Shirt sewalongs

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.

Kwik Sew are particularly known for their men’s shirt patterns.
This is Kwik Sew 3883.

”ks3883”

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

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Wiksten Tova

”wiksten-tova”

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 ?!

pattern download

sewalong from verykerryberry.

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Grainline Archer

”grainline-archer”

(Those back gathers are optional !)

pattern download

sewalong
days 1-5
days 6-14

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 !

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Colette Patterns Negroni for men

”colette-negroni”

pattern

Oh, this pattern doesn’t actually include a collar stand, ah well. . .

sew along from Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness
page 1 of posts
page 2 of posts

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)

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Craftsy

The Classic Tailored shirt class by Pam Howard

Suggested patterns for men and women in Lesson 2

class here

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eSewing Workshop

They use their own pattern draft for the shirt, but you could use many other patterns.

bodice drafting
sleeve drafting

Shirt Sewing sewalong

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The Sewing Guru

the Gent’s shirt video collection
Collection 9

[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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DVDs

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Palmer-Pletsch

The latest version of the Palmer-Pletsch unisex shirt pattern is McCall’s 6613, with sleeve, hem, pocket options.

”m6613”

sewalong in ‘Learning to Sew a Shirt or Blouse‘ DVD

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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 :D

Feel more confident that You Can Indeed Make A Shirt :D

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Patterns and links available October 2013

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2 Comments on “Shirt sewalongs”

  1. Pauline Says:

    The only problem with the Palmer Pletsch pattern is that the sleeve seam is placed in line with. The cuff placket. I understand that this is for ease of construction, but it means that you can’t insert the sleeve ‘flat’. I have redrafted the sleeve so that the sleeve seam is in line with the side seam. Also added a tower placket, so the whole thing looks like a RTW shirt.

    • sewingplums Says:

      Thanks Pauline, I haven’t tried that pattern so didn’t know that – good comment. Perhaps they find people have more horror of making a sleeve placket than of fitting a sleeve ‘in the round’. I agree with you :D


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