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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

How to make a Mans collarless shirt

HOW TO MAKE A  MAN'S collarless Shirt

This is showing you how I make collarless shirts, my next post will show you how to add interest with a contrast yoke and piping, and it will include a collar.
There are many mens shirts patterns, all the major pattern companies have one.The one I am using is an old one which I adapt time and time again.

For this project I am going to be showing you how to make a shirt for a man, of course the same principal applies to making a shirt for a lady. Please do not feel daunted, it is not as difficult as it sounds.
I have made plenty of shirts for my other half and he delights in helping to choose the fabric but the buttons are all his own choice!

So, you will need a pattern.i am using McCalls M6044.
Interfacing,  the weight will probably be a medium unless he intends to wear a tie with it when you would choose a heavy weight sew in. For this project though a medium should be sufficient.I am making it without a collar, but will explain how to do one with a collar on the way.
You will need some buttons too.and matching thread.
If you intend using a contrast fabric for the collar and cuff linings you will need a small piece of fabric which coordinates or clashes with the main fabric in the same weight and same fabric composition.
The reason for using the same type of fabric is that you want it to wash and wear evenly, without going limp or shrinking.

The fabric has been ironed and pinned together along the selvedge - this makes sure the grain is correct which is so important.
The pattern has been cut out, so I am all prepared to cut it out later this evening. Please look again later for photographs and updates on my progress. Meanwhile find some spare fabric and make the tie, you will find it easy and rewarding.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Review of Fiskars soft touch/spring action professional scissors from

I dont know about you but it I find it difficult to find high quality dressmaking tools at a reasonable price. Scissors especially can be a nightmare.
I have been trying out two pairs of scissors from Jaycotts. (click on the link below to browse their products)

These Fiskars Soft touch, spring action dressmaking shears really do make the job of cutting out so very easy.

They have a long blade, 26cm, and are very sharp,enabling them to slide through the thickest of fabrics effortlessly. Because they are spring loaded and have soft grip handles they are a dream to use and hardly need any effort at all. They would be really good for anybody whose hands get tired and sore when cutting out.

Click here to go to the product on Jaycotts web site

They are not expensive and being Fiskars are of the highest quality. They are suitable for left and right handed people.

I used them to cut out some Jersey fabric and they did not pucker the fabric as sometimes happens and made the job a breeze.

As you can see they fit nicely in the palm of your hand and once you have finished using them they can be safely locked until next time.

Another product I am enthusing about is again a  Fiskars product from Jaycotts.
They are a small pair of scissors, very sharp, very nice to hold,for all those little jobs such as snipping threads and so on. The surprise about these is if you flip the lock the other way  they become a very sturdy, efficient seam ripper. I have just used these to unpick a seam on some heavy weight fabric with ease, and they worked equally well on some cotton lawn I have been sewing.

Click here to go to the product on the Jaycotts web site

These are perfect because I can hang them around my neck on a lanyard and so I always have both scissors and seam ripper within easy reach.

One word anout your dressmaking scissors. Never ever let anybody else use them, that includes husbands and children! And please only use them yourself for cutting fabric, nothing else, not even for cutting out your paper pattern. Paper blunts scissors and could easily make them pucker your fabric when cutting out, so hide them, and use cheaper scissors, or your old dressmaking scissors for cutting out patterns and so on, even tissue paper will blunt them!

Do look consider treating yourself with either or both of these products, I highly recommend them.