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with Pam Howard
Online Class

The Classic Tailored Shirt

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If you know your way around a sewing machine and are ready to tackle truly tailored garments, Pam Howard is the teacher for you. With patient and thorough lessons, she leads you through the creation of the classic dress shirt, from layout and cutout to topstitching and flat-felling (no special sewing machine foot required). With its crisp collar, even buttonholes and perfectly turned cuffs, your shirt will look as professional as the skills you've acquired. While this class is intended for intermediate sewers, even beginners will come away with a better understanding of the craft and a project to work toward. Sew a flawlessly finished wardrobe staple and add finesse to your skills!


  • intermediate
  • 12 episodes
  • 6h14m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

A bespoke shirt is a luxury you'll be able to afford once you learn the skills to sew your own! Meet Pam Howard, your guide on this sewing adventure.

2. The Anatomy of a Shirt

2. The Anatomy of a Shirt

Learn the features of a tailored shirt and consider your fabrics. Pam discusses how to choose and adjust a pattern, and discusses the right interfacing and notions for the job.

3. Lay Out, Cut Out

3. Lay Out, Cut Out

Learn how the pros match stripes, prints and plaids and deal with fabric with a texture or obvious diagonal pattern. Lay out and cut your pattern pieces and mark with tailor's tacks.

Recommended with this class

  • Suggested patterns: Kwik Sew 3555 (Misses S-XL), Kwik Sew 3027 (fitted version with darts, Misses S-XL), Kwik Sew 3586 (Plus-Sized) or Kwik Sew 3422 (Men)
  • Suggested fabrics: cotton, cotton types, shirting, rayon and blends, chambray, broadcloth, 2-3 yards of 45" fabric, depending on pattern
  • At least 1/2 yard interfacing
  • 8 buttons for women's shirt, 11 for men's