Shirtmaking: Buttoning Down the Basics
by Kathryn Brenne
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Perfect Stitching
  • Collar
  • Stand
  • Sleeve Placket
  • Blouse Placket
  • Cuffs
  • Hems
  • Front Placket
  • Buttons
  • Buttonholes
  • Kathryn's Gallery



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    Introduction

    A good shirt is a staple of every wardrobe, and is always in fashion! Whether dressy or casual, classic or a design statement, the techniques of shirtmaking remain the same. Smooth flat felled seams, a well-built collar and stand, tiny precise stitches, narrow buttonholes and optional sleeve plackets and cuffs are the classic features that, when paired with high quality shirting fabrics, result in beautifully-made garments that can serve every occasion from casual weekend wear to a formal black tie event. The techniques outlined in this tutorial can be applied to men's or women's shirts of all kinds. Let's get started!

      
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