as professional as the skills you've acquired. While this class is intended for intermediate sewers, even beginners will come away with a better understanding of the craft and a project to work toward. Sew a flawlessly finished wardrobe staple and add finesse to your skills!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • A bespoke shirt is a luxury you'll be able to afford once you learn the skills to sew your own! Meet Pam Howard, your guide on this sewing adventure.


Lesson 2. The Anatomy of a Shirt

  • Learn the features of a tailored shirt and consider your fabrics. Pam discusses how to choose and adjust a pattern, and discusses the right interfacing and notions for the job.


Lesson 3. Lay Out, Cut Out

  • Learn how the pros match stripes, prints and plaids and deal with fabric with a texture or obvious diagonal pattern. Lay out and cut your pattern pieces and mark with tailor's tacks.


Lesson 4. Shirt Front Option

  • If you want to add front and side darts for a more fitted shirt, Pam shows you how to mark, sew and press them.


Lesson 5. Shirt Fronts

  • Sew your front button bands for a crisp and precise look, then attach a pocket.


Lesson 6. Shirt Back & Shoulders

  • Pam shares her "yoke trick" for a neat and properly fitted shirt. Add a double yoke to the back and attach it at the shoulders to the front pieces.


Lesson 7. Collar & Band

  • A well-made collar looks spiffy but takes skill to assemble and attach to the shirt. Pam shows how to hand-stitch and press, fixing a common mistake along the way.


Lesson 8. Sleeve Plackets & Cuffs

  • Well-made cuffs are important for both appearance and comfort. In this lesson, you'll sew the sleeve placket and prepare the cuff pieces.


Lesson 9. Setting In the Sleeves

  • Shoulders are tricky but you can do it! Learn about marking, fitting and pressing shoulders, and both finger-felled and flat-felled seams.


Lesson 10. Pleats & Cuffs

  • Sewing and turning the cuffs is a combination of origami and alchemy. It's like magic!


Lesson 11. Buttons, Hems & Finishing

  • Your hems will be neat and you'll never lose a button. Pam shares tailoring secrets for even buttonholes, accurate top- and edge-stitching and the all-important final press.


Lesson 12. Variations on a Theme

  • Once you know these techniques, your shirt options are limitless! Pam shows some of the many variations on the classic tailored shirt that she has sewn.

"Pam is a wonderful teacher. She is clear and precise. I love this class. I want to make shirts for my husband and sons. I've always wanted to do it and had attempted once without good results but I now know where I went wrong, thanks to this class. I love her teaching style."
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