Shirtmaking Workbook review (1 of 1) Quite likely, if you are interested in sewing menswear, you will have heard of David Coffin by now.  If you haven't you will likely want to find out about him!  He is the author several books that could be considered essential resources within a menswear sewing library (or any sewing library for that matter).  Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing and Making Trousers for Men & Women: A Multimedia Sewing Workshop are both filled with excellent construction guides.  His newest book, which was just published this Spring, is called The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources.  David has taken a different approach to this volume on shirtmaking and has focused much of this book on design through the manipulation of pattern blocks.  While you would find his first book on shirtmaking to be very useful during the actual construction process of a button-up shirt, you would likely use his newest book as a reference and as inspiration during the planning process of your projects. Shirtmaking Workbook (1 of 15) David interviewed me well over a year ago during his research for the book and included a segment of this interview within the hardcopy book under the "Featured Designer" sections included within each chapter.  I was very flattered to be included amidst some extremely talented designers and tailors - how exciting!  Once the book was published, we were sent two copies - one which I've happily added to my library and one that I will be giving away to you!  (See details on the giveaway at the end of this post.)Shirtmaking Workbook (6 of 15) I have come across several extensive reviews of The Shirtmaking Workbook since it's publication date.  Be sure to check these ones out: Instead of reviewing the book completely, I'd like to talk about how I have been using this book within my studio and show you how it has been helping me as we begin the development of our upcoming menswear button-up shirt pattern (yay!). In order to become acquainted with the book when I first received it, I took it as my only reading material on a camping trip and read it systematically from cover to cover.  For this kind of book, this style of reading is just enough to glean some of the basic information - this book certainly warrants an in-depth, hands on approach!  For example, throughout the book there are symbols indicating online content that accompany each piece of written info.  While not all of this online content is available yet (the book was published earlier than expected), David is working doggedly on assembling it.  During my first reading I familiarized myself with David's approach to shirt patterns (he works with basic blocks that he manipulates into any style imaginable) and made note of what online content I might find interesting to explore right away.  I enjoyed the beautiful detail shots of ready-made garments that are profiled throughout the book to illustrate how certain collar styles, construction techniques and placket varieties can be integrated into shirt designs.  I carefully read the designer bios and, lastly, checked through the construction and pattern manipulation tips to see how they compare to my own practices. Shirtmaking Workbook (15 of 15) My second reading of the book is going to need to be far more hands on.  The book focuses a lot on the huge variety of collars and plackets that can be added to basic shirt blocks to create every design imaginable.  David has created full size collar and placket pattern pieces for every style that he discusses within the book.  These patterns are accessible online along with relevant construction information.  Once you have found the blocks that work best for you (David describes various approaches to doing this - one great one is to find your favorite existing pattern and simply use the main body pieces while switching out the collar, placket, pockets and any other design details whenever you want to achieve a new style of top), you can use these online pattern pieces to create your own shirt designs.  While I won't be using David's pattern pieces for our shirt pattern obviously, I look forward to examining their shapes and comparing the various collars to each other as a way of researching my preferences for our patterns.  I have found the section on dress collars to be especially helpful - David has systematically compared the subtle shape changes to the collar stand, undercollar and collar and explains how these three pieces relate to each other in a way that is far more straight forward than I have ever seen before!  He calls this "Dress Collar Geometry" and discusses the results of each pattern manipulation "experiment" very frankly and scientifically.  In order to fully assimilate all of this information I think it might be necessary for me to perform at least some of these experiments on my own while following along with the book - David recommends this hands on approach and I know, from my own experience, that this is the only way I will retain all of the information permanently! Shirtmaking Workbook (8 of 15) The third way that I hope to use this book is as a design inspiration reference.  David has used the book research process as an excuse to get his hands on all manner of vintage and designer garments so that he could photograph and analyze them.  Since I don't have the funds (or closet space!) to gather my own library of inspiration garments, I'm excited to be able to flip through the photos within this book and online whenever I am curious about ready to wear designer finishing techniques or fabric choices.  Would you like to see what the inside of a Swanndri Wool Bush Shirt looks like or would you like to examine the ingenious double layered sleeve of a Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser?  I have wanted to for years now!  David's photos and accompanying text tour are almost as nice as having these elite garments at my sewing table to examine on my own.Shirtmaking Workbook (12 of 15) Shirtmaking Workbook (14 of 15)   Now that I've told you how I plan to use this book, I better get busy actually using it!  I've downloaded a few of the collar varieties and look forward to comparing them with our own freshly drafted shirt collar today!  
    If you are interested in winning your own copy of The Shirtmaking Workbook, leave a comment below.  In your comment, I'd love for you to answer one of these questions to help me with my menswear button-up shirt pattern development:
  • What style and fit are you looking for in a menswear shirt pattern?
  • There are several men's button-up shirt patterns already on the market.  What elements are not included in them that you would like to see in a shirt pattern (A certain collar style? A certain placket style?  A certain fit? A certain level of detail within the instructions)?
  • Who do you plan to sew button-up shirts for? (i.e. the person's approximate age, their approximate body shape/size, or their style preferences)
No need to answer all of these questions or to write an essay!  I'd just love to hear your thoughts on menswear shirt patterns.  The giveaway will close on 9am (PST) Friday, July 24th.  A winner will be chosen at random from the comments on this blog post.  We will mail the book worldwide!  

Comments

Anja Burger-Kock

Anja Burger-Kock said:

Thanks for an amazing giveaway! I sew for my husband and the fit that looks best on him is what RTW brands call ‘natural fit’: slimmer than regular but straighter than skinny. Impossible to find in patterns! Also length is a real issue, so I’d love a pattern that I wouldn’t need to lengthen :) stylewise anything goes as far as my husband is concerned, he’s well in his thirties so classic and casual are all great! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, it’ll be amazing, I’m sure!

Marlise

Marlise said:

Hi Morgan, congratulations on being included in this book! It´s well deserved! I´m sewing quite a bit for my husband who is very tall and slim. I haven´t found a slim fitting shirt pattern yet so that would really interest me. I have made some shirts before, however only with short sleeves so far. Thanks for your work! Marlise

thimblenest

thimblenest said:

Wow — this sounds like a book I could be learning from for years! Congrats on the feature!

I mainly sew shirts for my husband; he prefers a button down shirt that is not slim-fit. A pattern that could run the gamut from super dressy to casual (based on different style options) would be perfect. My husband wears button shirts every day to work (as a welder)—he loves pockets with flaps and is a big fan of safari-type shirts (again because of all the pockets)!

SeamstressErin

SeamstressErin said:

Congratulations! That’s so exciting to be featured in the book!

If I were to sew for my husband I’d want a slim-fit shirt to start from. He has me take in every shirt that he buys at the waist but it often takes some prety elaborate darting to get them to fit like he wants.

fabrictragic

fabrictragic said:

Hi Morgan,don’t count me as an entry – it looks like a beautiful book but I just don’t think I’d use it! But am keen to give you my thoughts on shirts. My beloved has just turned 40 but is a young fit 40. He prefers a slimmer fit through the body, but the main issue we find with RTW shirts for him is the length – so many untuck themselves from his trousers! He loves the fit of Ben Sherman shirts. His perfect shirt would have a traditional collar and stand (I’ve made him several camp shirt styles), a slimmish fit, decent length. You’re never going to please everyone though! Look forward to seeing what you come up with – it will be wonderful I have no doubt!

bechem

bechem said:

So exciting Thread Theory was included in this amazing book! I would be sewing for by husband, who wears a size 41 shirt here in Australia. While he does wear business shorts for work, if I were to sew him a shirt it would a more “smart casual” style for weekends, etc. I’d love to see a slim fitting shirt with long sleeves (and sleeve tabs to roll up). A 2-part collar, as well. Modern & trendy & the perfect shirt to go with his Jedidiah shorts :)

Mandy Varelis

Mandy Varelis said:

I have two people I am looking for patterns for. The first is my tall, slim, muscler husband. He gets a good fit on slim fit dress shirts, but they’re always too short in the sleeves. And patterns are so often horribly boxy.

The second person is a woman who prefers man’s tailored shirts. She loves the shirts tailored for the Canadian women’s soccer team, but wants a choice of colours. She’s built more like a fifteen year old boy.

thisismoonlight

thisismoonlight said:

I love that you design for tall, athletic men as my hubs has trouble buying off the rack to fit his shoulders without swamping his waist. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Peet

Peet said:

I’ve also sewn Colette Negroni, 7 so far, for my partner. His preference is shirts with collar & stand so traced these from his fav shirt. Would love a slim fitting shirt with small-ish collar and stand and a pocket large enough to fit a small notebook. Maybe more sleeve options, tabs/buttons to roll up.

Jessica

Jessica said:

I sew for my 6’4" husband. He is rather slim but with broad arms and shoulders. He doesn’t like close fitting shirts…but i hate baggy ones on him. So its always a bit of a juggle to keep everyone happy

sarah121haras

sarah121haras said:

I would be sewing for my husband. While there are several mens’ button up shirts out there, none seem to have a slim fit too them. All of the ones I own are a regular loose fit. My husband (and myself) prefer the slim fit. I would love to see that happen!

Margery

Margery said:

I’ll be sewing for my husband and two sons, ages 16 & 18. I’ve made shirts for myself but now the guys are requesting them. Was planning to make a pattern from one that fits my husband well but it would be terrific to have this book as a guide. Thanks for reviewing it.

Lyn Marie

Lyn Marie said:

I’d love to be able to sew up a shift for my husband that is a little more European, slim fitting, but is long enough for him in the arms and body (he’s 6’4"). The poor man can’t buy anything off the shelf – so something that can be worn casually with the cuffs rolled up, paired with a great pair of jeans would be fabulous. There is such a lack of men’s PDF patterns it makes me insane (and I dislike tissue) so seeing something from Thread Theory to go along with his Peacoat would be divine ;)

RainDayPerson

RainDayPerson said:

Congratulations on being featured! I sew for three men: my teen son who is slim (and doesn’t have his man shoulders yet, my husband who has a rounded belly and short arms, and my father who is slim with long arms. In a pattern, I am looking for adjustment lines, darts to shape the back, and grading between sizes feasibility.

Zéphine

Zéphine said:

Yay, THAT’s the book I need to overpass my fear of men shirt making!
I plan to sew a shirt-sleeves shirt for my 30yo husband in a tribal cotton I bough in New-Caledonia 3 months ago, and I’m struggling to find the perfect pattern:
- fitted body, but not too slim. shaped with two darts on the back, with a small pleat for ease on top
- the “right” collar: not too big (hello 70’s!), not too small, but with a collar band adaptable to a Mao collar (my husband love them)
- lines for lengthening/shortening the body AND the sleeves (and a clear tutorial on how to do it)
- a curved bottom, slightly longer at the back.

And of course, as button up shirt seems (for me!) to be hard to sew, the instruction needs to be extra-clear, with a lot of schemes and pictures!

Renata

Renata said:

I sew shirts for my husband, and he loves wearing them, even though he works from home. His absolute favourite is one I made for him when I was just practicing, and even though it’s got a few mistakes – short placket, amateur buttonholes – he loves to wear it.
I think he would like a more casual shirt with an interesting detail, like a novel pocket, and maybe 2 different collars to choose from. A collar that looks beautiful when open would be great.
I know it’s a bit off topic, but I made him Jedediah shorts and it’s an absolute success! I really loved the detailed instructions and illustrations, and I was surprised, as a sewing instructor, to learn some new techniques! I made it very fast and it was a very pleasurable project. Thank you for the great products you are releasing.

dianne

dianne said:

I mostly like to sew for myself and I have been learning a lot about shirt construction lately. I Ve read some of David Coffin’s work before and it is really eye-opening, to tweak just tiny processes in construction makes all the difference. I would love to make more clothing for my partner but he is not a standard shape (only a few lucky people are, right?) as he is very muscular but with a belly, when he goes shopping for clothes, he quickly becomes demoralised and disappointed that the clothing does not fit well. Men’s ready to wear is very tailored to a slim body in most of the fashionable brands at the moment. I’ve noticed that there are few modern patterns available for men in the commercial marketplace (independents like Thread Theory are making that difference!) and most shirt patterns do not have a modern fit either. I would be looking for a fully adjustable pattern to allow a good, tailored fit.

Cate

Cate said:

I’m so pleased you’re adding a shirt pattern to your collection- THread Theory fit my husband (39) better than any other range. I would definitely make him a shirt. He dresses casually most of the time, so it would be worn untucked and I’d prefer it to have a collar stand (as opposed to a camp collar) and a slim but not tight fit.

Shayna

Shayna said:

I’d be sewing for my soon to be 30 year old husband. The main problem I’d like to fix in his shirts is the billowy back that comes from the pleat or gather at the yoke. That and cuffs that roll up well (no bunching). If he can roll them himself, even better!

shirleygirly

shirleygirly said:

It’s so cool that a lot of commenters are mentioning a slim shirt style because that’s what I’m yearning to make for my boyfriend (who is a wee guy in stature and breadth). I’ve been looking for a vintage or new pattern for months now, in a slim style with button down collar, with very much a Mod overtone (think The Beatles, Stones, Who, Small Faces). That’s because my boyfriend plays in a mod tribute band! :) I’ve not even made myself a shirt yet but have requests to make a mod men’s shirt for lots of guy pals if I can find the right pattern. Will be keeping a close eye out for your new release, not too hard when I live down island from you! :) Congrats on your participation in this book. What a validation of your ideas and hard work up to now!

Andrew Frain

Andrew Frain said:

Having read bits of this book I know it’s what I am missing as the menfolk in my home are requesting shirts and I am gearing up mentally to deliver on this.

Cynthia

Cynthia said:

I’m so glad you’re adding a button front shirt to your collection! I’ve sewn everyone of your patterns (save the underwear!) and love them. I sew all my husband’s shirts and have been collecting, altering, and sewing different patterns for the past 40 years. My husband is skinny and bony and likes his shirts loose and boxy. I started sewing for my new son-in-law about a year ago: he is wedge shaped and prefers the closer European cut. Both of the guys (and I) prefer a collar on a stand. As mentioned earlier, I like adding subtle details to the clothes I make that quietly distinguish them from s"tore-bought". For inspiration, I would recommend the books by Ryuichiro Shimazaki — his attention to detail is amazing. Can’t wait for your new pattern!

peachyseam

peachyseam said:

If love a slim fitting shirt with a collar stand. The person I’d sew for is tall and thin, but with fairly muscular shoulders/back/arms. The fitting is a little intimidating to me!

YMary

YMary said:

Excited for your button up pattern. I think I’d be looking for a pattern which is slim fit, also I much prefer fold-over plackets incorporated into the front pieces which are interfaced. Also patterns with collar stands are more what I’d look for in a mens shirt pattern.

Jen

Jen said:

I sew for my boyfriend, Matt. So far I’ve made Colette’s Negroni ( https://beansyb.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/matts-blue-negroni/ ). The Negroni shirt has a camp collar but I’d like to work with a more traditional collar or a Mandarin collar. I’m still pretty new to sewing so I prefer to have detailed instructions including how to finish seams.

And I love those wool flannel shirts! We need something like that for winter in Wisconsin

michelenel

michelenel said:

How exciting! I make shirts for my son and my hubby. Son (28) is very adventurous and outgoing whilst hubby (55) is very conservative so for me a great pattern would allow me to make a good variety of styles from slim fit to more formal business shirts with all different styles of collar from small knot to large knots and bow ties (my sons favourite and daily attire) ?. I don’t think I have seen, or have in my collection, a pattern that allows me this freedom. I also struggle to find information on interfacing to make really good and well wearing collars. I love to add splashes of collar in hidden places on hubbies shirts to lift them a little from boring workaday. I would also love to have a pattern with well written instructions in booklet form rather than huge sheets of paper! Good luck with the project – I can’t wait to see what you achieve….I too have a material, or two or three that need making up very shortly and I will go and take a look at his blog.

Janet

Janet said:

I would sew a casual shirt for my husband: 5’8" with a round tummy and fairly broad shoulders. He loves chambray.

Elvina Yong

Elvina Yong said:

I’d like to make a comfortable plaid button up for my boyfriend. I was thinking of modifying the Grainline Archer for him.

Jen

Jen said:

What an incredible book, it looks like an excellent resource.
I’m looking for a versatile shirt pattern that can be used for casual and more formal business shirts, slim/modern fit, stand collar and a couple of pocket options would be ideal.
I make menswear for my husband, so a longer than average sleeve length is always appreciated, in fact Thread Theory patterns are the only sleeves I haven’t had to add length too so thanks!!

Deb Cameron

Deb Cameron said:

I Would sew a shirt for my hubby who is of medium build but very broad, square shoulders, fitting can be challenging, I find I generally have to make a medium and then make the shoulders wider. However, I have a son on the cusp of being a teenager and what I find really missing from the market is interesting sewing patterns for this age range – they want their clothes to be funky, stylish and grown up. I am always on the lookout for different yoke details, collars, pockets, fastening styles, gems and sleeves/cuffs. Surely men’s shirts can be more interesting and still look masculine. :-)

deadlycraft

deadlycraft said:

Slim fit with a long body and loooong arms (my husband Nick). I would like to see smart/casual – he often wears short sleeved shirts to work as a kind of upgraded t-shirt..

rycrafty

rycrafty said:

I’d be sewing for my husband, who is small, but has large muscular shoulders and upper back – at least that’s what we’ve gathered from shirt-shopping! A size small will restrict movement in his upper back/upper arms, but at medium looks like he’s playing dress-up in daddy’s shirt. :) He likes interesting little details, like a different fabric in the yoke, or inside the cuffs, elbow patches. A couple of his shirts have the bottom 3" or so of the inside placket a different fabric, which is a fun hidden thing.

cynthiabaxter

cynthiabaxter said:

Although I’m female, I’ve always worn men’s shirts – since I worked in a fantastic vintage store doing alterations in my 20s. I also draft patterns and loved the 40s and 50s collars, so I drafted a few shirt patterns to get the collar and style i liked. I love to draft, sew and wear men’s style shirts and would LOVE to have this book! (I’m now over 60) thanks! Cynthia

Lucy

Lucy said:

That’s so cool that you’re in the book! I do actually want to sew a couple of shirts for my husband – he’s definitely a classic smart shirt kind of guy, slim-ish fit, proper collar with a stand and all. One thing that would be nice would be an option for the kind of fold-back cuffs you can wear cuff links with, as these are what he always chooses in shop-bought shirts. Although since the youngest started going through his drawers, he doesn’t have too many cuff links left hahaha…

Looking forward to seeing the new pattern when it’s ready ?.
X

Claire

Claire said:

I’d love a great quality shirt pattern, slim fitting with a stand collar and beautiful tailored details, with detailed, hand holdy instructions! Options for dealing with increasing collar size for wide necked gents would be great!

Virginia Wildeboer

Virginia Wildeboer said:

As I feel we are moving towards a more casual lifestyle, I feel that casual shirts with various placket and collar options would be worthwhile. I find that shirts that can also be changed to a Popover or Henley with different collars and placket options would be useful in deciding what style of shirt you would construct. Additionally, a shirt that can integrate fabric that is essentially woven only, or woven fabrics with a slight stretch component, eg stretch chambray. As I find that most people find woven shirts a bit to stiff in their everday use, a bit of stretch allows more movement in the fabric and hence in its use

Rox Guillemette

Rox Guillemette said:

I plan to sew for my boyfriend. He loves vintage shirts because they have weird and loud prints, but can’t always find them in his size or in good condition. I’d love to make him some proper shirts with a stand collar, cuffs and patch pockets with flaps, but in the crazy prints he so loves. A semi-fitted shirt is what looks best on him.

Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis said:

Please enter me in your contest. I plan on making a shirt for my man friend.

Diario de naii

Diario de naii said:

I sewed some shirts for my husband using his basic shirts. I’ve really just sewn for him to use on special occasions, luckily not for every day, but I would like to make them more confident and with clear instructions. I have no preference for any type, casual, slim fit, I have sewn a pair with mandarin collar and a normal neck. I’m glad to see more male patterns in the market with Thread Theory. Thanks for the giveaway!

lenaohlen

lenaohlen said:

I plan to sew a shirt for my husband. He is 71 years old, 180 cm tall, skinny but with rounded back and a small belly. I want the shirt to fit perfect. :)

JoChapeau

JoChapeau said:

I sewed already several shirts for my husband. He’s a little bit overweight, so I really like slim fit shirts to center his body. I also like to add several details in his shirt based om my basic pattern (piping on different places, little ribbons, color blocking, little changes in the cuffs, some parts of fabric in “biais”, placement of buttons, …), so he always has a different shirt. I look forward to your shirt pattern !

Amelie

Amelie said:

Uh I would love to win this book, I’ve been eyeing it since it came out.
Regarding your questions I guess you are designing a button up shirt next??? I would totally love that, because I’m not completely satisfied with the current men’s pattern. I would like a more fitted pattern for slim guy’s. Colette’s Negroni was great for beginning to sew men’s shirts, but I miss the button placket and a traditional collar with collar stand. I would also like two fit options: One which is more loose, for a casual work day and one which is fitted to wear with a suit.

sewtherainbow

sewtherainbow said:

I enjoy making shirts for myself age 54 and friends, I use a fairly basic pattern and usually alter parts of each one for variety of style. I love your comments about David’s book regarding collar styles.
I tend to change the look with different fabric panels, I would love to see some asymmetric styles, button band off centre.
looking forward to your pattern arriving.

Jana

Jana said:

Oh, that book looks lovely! I adore menswear, as I’m pretty sure you know by now, and I have a particular weakness for shirts. (:

I hope that “no need to write an essay” wasn’t supposed to mean: “please don’t write an essay!”—because as I said, I have a particular weakness for shirts, and I’m not a concise person even at the best of times. (;

I prefer a more “European” fit, as they often call it, meaning I want some waist shaping and not too much ease overall. The shirt is still supposed to be comfortable, not skin-tight, and to let the guy wearing it move freely, but I want some shape to it, and no huge, baggy sleeves! All the men I would be sewing shirts for (see below) are of the more casual shirt-wearing type, none of them would be likely to wear a tie with the shirts.

I definitely prefer a “proper” collar with a collar stand, not a “convertible” collar, even without a tie. My personal preference is for a collar of a decent size, with rather acute corners. (I’m a 70s gal when it comes to shirt collars!) I absolutely want a back yoke and either one pleat at centre back, or two pleats at the shoulders. I prefer a curved hem to a straight one, but don’t overdo the curve. I would love a pattern with options for short and long sleeves, and a proper tower placket on the long sleeve (with hand-holdy instructions with lots of diagrams, please!). I know I can cut off long sleeves to make short ones, but it’s fiddly to get the proportions right, so I would prefer a designer actually do that for me, thank you very much. (;

I have several men in my life who would love for me to make them some shirts!
The first would be my boyfriend, who is rather small (about 175cm, I think) and slender, he’s usually the smallest men’s size or smaller than that. He’s in his thirties and would love some good linen shirts for summer, particularly—and perhaps a nicer long-sleeved shirt or two for special occasions, to wear with the suit jacket I promised him … years ago? Ahem.
The second would be my dad, who is in his sixties and wears shirts quite regularly, but definitely the more casual kind of shirt (linen or cotton in black with some pattern, often, definitely not your typical white or light blue work shirt). I don’t think I’ve ever seen him wear a tie. He’s taller (about 184cm, I think?) and bigger than my boyfriend, but would still be in the smaller size range of a Big 4 men’s pattern, I am pretty sure. He has long arms, so often wears a bigger size than he needs because otherwise the sleeves would be too short and that’s worse than a baggy shirt.
The third would be my brother, who is also in his thirties and seems to only wear very casual short-sleeved shirts in summer. I’ve talked to him about what he wants in a shirt and he doesn’t really seem to care much about anything, he just wants a collar of a decent size and a fun fabric with a bold pattern. His size would probably be between my boyfriend’s and my dad’s, he is about as tall as my dad and has gained some weight lately. He used to be very slim, but he isn’t quite right now.
I think that of the three of them, only my dad tucks his shirts into his trousers, my boyfriend and my brother don’t.
I might even end up making one for myself! I have a small bust and like to wear casual shirts, so a men’s pattern would probably work pretty well for me if it came in a small enough size and had some shaping to it.

There you go, the essay you didn’t want! I’m really good at writing unwanted essay-length blog comments! (:

Margo

Margo said:

I sew shirts for my husband. I made him a Negroni, but he didn’t like the “camp shirt” feel. He prefers the McCall’s men’s shirt pattern (6044), which I’ve made several times. My big gripe is that it doesn’t include a separate yoke piece. I might have to add that in. I also should draft a shirt placket included with the shirt front, because sometimes I don’t want it to be a separate piece. But overall, I’m very happy with the fit of the shirt! He likes shirts to be a little slim, definitely not baggy.

racurac2

racurac2 said:

I sew shirts for my husband. He has a swimmer body: long arms, big shoulders, kind of small waist (he used to have a very small waist hehehe), so I have to make alterations to the patterns. I like shirt patterns with collar stand and beautiful cuffs (my husband is very picky and like little details like color of the thread, position of the buttons, type of buttons). For example: I made Negroni from Colette Patterns, but with the addition of a collar stand and better cuffs. I’m still practicing with the sleeves seams and the flat felled seams, it is hard to get a fine job with a regular sewing machine.
Congratulations for your being featured in the book!!!

Susie Wood

Susie Wood said:

I want to fine tune a pattern for my son’s Tai Chi uniform. I made one for him for Christmas but I can see that it needs improvement.

lumberjason

lumberjason said:

I am a man that sews shirts and I have followed Coffin’s previous shirt book to design my own shirt pattern. I find that I like a generous sleeve cuff and various shirt pocket flap shapes that are somewhat like uniform pockets and I like the inclusion of a pen holder in the pocket. As for the collar I like a tall one but guard against the “butterfly” collar look. Extra seams in the front placket or sleeve are very effective at adding interest without being garish.

Naia

Naia said:

I am on the look out for a mens’ shirt pattern for my husband. We have been through two muslims of the Negroni and aren’t even close. However, part of this is my husband’s fault, his shape has changed very quickly from a muscular body builder L to runners frame size S (he has had a hard time facing this change and some well-fitting shirts would help). I don’t have access to traditionally distributed patterns and there really aren’t many options for men’s shirt patterns; Negroni is the only one I have run across. Our ideal pattern would be something slim fitting that could be dressed up for weddings or dressed down for casual everyday wear (with a western flair). However, two well developed patterns would be equally fine.

I am excited to hear Thread Theory is thinking about a men’s shirt pattern, as it would help complete your fantastic lineup of patterns.

Kenneth Revell

Kenneth Revell said:

I plan to sew for myself. I’m intimidated by the process but take the challenge in small steps. I’m especially interested in sewing shirts for casual and casual/work occasions.

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