Actually, not all that short... I started this a while back when I cut
three out at once (sort of 'stack & whack' for shirts!). I managed to
get one finished today, and the second started. I'm hoping to get this
one (blue plaid) done before Alan gets home again on Wednesday...
I used a Kwick Sew pattern for this shirt, after liking the one I did
for young James a couple of months back. But I swapped the cuff placket
for one from another pattern that I like better...
Do any of you have a favourite man's shirt pattern that you come back to
again and again? or do you prefer to draft your own? Alan is a fairly
standard size ( 16.5" collar) so I don't have too much trouble getting
one to fit. His problem is finding fabrics he likes...
Click on Kate's Pages and explore!
I found this site for shirt fabrics a while ago, they have no minimum
order but you have to ring for a price.
have just tried Kwik Sew 3422 which goes together very well but Ifeel a little on the small size. Having 3 sons who are around 6'5"and very slim necessitates me making their shirts, so I am stillexperimenting on patterns. I will have a look at the one yourecommend Kate.
Click on Kate's Pages and explore!> >
Perfect! Thanks a whole big bunch, darling! They are the biz, ain't
they! :D :D! And I know just where to post that link... Gotta keep
these UK suppliers in business, you know!
Damn... Better not show my boys, or they'll leave me no time for paid
sewing! :D :D
I said this about the two shirt patterns I used, on a forum I belong to:
"I have recently made several shirts using two different Kwick Sew
patterns. The ones I used were 3422
I made both versions with the separate collar stands as this makes up much better than the all in one style, and all the shirts are long sleeves. On the whole, I'm very pleased with them. After using the Kwick Sew method of making the sleeve placket on pattern 3422, I wasn't very pleased with it (though it came out OK and I was in a hurry!) so I made the 2777 pattern up with a sleeve placket and method culled from David Page Coffin's shirt book. This made up much more neatly and was more satisfactory, though it takes a little longer and needs a little more care.
Both patterns are very similar in the details, but the cut is quite
different. 3422, which I made up for James in black cotton, is a slimmer
cut than 2777. If you have particularly narrow or slim folk to fit, this
might be a consideration. It isn't quite a 1970's skinny fit, but it
isn't as generous as 2777, and is, I feel, better suited to the
slim-line and the skinny youth. 2777 is also a great pattern, but more
for the more mature or thick-set figure. As with all shirt patterns
though, check both neck size and shoulder width before cutting a
particular size. Both patterns fit my menfolk pretty well straight out
of the packet and cut in their sizes, which is a bonus for me! It isn't
often I don't need to alter the fit of something before making it up!
As with many Kwick Sew patterns, these shirts come with 1/4" seam
allowances. I tend to write this in *large friendly letters* on each
pattern piece as a reminder when I trace them off! 1/4" seams are fine
if you are using a firmly woven or non-ravelling stable knit, but you
will need to add a wider seam allowance if you want to make these in
something like silk dupion or a loose weave cotton.
There are pix of Alan's first shirt in the gallery*, and I'll get pix of
the blue plaid and the brown shirt in as soon as they are done. I need
to find, launder, and iron James's black shirt... He never seems to wear
anything else at the weekends these days, unless in the pool or doing
garden chores! I'll take that as a mark of success... "
*I'll get the posted pix up on my web site in the next day or so, and
you can see them there. :)
And speaking of "short,sharp," my very first professional performance
was as Pitty Sing in the Mikado. It ran for nine months, every night
except Monday, twice on Sunday. Too long. It wasn't fun by the end
of it. But I've always loved Gilbert and Sullivan. I made all the
costumes for this play, too; our costume designer walked out in a huff
about two weeks before we opened. That was more fun than the
musical. I didn't do the wigs--we rented them, but the rest of the
stuff I did. The director helped with the weapons.....
LOL you would have LOVED to have been the costume mistress at our all BOY
Grammar School in the 60's-70's. We did one G&S per year with boys playing ALL
the roles! It always raised a laugh amongst the bawdy stage hands (yes I was one
of *those* as opposed to actually treading the boards) when the local 'rag' did
it's first night review every year and they praised how pretty all the 'girls'
looked and how well the 'girls' sang!!!! You would think the 'rag' would know it
was an all boys school as it was one of only two all boy Grammar/High schools in
the town and had been there for almost 70 years!
During my time there we did The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Yeoman of the Guard
and Pirates (TWICE!). My favourite was Pirates by far and I still love it to
this day and recently watched the great, well over the top, movie version
starring Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline for the umpteenth time!
Then I'll bet you've seen Shakespeare Abridged. If not, you've got
to! I used to teach an Intro to Theatre class, and I took the
students to every professional production that I could. We were near
enough to St. Louis that we had all kinds of choices. Shakespeare
Abridged was the most fun that particular season. I particularly
loved "juliette" played by a 6'3" 120-lb male with the loveliest
I taught here in the boy's grammar school for a while. MUCH more fun
than teaching girls! They do tend to import lasses for the girls parts
these days, but I'd love to do a full 1590's style all boys Shakespeare!
I am aware of Shakespeare Abridged but I have not seen it. The closest I got was
listening to a version of it on the BBC Radio site possibly recorded at the
Edinburgh Festival where it was first performed. It was very funny but of course
you lost all of the 'visual' gags with it being a radio version.