this is one of two shirts i cut out for my husband, this time dress shirts for work. there is a dive fabric shop nearby that has amazing deals and i picked up some white and light bluish grey shirting for $2.50/yd. since i'm still learning all the tricks i'm not ready to splurge on the $10-$20/yd quite yet.
i made the white shirt first with a couple fit and design alterations. i widened the neck by about 5/8". when i had him button the top button on his first shirt, it was definitely too small for tie-wearing. also, the sleeves were a touch long, so i shortened the sleeve by 1/2".
if you squint you can see the collar-stay channel i added
then i did the front placket different. i extended the center front of the shirt front so i could attach the placket at the edge then fold it onto the front, then top stitch. it's a small change, but it requires less blind precision and eliminates hand stitching the placket from the inside.
i decided to track down the ultimate resource in shirtmaking, aptly titled "shirtmaking", by david coffin. since the husband has tasted the fruits of custom clothing there's just no going back. i've glanced through the book and there is so much information to absorb. he has great techniques for all the tricky bits and i will no doubt rely on this book heavily.
i had promised a sleeve placket tutorial to go with my pattern piece, but i made this one in the evening and had no adequate lighting. i'll make sure to do the next one during daylight hours for your benefit. it did turn out rawther well, i think.
overall i'm pleased with how the shirt came out. the fabric weave is looser than a lot of shirting so i had some issues and struggles all throughout. the next one has a very tightly woven fabric so i think it will come together a bit easier. even though i have it cut out, fused and ready to go, i have another project i've already started: thurlow pants in denim! the shop that i picked up the shirting fabric at always seems to have a pile of denim for $2.50/yd and i finally picked some up. plus i have an unblogged pair of pants i made for my daughter... ack! it's only the end of january and i'm already getting behind in posting!