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The Classic Tailored Shirt

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Roll up your sleeves and make a perfectly tailored shirt with the help of expert shirtmaker Pam Howard.

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What You Get

  • 12 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, layout instructions and a sleeve placket template
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Pam Howard
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


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!

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Lay Out, Cut Out
4. Shirt Front Option
5. Shirt Fronts
6. Shirt Back & Shoulders
7. Collar & Band
8. Sleeve Plackets & Cuffs
9. Setting In the Sleeves
10. Pleats & Cuffs
11. Buttons, Hems & Finishing
12. Variations on a Theme

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

Taught by

Pam W. Howard
Pam W. Howard
Pam Howard, owner of Pamela's Closet, Inc., teaches intermediate to advanced clothing construction, specializing in precision sewing, tailoring and couture techniques. Pam has been sewing since she was 14 years old, originally taught by two neighbors in her hometown in Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild (Atlanta Chapter), and has taught at five national ASG conventions and at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos in Atlanta, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis and the Washington, D.C., area. In 2005, Pam launched her own sewing retreats, Tailoring Boot Camp, held at a bed-and-breakfast in Georgia. In addition to teaching, she tests patterns for the Threads magazine Pattern Review column and was a guest on DIY's Sew Much More, hosted by Susan Khalje.

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