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I am working on a project for college. I am a fashion design student and I am doing research on how long making garments takes. I have a few questions for anyone who has ever made, or attempted to make a shirt.

How long it takes you (skill doesn’t matter) to make a collared shirt with a placket?

I would also like to know if your understanding of fashion changed after you learned how to sew?

Did you think that sewing would take more or less time than you have experienced?


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    Jul 1, 2019, 03.57 AMby christinapat

    Depends on your skill. I can make one within a day or two. The most important thing is to start with a good pattern. Once you’ve got that you’ll eventually get everything else. But start with a pattern that’s drafted and trued by someone who knows what he’s doing—it’ll save you a lot of headache. Trust me.

    A few more things, before I forget:

    A work surface (I use a 2′×4′ piece of plywood, lowes sells them pre-cut, covered with an old blanket and a couple layers of muslin, assembled with a staple gun—make sure you stretch the fabric before stapling…)

    An iron and a spray bottle (best to use a small, cheap iron that heats up fast; you really don’t need steam)

    A stick of water-soluble glue

    A sleeve board

    A point presser for making the collar (definitely optional)

    Don’t bother with a rotary cutter, at least not at first.

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