Drafting the Men's Shirt Block
Added Apr 1, 2010
Finally, I have gotten around to preparing and uploading the instructions for drafting a man's shirt. As for my other blocks, I will provide instructions in both imperial and metric measurements. Also, I incorporate both the shirt block and the sleeve block within this technique, but I will prepare separate instructions for the cuffs, collar, collar stand and sleeve plaquet, as these are likely to interest a broader group of people than the men's shirt per se. These instructions are for a fairly casual shirt - for a more fitted dress shirt, they would need additional manipulation or a different set of instructions. Note that these instructions are inspired by and partly based on blocks found in Winifred Aldrich's book, "Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear". I've adapted these blocks to some extent for my needs, but her book is very thorough and provides many more blocks for a range of contexts - I strongly recommend the book which is a mine of information.
As for all my drafting instructions, you will need large sheets of paper (I use newsprint, as it is cheap), a long ruler (I use a plastic ruler about 2/3rds of a meter long or 24 inches), and, ideally a French Curve (although a dinner plate can do in a pinch).