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I’m looking for a good pattern for a men’s shirt. My husband is really slim and fairly tall so I think the Jakob pattern might be too wide for him?
A few of the projects that were made with the Jakob pattern looked like they would fit him perfectly but the person who sewed them made a lot of changes and I don’t think I’m really up to that level of proficiency.
If anyone has a good suggestion, I’d love to hear it!

Thank you,

P.s. This is one of the projects based off Jakob that looks like it would fit him.



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    Jan 31, 2012, 12.07 AMby patti-r

    Hello Sudaf, I used this one for my husband both versions A (made in a white on white dress shirt) and B(made in light chambray denim) : http://www.simplicity.com/p-1688-missmen-shirt-vest-and-boxer-shorts.aspx#t-0

    Husband is 6 foot wears 15 1/2 shirt has a 34 1/2" sleeve length 33" waist in pants he weighs about 160 pounds. Size BB M L XL

    Used measurements from a shirt he has that fits well to compare with pattern pieces, Used the Large made 3/4 inch seams, and the Extra large for length, in sleeve and body lengths. Cuffs used Large. Hoping this is clearer than mud.

    Yes it was a PITA, but the shirts fit perfect he loves them. Now I watch for sales at major department stores.

    Hope someone has others to help you.. Patti

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    Jan 31, 2012, 02.16 AMby katexxxxxx

    Not a pattern, but a book: David Page Coffin: Shirtmaking. Gives you all you need to know about constructiong and what to use for collars and cuffs…

    For drafting the basic shirt pattern I shall go back to Winifred Aldrich: Metric Pattern Cutting for Men. It really is easier than it looks.

    I’m thinking of making a shirt or two for the GMNT: 17" collar, 42" chest, but the shoulder with for a 44, a 34" waist, and tops 6’2" in bare feet!

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      Jan 31, 2012, 08.37 PMby stvn

      I used DCP’s book and a shirt I liked to create a shirt from scratch. He describes how to create a pattern from an existing shirt.
      He also has good advice on the difficult bits.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 10.02 AMby dare


    I’ve used David Page Coffin’s book as well – its very helpful for getting the construction right.

    I also use the Jakob pattern for my partners shirts (6 made so far). The burdastyle instructions have you set the sleeves in through the shoulder and then stitch the sides of the body and underside of the sleeves together. This means you can adjust the width around the chest and waist very easily. My man is stocky but a slimmer fit suits him better and this has been an easy modification of the basic pattern.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 03.02 PMby mickeygirl

    Take a look at this blogger’s shirt from Vogue. http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2011_07_01_archive.html

    The back is split into three sections under the yoke so it would be easier to taper it to fit. Most of the “baggy” is at the back. You could trace and cut up the Jakob pattern just the same way. Just try to get a good fit in the shoulders so measure the pattern across there first. Then the chest should have some ease but only around 2-3". Make it longer as necessary to tuck in.

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    Jan 31, 2012, 05.01 PMby sadafmurad

    wow, thanks for all the information guys! he is going away for ten days so I will have plenty of time to work through the info and hopefully have a shirt waiting upon his return! thank you!!!

    kate: what’s GMNT?

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    Jan 31, 2012, 09.44 PMby gedwoods

    Note that I also have a block posted for a men’s shirt in the tutorials – I used the block with David Coffin’s book to construct several shirts for myself and my brothers. I consider the Coffin book essential – a man’s shirt is as much about the details of collar, cuffs and pockets as the basic shirt itself, and Coffin helps you get all the details right!

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    Feb 1, 2012, 01.28 AMby sadafmurad

    Thank you gedwoods, I will look into that also!

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      Aug 20, 2012, 08.38 AMby Ranjith


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    Aug 20, 2012, 09.18 AMby katexxxxxx

    It’s just called ‘Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing’ by David Page Coffin

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    Aug 22, 2012, 03.36 PMby Ranjith

    thank u mam, I got instruction from Burda Style & drafted a shirt block. my armscle is of the shirt block is 54 cm.. So in step 36 " a" to " c" is 18 cm( 1\ 3 of armscle. But i feel it is too long. Because in my shirts it is about 9 cm. I am panic over it . please help.

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      Aug 23, 2012, 01.38 AMby katexxxxxx

      Just reduce it a bit. Make the sleeve head no more than half an inch longer than the armscye. That’s all you nee,

      Patternmaking isn’t maths, it’s witchcraft! The technical formula will only take you so far. After that, experiment! You’re off the map and into Here Be Dragons territory!

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