Finished Shirts

A few weeks ago I finally finished the three shirts I started at the beginning of September. Considering that I bought some of this fabric back in June, these shirts took much longer to make than I anticipated. But having never made a shirt from scratch before, I didn’t really know what to expect. I basically followed the same procedure I used to make my jeans earlier this year. First, I drafted a basic upper body pattern to establish the general fit. Once I had an upper body sloper that fit really well, I modified it to create my shirt pattern, adding the yoke, sleeves, plackets, cuffs, collar stand, collar, and pockets.

Here is my favorite of the three. I used a light gray chambray and included pockets on this one. (clearly they all need to be ironed)

gray chambray shirt

The stripes in this shirt are various shades of blue. I decided to leave the pockets off of this one for a little variety.

blue striped shirt

This is a dark charcoal (almost black) chambray with pockets. I love the way this fabric feels, but I’m not completely sold on the color. I don’t usually wear shirts quite this dark.

charcoal chambray shirt

I am thrilled with the way these turned out. The fit is nearly perfect, which is somewhat slim but not “fashiony” tight. I designed the shirt tails to be a little shallower and a bit shorter than usual to give me the option of wearing them untucked. There are no pleats or gathers on the yoke or at the cuffs, which I think gives the shirts a cleaner look.

While the process was long and tedious at times, it was also very satisfying to start with a blank sheet of paper, (okay maybe more than one sheet) and turn it into the perfect handcrafted shirt.

5 Responses to “Finished Shirts”

  1. Aaron — December 12, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    Hello I was browsing google for chambray shirts and I must say, the dark shirt (bottom) is beautiful! The ideal shirt I am looking for.



  2. Taylor — December 13, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    Hi Aaron,

    Thanks! Between now and when I wrote this post, the dark shirt has actually become one of my favorites. I even saw some shirts like that one show up in a few stores.


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  5. Jay — July 26, 2011 @ 2:14 am

    Hey, im really interested in the 2 shirts with the pocket where can i buy one or something exactly identical to it! please

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