Cheryl Lemmons on

Austin's Dress Shirt

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The Classic Tailored Shirt taught by Pam Howard

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Men
Style Traditional, Classic
Cheryl Lemmons on

What materials did you use? The pattern was mostly self-drafted (used draping method). Collar band, collar, sleeves and cuff were borrowed from Vogue 8759. Italian cotton purchased from Fabrique Fabrics in Plano, TX. Pro-Woven Shirt Crisp interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply.

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What are you most proud of? The finishing details. Most of the top-stitching is very neat. I'm especially happy with the pocket. AND . . . the fact that I actually drafted most of a pattern (draped the body, starting with the yoke). This is the first time my son has worn a dress shirt that the shoulder seams were where they should be, and the sleeves weren't way too long. Looks like I'll be making more of these. While the construction of the collar and collar band was good, the fit needs some refinement. And I want to experiment with sleeve construction more. I would like for one of the pleats to be a little deeper.

Cheryl Lemmons on

What advice would you give someone starting this project? First, do not try this without enrolling in Pam's class first. The things she knows and teaches cannot be figured out on your own. And follow her instructions to the letter. Second, buy extra fabric (thankfully, I did), especially if you are drafting your pattern. I had to recut the sleeves (should have solved that problem in the muslin, but I didn't). Third, buy good quality fabric. It will be a pleasure to work with, although you'll have to resist the temptation to just hem the edges and make a bed sheet out of it (this Italian cotton was so soft). Loved it. Fourth, don't get in a hurry. Remember that story about the tortoise and the hare? Give it time and your full attention. Thank you, Pam. Wonderful class!

Cheryl Lemmons on

He really looks handsome in that beautiful shirt. Wonderful job Cheryl ! I also admire that you self drafted the pattern, wish I could do that. Although I learned pattern drafting in school long long time ago, and wasn't very interested that time, because I just loves Burda patterns from the magazine, and it's so much easier to trace them out. Are you a member to Burdastyle ? You could show off your talent over there too, I'm sure you would quickly gain some friend, I'll be the first. I'm promoting Craftsy classes on that site whenever I make something.

06/12/2013 Flag

Great looking shirt (and the model too). Great advice as well!

06/12/2013 Flag

Hi Cheryl, Wow! This shirt is very impressive! And you drafted it yourself? Great job on the drafting, and your construction is spot on:-)) I'm sure that your son is very happy with his custom made shirt, and can't wait to get more of them. Thanks so much for posting your pictures! I really appreciate your kind words. Pam

06/13/2013 Flag

Well done Cheryl. The shirt looks very professional and fits your son very well. Now I'm inspired to try this on my own. I've sewn a dress shirt for my husband before but it never turned out as beautifully as yours. You're absolutely right when you advise working with high quality fabric. It's so much more rewarding to work with. I plan to enroll in the shirt making class soon.

06/14/2013 Flag

You're amazing Cheryl!

06/14/2013 Flag