Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Bells & Whistles Shirt Sewing Workshop Pattern

Here is a fun shirt sewn up using a Sewing Workshop pattern and the sewing techniques outlined in my latest article for Vogue pattern magazine. I used a 100% cotton blue and white striped shirting fabric, red buttons and added hand made red bar tacks. I lengthened the pattern by 2". The floating band can be buttoned in various positions or left hanging. Visit the Creativ festival at the International Centre in Toronto this coming weekend April 24, 25 & 26. I will be showing this shirt and others during my Shirt Details lecture.
The Academy of fine Sewing & Design is now selling Sewing Workshop patterns. To order this pattern contact kathryn@finesewing.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Made to Measure Shirts

This is one of the samples for the upcoming Made to Measure shirt workshop at The Academy. It is made from Ce Podolak's Fearless Shirt pattern. It is a great basic shirt pattern! The collar and stand are perfectly drafted and I like the fit across the shoulders and through the bust. Another winner from Ce!
We will be highlighting details found on custom made shirts. This shirt is made from a beautiful, fine 100% cotton I purchased in New York. Notice the precise, small stitching with a length of 20 stitches per inch. Collar, stand and cuffs are all constructed to shape and roll perfectly with a fine, woven sew-in interfacing. Bar tacks are made by hand. Buttonholes are fine and narrow and closed with mother of pearl buttons. All seams are single needle flat felled.