Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit (Paperback)

The Ultimate Guide to Fit, Style, and Construction from Collared and Cuffed to Blouses and Tunics

By David Page Coffin

Quarry Books, 9781589239524, 144pp.

Publication Date: December 18, 2018

List Price: 27.99*
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Do you enjoy sewing your own shirts and blouses, but struggle with getting the right fit? In Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit, author, teacher, and renowned shirt-sewing expert David Page Coffin shows how you can easily transform the printed, multi-sized patterns included with the book (as well as patterns and favorite shirts you already have) into three different customized basic shirt silhouettes—loose, fitted, and tight—for both men and women.

With detailed explanations of essential techniques; clear, step-by-step photos; and the basic patterns for sizes from XXXS to XXXL included in a pocket behind the front cover, learn to work with any body shape to achieve unique, personalized, and well-fitted basic shirt patterns for yourself or anyone else.

First, learn about unique fitting options for shirts and the basics of draping fabrics to be wrinkle-free. With these techniques, you will discover how to get a great fit with almost no measuring for any and all body types, including plus-size and athletic figures. Using his couture-inspired draping methods on both standard and custom-shaped body forms (with great tips on how to make your own), David then demonstrates how to adjust shoulder and side seams, necklines, sleeves, and armholes, and add darts or new seams to achieve the fit you want for each silhouette.

Once you've covered the basic concepts and techniques, put your knowledge into practice with the four distinctive, original step-by-step shirt design and construction projects that show a variety of classic shirt, shirt-jacket, and shirtdress stylesyou can make and perfectly fit with the included patterns.

Sewing Shirts with a Perfect Fit will give you the skills you need to get the right fit every time!

About the Author

David Page Coffin’s career as a sewing expert, teacher, and writer began with a self-published how-to book about making custom shirts, which became a bestseller and led to an 18-year editor’s post at Threads magazine, where both his sewing and publishing skills found a worldwide audience. Coffin is also the author/creator of the authoritative and bestselling sewing books Making Trousers for Men & Women and The Shirtmaking Workbook, hundreds of sewing articles, two Craftsy classes, and YouTube videos with hundreds of thousands of views. He has taught workshops throughout the United States and Canada and in the UK, appeared on nationally syndicated sewing shows, and been a featured host on various sewing bulletin boards and websites. He lives in Brookings, Oregon, with his wife Ellen.