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Shirtmaking

Barclay

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Gentlemen of SF,

I have recently determined to develop my skills in sewing which, to date, are limited to basic alterations of garments (I can hem a pair of trousers on a blind hemmer or by hand, I have take a waist in, I can sew darts, etc.). As part of this effort, and in order to increase my wardrobe without breaking the bank (and leading my small family to financial ruin), I have decided that I would undertake the task of making a shirt, from scratch, including drafting a pattern. If anyone is interested, I will take photos of my progress and post about them here--though progress is likely to be slow since I have a young child and all of the shops and stores near me are closed.

What I wanted to ask was whether or not anyone on the forum has a good deal of experience in this field, and whether they have gleaned any valuable information, have any good sources, or just any tips and tricks which might help a relative newbie with limited sewing experience to be able to get a good start on shirtmaking.

I look forward to learning from each of you.
 

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There are videos on YouTube. Shirtmaking should be in any number of tutorial books aimed at fashion design students.
 

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There is a book on shirt making by David Coffin that apparently is helpful
 

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Good for you! Of course you are aware there are several components to the shirt. If you're experience is mainly of altering clothes, then making shirts and items of clothing is working from 2D to 3D. Think of it as jigsaw puzzle when working on patterns. After a few practices, you'll be looking to develop your technical skills like making a french seam and shirts with an english seam. Looking forward to your updates.
 
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Thanks so much -- that's very useful. Unfortunately, I've run into the snag of having everything be closed. I hope that I will get an online order in soon, which will allow me to progress.
 

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Thanks so much -- that's very useful. Unfortunately, I've run into the snag of having everything be closed. I hope that I will get an online order in soon, which will allow me to progress.
Something to do whilst you're 'house-bound', only with a very old shirt of course. Unpick the shirt and re-sew. Helps to visualise the 3D to 2D and vice versa.
 

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