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with David Page Coffin
Online Class

Shirtmaking Details: Beyond the Basics

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Go beyond standard patterns with techniques for making a shirt that looks like it came from a designer boutique. Renowned sewing instructor David Page Coffin teaches you how custom details can completely transform basic shirt patterns. David begins by breaking down the shirt silhouette and giving you tips for adjusting the yoke. Delight in the details as you discover how to shape, sew and attach a stand, convertible and combination collar. You'll learn to use the burrito technique, sew a variable roll line and cut your own collar pattern. Once your collars look sharp, see how to mark, cut, sew and press perfect sleeve plackets. Even add refined details with custom cutting and pressing templates. Move on to learning techniques for adding pockets and topstitching. Finish with tips on construction order and how to incorporate new details into your pattern.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h56m

Included in this Class

1. Beyond the Basic Shirt

1. Beyond the Basic Shirt

Meet designer David Page Coffin and take a look at shirt anatomy. With an understanding of the constants in a pattern, you can easily change the variables. You'll see how David's mini-muslins aid in the design process and save time, then learn how to get the right fit on the key pattern piece, the yoke.

2. Collars With a Stand

2. Collars With a Stand

Stand collars are a good place to start with designing and refining. Using a template included with your class materials, David walks you through shaping, adding interfacing and getting the perfect curve as you sew. You'll also learn point-turning tips and the burrito technique to attach stand to neckline.

3. The Convertible Collar

3. The Convertible Collar

The versatile convertible collar has a facing and a variable roll line. Begin with a straightforward method of assembly, attaching the collar to the facing and shirt back. David also demonstrates how to incorporate a back yoke, with the advantage of providing a full facing and better shirt fit.