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While I love drafting my own patterns, I’ve yet to master collars, so I thought I’d see if anyone knew of a good button down pattern to try. My height makes it near impossible to find store-bought shirts to fit my slimmer body without getting short arms. I really want to add a classic white button down to my wardrobe! I would prefer something with darts not only at the bust, but also the waist, as I don’t thinks a ‘boys’ cut would be too flattering on me.




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    Dec 26, 2012, 07.58 PMby freaky-philomeen

    hi misslivia, in Cal Patch’s book ‘Design it yourself’ there are instructions for a basic shirt that look really easy. Maybe you know someone who has got the book? Otherwise it’s really worth the money because you learn to draft your entire wardrobe.

    I haven’t made the shirt but I made the pants with my personal measurements three times now.

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      Jan 18, 2013, 10.45 PMby misslivia

      Looks like an interesting book, I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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    Dec 26, 2012, 11.04 PMby katexxxxxx

    For the best shirt collars for both men and women, look no further than David Page Coffin’s Shirtmaking book.

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      Jan 18, 2013, 10.45 PMby misslivia

      Thank you! I’ll look into that!

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    Jan 23, 2013, 11.52 AMby 20beverly08

    try McCalls patterns. they have tall shirt sizes patterns from 2012 season

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    Jan 23, 2013, 11.55 AMby 20beverly08

    as for using ‘boys or mens cut’ style pattern: simply add your own bust darts and/or vertical front and back waist darts for a tailored fit. Make a muslin. try it on and pinch it and mark it where you want your darts for a perfect fit. I have had to do this in the past, and it sometimes works better. The only thing I change is that I switch the button down front style for left to right. Women are always right—LOL.

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    Jan 23, 2013, 11.57 AMby 20beverly08

    The only time it did not work better for a mens/boys shirt adjusted for women was with western style shirt, because they require a little more tedious tailoring for a well tailored fit and I had to do a lot of hand sewing.

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