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Jakob in Blue and Cream Check

Added Aug 13, 2011

by corduroycoat

Portland, Oregon...






I FINALLY got around to making a garment for my poor husband. I’ve been apparel sewing for 2.5 years now, and he still hadn’t gotten anything out of me. Well no longer! I finally finished the Jakob shirt that I started for him almost a year ago. The fit turned out great with some adjustment. My husband is tall and very lean, so I had to grade down a size, and then add 1.5 inches to the length of the body and sleeves. I cut the pocket, cuffs, and yoke on the bias for some interest, and used blue pearl snaps instead of buttons. I’m very happy with the result, and it went together very smoothly! I already have another one cut out and waiting to be sewn up.

I also redrafted my own cuff placket using the instructions in the learning section. The placket piece and instructions for the one it comes with are all sorts of wacky.

Material Notes

Blue and Ivory check from Mill End in Portland



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Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic

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    Aug 14, 2011, 06.22 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a great mens shirt and so well finished! i hope for your husband, that the next one does not take a year again :-)

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    Aug 13, 2011, 08.33 PMby wildcatspow

    Love it! I find men’s shirts totally terrifying, but yours is inspiring! Maybe I’ll be able to work out the nerve to try one out for my man soon!

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      Aug 14, 2011, 02.42 AMby corduroycoat

      I found menswear really scary, too. But it went together so easily! Definitely give it a try. But make a muslin! You definitely want a good fit, plus the collar is hilariously big on the pattern so you’ll probably want to adjust that, unless your man is a BeeGee, hehe.

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    Aug 13, 2011, 05.06 PMby elguanche

    Great work! :)

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    Aug 13, 2011, 03.26 PMby stephaniehotz

    this looks great! it looks like it could have been bought! I would like to try making this someday to turn into a dress skirt or for my boyfriend. it looks complicated for a beginner though, did that pattern help a lot?

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      Aug 13, 2011, 03.34 PMby corduroycoat

      I thought the pattern went together really easily, and would be totally fine for a beginner. I would recommend using the placket instructions in the learning section of this site, but otherwise it’s a great pattern! Just be sure you mark your fabric well and cut carefully so that the grain of the fabric lays nice and straight.

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