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Shirtmaking Details: Beyond the Basics

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Make standard shirt patterns extraordinary by incorporating ready-to-wear details. Learn how to create custom collars, cuffs, sleeve plackets, hems and more.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor David Page Coffin
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. The Convertible Collar
4. The Combination Collar
5. Plackets & Placket Variations
6. Shaped Details: Pockets, Yokes & More
7. Putting It All Together

Taught by

David Page Coffin
David Page Coffin
David Page Coffin has been an editor at Threads magazine for 18 years. He's also the author of Shirtmaking: Developing Skills for Fine Sewing (Taunton Press, 1998), Making Trousers (Creative Publishing, 2009) and The Shirtmaking Workbook (Creative Publishing, 2015). David has also taught sewing and tailoring workshops throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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