Many people feel making a shirt is a step too far beyond sewing a top or blouse.
But there’s a good variety of support available, so it can be worth going for !
These are sew alongs which give detailed extra guidance to supplement the shirt pattern instructions.
I’ve chosen to focus on ones which include a band collar. (The word’ shirt’ is a bit ambiguous, and there are many shirt patterns which don’t have a 2-piece collar.)
Some of the sewalongs, but not all, also include a classic ‘steeple’ shirt sleeve placket.
The free written tutorials are linked to specific patterns.
But most of the on-line videos and DVDs are not pattern specific, though they make pattern recommendations.
The classic shirt has such standard features that the Big 4 pattern companies all have several basic shirt patterns for women.
As usual, I haven’t read or watched through all of these sewalongs, let alone worked through them – so no guarantee about quality !
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On-line free written tutorials with photos
This isn’t a shirt, but it has a collar band, so I’ve included it here.
Easier than making a two piece collar – perhaps a good starter piece ?!
sewalong from verykerryberry.
(Those back gathers are optional !)
There’s even a ‘chat and encouragement’ group at Pattern Review, for people who promised to sew one of these a month for a year !
Colette Patterns Negroni for men
Oh, this pattern doesn’t actually include a collar stand, ah well. . .
This pattern was one of the challenges in the Super Online Sewing Match.
Here are the Entries, which all show creative options (one of them added a collar band, which is what confused me !).
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On-line videos (not free)
The Classic Tailored shirt class by Pam Howard
Suggested patterns for men and women in Lesson 2
They use their own pattern draft for the shirt, but you could use many other patterns.
The Sewing Guru
the Gent’s shirt video collection
[There isn't much open access information at The Sewing Guru site, but you can sign on free for 2 days and have a look round. It's easy to cancel from a PayPal account. Tailor's methods.]
Instructions also apply to making a woman’s shirt.
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The latest version of the Palmer-Pletsch unisex shirt pattern is McCall’s 6613, with sleeve, hem, pocket options.
sewalong in ‘Learning to Sew a Shirt or Blouse‘ DVD
You Can Make It
Level 6 of their sewing course.
The course is cumulative, Level 6 is not stand-alone, it assumes you know all the skills taught in previous levels.
sewalong : Level 6 teaching DVD (scroll down).
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Would you like this sort of extra help with the instructions while you make any of these patterns
Feel more confident that You Can Indeed Make A Shirt
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Patterns and links available October 2013
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