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men's shirt making

When I met with Melinda before Christmas she told me about a men's shirt she had made, and I decided it would be nice to try making a shirt for Geoff.

I once bought a men's shirt pattern by one of the major pattern companies and when I cut out the pieces, I realized that even the smallest size would be far too blouse-like and would require more alterations than I am capable of making. Melinda mentioned the men's shirt pattern book she had used, which I ordered; it arrived yesterday. I am excited about trying, even though I know it will be a challenge. At least I can use the instructions from the pattern I bought last year -- a shirt is a shirt, right?







I know it would come in handy with all the Japanese sewing books I have, but this book in particular makes me wish I could read Japanese. So many details!

27 comments:

  1. I really want to know how this works out! I would LOVE to make K a cute shirt like this!

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  2. that's quite an undertaking! YOU CAN DO IT.

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  3. Ahhh! and i thought the japanese dress book was complicated! i must commend you anabela. i can't wait to see the final product. i also like your fabric choice.
    it would be nice if i could make john a shirt, but ties are good too, especially fieldguided ones! :)

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  4. I almost bought this book some time ago, but ended up with another book for dresses, because I have this idea that men's clothes are much more difficult to make.
    I hope I have the wrong idea, because my husband is always asking me to make him clothing and I just make excuses to avoid it.

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  5. Aren't Japanese sewing books amazing? Best of luck to you. I have yet to be so bold.

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  6. I can't wait to see how it turns out! The fabrics look great! Good luck! xo

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  7. Hey guys, thanks for the encouragement! I hadn't realized it but Melinda posted a picture of the shirt she made here. Amazing!

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  8. Love the fabric you picked. I'm sure it will turn out wonderfully.

    Have you ever read:
    Shirtmaking by David Page Coffin? I swear he makes shirtmaking an easily understandable art form. I highly recommend it even for just basic shirtmaking techniques. He goes really in-depth with all the little details and custom fitting shirts. It helped me out alot when I first started making clothes(all those years ago).

    Best of luck!

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  9. I'm sure it will come out looking the handsomest!

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  10. I was actually going to recommend the David Page Coffin book, as well! I signed it out from the Markham library last year and sort of only read it in a cursory way, but from what I remember, he was really opinionated on what looks cheaply made/not cheaply made, and touches on a lot of reasons why shirt anatomy is the way it is (and explains a lot of the variations you can find in collars or cuffs or yokes or what have you). It's also actually cool because there was a considerable bit devoted to modifying the patterns to make women's blouses.

    Good luck!

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  11. woah! awesome anabela. i remember a few years ago seeing the shirt that elly made for her husband and immediately went out and bought the same pattern for nathan... i plan on finally making it this year (it's just that button holes & buttons freak me out!)

    good luck, lady!

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  12. Nice! I really admire you, shirts have always intimidated me - ditto, Japanese sewing books. I have major faith in you, though - and credit you for inspiring me to *finally* alter some of my boyfriend's shirts. (He's been asking me to hem/take them in for ages!)

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  13. I've seen that book in the shops but I ended up not buying it. Sewing a man's shirt seems like such a big challenge!

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  14. How exciting! I, too, will be waiting to see the finished product.

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  15. you should make him all of those shirts on the cover so he can wear them at the same time when we play air hockey

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  16. ah you're so sweet. my husband keeps asking me to make him a suit. does he have any idea how hard it is to make a suit?? menswear is definitely not my area- too many sleeves and collars and things;) good luck and can't wait to see the results!

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  17. I remember seeing this book in a store somewhere and it looked really great! Even if you can't read Japanese, they are usually pretty easy to follow along with because the pictures are so detailed. Good luck, can't wait to see the finished product ;)

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  18. Oh that sounds so neat! Make sure you post it when you finish.

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  19. oh this is going to be so great, mostly because then you can wear geoff's shirt.

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  20. That's going to be a great looking shirt for sure. I saw there were some shirt-making books recommended [which I'm definitely going to be checking out] but another that is pretty good is "A Guide to Fashion Sewing" by Connie Amaden-Crawford, maybe you've heard of it though. It covers step by step instructions on how to sew just about anything as well as some pretty standard sewing order of operations stuff. Good luck, can't wait to see the finished shirt!

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  21. Good luck with your shirt! :)

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  22. good luck! wish i could give some helpful advice, but me and sewing machine don't always see eye to eye :)

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  23. Oh wow Ive been wanting that book for a LONG time! It looks so great!

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  24. Anonymous30.9.10

    Hey there,
    I am about to buy this book, but I have a question for you: Does this book actually have the patterns to make a shirt? I noticed that its most in Japanese and not sure if it has pattern or even shows you how to make a shirt. I hope to get some feedback from you.
    Thank you,
    Mark

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  25. It is in Japanese but it has patterns as well as illustrations. If you have a sewing background you should be okay. Just remember that Japanese sewing books don't include seam allowances in their patterns.

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  26. Anonymous3.10.10

    Great. Thank you very much, Anabela. Btw, thats a great blog. Congrats!

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