Austin's Dress Shirt

Project Description

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. 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!

What you will need

  • 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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