Hello my sewing friends!
Today I would like to share a project that is unlike any other I have made before: a men’s shirt!
I have been sewing for about 5 years now, and I have almost exclusively sewn for myself. I have made maybe a total of 10 items that are for others; mostly for my mum, and most of them were items that were meant for me, that I made before I knew much about how to select my size, and nothing at all about ease. My mum happens to be about half a size smaller than me, so those items that were just too small to fit me ended up being gifted to my mother.
For Christmas this past year, I got C a shirt pattern, Burda Style 6874, and some fabric to make it. Since I had never made a men’s shirt before, I thought I needed to make a wearable muslin to test the construction, as well as the size.
Pattern and materials
For this shirt, I used Burda Style 6874, and made view C, but used only one pocket. The main differences between the views are the button placket and the cuffs and collar.
Following the pattern measurements, I made a size 40, based on the collar measurement.
The pattern calls for cotton fabrics, and I used this fun Star Wars poplin for my muslin.
I found the construction of the pattern relatively easy; the instructions were not too detailed, particularly when it came to the button placket. I misunderstood the pattern markings, and made the placket too large, which resulted in the bodice being too large for the collar. You can see some wrinkles originating from the excess around the collar.
I took in the side seams about 1.5 cm either side, as it was a little bit loose on C, too.
The collar sits nicely, and the cuffs were easy enough to make.
Overall, I am quite happy with this!
I think next time I will extend the sleeves a little bit – you can see they are slightly too short for C.
Now C and I have got a matching outfit! I tried to make a matching bandana or tie for our little cat, but she was having none of it!
Now I have to make the proper shirt!
Hope you all like it!