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Lekala mens shirt

Added Nov 26, 2016

by raymed

Warwick, United ...






I thought I would try a Lekala sewing patterns. They are an online made to your measurements sewing pattern company. Once ordered the pattern arrives as a PDF. This free men’s shirt pattern was great. I did take it in a little to give a more fitted look but overall great. With a more shaped waist, it would make a great relaxed fit ladies shirt, as shown on my tailors dummy.

I thought the original pattern was too big by about 2 cm around the chest. What they don’t tell you is what the pattern is designed to look like eg baggy, tight fitting and the level of ease. I chose the no seam allowances option, as I prefer to mark the seam line on the pattern. You could measure this compared to preferred clothing or identify the amount of ease.

I made the cuff slightly bigger, changed the cuff placket to a separate piece (there are plenty of free online patterns/instructions) and made the front button hole section back piece wider to help with sewing.

Material Notes

The fabric is super soft check from my MIL stash, thanks MIL.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Corduroy, Cotton, Denim, Flannel, Linen, Shirting

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    Nov 28, 2016, 10.45 PMby Mary Athey

    This looks so good x

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    Nov 28, 2016, 09.54 AMby martinK

    impeccable work. Nice to see some men’s fashion here

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    Nov 27, 2016, 10.06 PMby raymed

    Thanks Maria. I had made shirts before but this time I spent time finding some great instructions online e.g Male Devon Sewing’s step by step instructions. I hope you enjoy sewing a shirt.

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    Nov 27, 2016, 09.41 AMby Maria Hayek

    Great work! I’ve just astarted on my first men shirt, hope it turns out this good! :)

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