New Shirts, Mid-Project Update

mens shirt backs

I started work on two new shirts this week, and while these colors and fabric weights are more appropriate for spring and summer, I’ve had this shirting fabric in my stash for over a year and have been dying to use it. The left shirt is made out of a super light weight (almost see through) blue/white, yarn-dyed, cotton, and the shirt on the right is a green-ish/aqua chambray, also 100% cotton.

mens shirt fabric pieces

Since each of my projects takes several weeks to complete (sometimes longer), I decided to start doing some mid-project updates part way through the construction process. So far I have sewn the shirt backs and fronts to the yokes, and nearly finished making the collars. I like the casual and somewhat preppy look of button down collars, so the last step for the collars is sewing the buttonholes before attaching the collars to their stands, and then the stands to the shirt necklines.

shirt collars

Every time I start making shirts I pull out my copy of Shirtmaking by David Coffin. While I’m always looking to learn new things and try new techniques, this book is my “go to” for construction methods. Speaking of actually putting the shirt together, my focus this time around, and hopefully from here on out, is to sit back and really try to enjoy the construction process.

All too often, I get carried away with simply trying to finish a project, and forget that one of the reasons I started making my own clothes is that I enjoy working with my hands and creating. If all I wanted to do was acquire a new shirt, it would be WAY easier and probably less expensive to just go buy one.

Happy sewing and happy holidays!

6 Responses to “New Shirts, Mid-Project Update”

  1. Drew — December 21, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    Looks good so far. Excited to see how they turn out. Let’s see more!

  2. Ginger — December 26, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    I can’t wait to see how these turn out! I’m really getting into shirtmaking, and I’m excited to see what you decide to do with these!

  3. Sarah — January 6, 2014 @ 4:20 am

    Look forward to seeing the finished shirts. What fabric are you using for interfacing?

  4. Taylor — January 6, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    I’m using a medium weight sew-in interfacing. I think it is a 50/50 cotton/poly blend.

  5. Ian James — October 16, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

    Hi Taylor,

    I have started making a shirt based on an online pattern which was supposed to be adjusted to my size but I am not convinced having made the collar which looks massive.  Where did you get the pattern for your shirts as they look great.

    Hope you can help. Great blog by the way.


  6. Taylor — October 19, 2016 @ 10:03 am

    Thank you! I self drafted this shirt pattern using a book called Patterndrafting for Fashion Designers: Menswear, by Lori Knowles. Once I had a basic draft, I did a lot of trial and error to adjust the fit.

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