The Shirtmaking Workbook

The Shirtmaking Workbook by David Coffin

Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources - More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets

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Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781589238268
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The ultimate compendium of shirtmaking design variations, instruction, and patterns; Shirtmaking Workbook is a must-have for every garment-sewing enthusiast.

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. www.shirtmakingwithdpc.com

Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781589238268
Illustrations: 250 color photos
Size: 8.625 in x 10.125 in x 0.5 in / 219.08 mm x 257.18 mm x 12.7 mm
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Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Block Logic 12
What is a Block? 13
Shirt Block Categories 13
Where to Get Your Block(s) 14
Blocks within Blocks 14
Fitting 18
Drafting 19
Draping 20        
Copying a Shirt 22
General Pattern Skills 24
Tools 24
Digital Tools 26
Featured Designer: Diane Ericson 28
Resources 30
Chapter 2 Skills and Structures 32
Sewing without Pins 34
Stitching Seams 36
Turn a Better Point 38
Placket Origami 41
Convertible Collar Options 44
Featured Designer: Morgan Meredith 46
Resources 48
Chapter 3 The Dress (or Shaped) Shirt Block 50
The Dress Shirt 51
Featured Garment: Vintage Arrow Evening Dress Shirt 52
Featured Technique: Stand or Band Draping 56
Featured Details and Patterns: Dress Collar Geometry 58
Dress Collar Profiles: Equestrian Collars (64); Wing Collars (66); Detachable Collars (68); Roger Gray Men’s & Turnbull & Asser Women’s (70)
Featured Designer: Anna Gorbatenko 74
Resources 76
Chapter 4 The Sport/Work (or Loose-Fitting) Shirt Block 82
The Sport Shirt 83
Featured Garment: Cubavera Linen Guayabera 84
Featured Patterns: Camp or Convertible Collars (86); V-Neck Convertible Collars (92); One-Piece V-Neck Collars (94)
Featured Designer: Michael Cepress 96
Featured Patterns: Combination, or Italian, Collars (98); Combination Collar Shape Play (108)
Featured Garment: Columbia Fishing/Sunblock Shirt 112
Featured Garment: Smith & Hawken Canvas Field Shirt 114
Featured Garment: Smith & Hawken Poplin Field Smock 116
Featured Details: More Pocket and Cuff Ideas 118
Resources 120
Chapter 5 The Knit (or Stretch Fabric) Shirt Block 122
Featured Garment: Da Vinci Polyester Knit Combo 124
Featured Technique: Polo Collar and Placket Options 126
Featured Technique: Quilting Fleece 128
Featured Technique: More Fleece Finishes 130
Resources 132
Chapter 6 The Folk (or Rectangular) Shirt Block 134
Featured Garment: Swanndri Wool Bush Shirt 136
Featured Garment: Smock Shop Crew Neck Smock 138
Featured Garment: Empire Wool & Canvas Boreal Shirt 140
Featured Technique: Type-1 Placket Closures 142
Featured Designer: Kayla Kennington 144
Resources 146
Chapter 7 The Shirt-Jacket (or Oversized) Block 148
Featured Garment: Pendleton Men’s 49er 150
Featured Patterns: Convertible Jacket Collars (154); Trench Collars (158)
Featured Garment: Filson Double Mackinaw Cruiser 160
Featured Patterns: Mackinaw Collars (162); Shawl Collars (164)
Featured Technique: More Layering Options 168
Resources 170
Acknowledgments 172
About the Author 172
Index 173
 

"The Shirtmaking Workbook by David Page Coffin (Creative Publishing international, 2015) is a 176-page guide to constructing distinctive men's and women's shirts, from classic workaday to runway-worthy options."

"...in the online sewing world, sometimes it feels like there's a scarcity of books that aren't aimed at beginners, so it was really refreshing to find a book that...would be inspiring to newbies and advanced sewers alike (and super inspiring to shirt geeks like me)!"

"...an immersion course in design, with a particularly in-depth look at collars...David doesn't tell you how to sew a shirt from start to finish; you can buy a pattern to do that. But if you start with a pattern and apply his design inspirations, you'll soon be a shirt geek, too."

"...an immersion course in design, with a particularly in-depth look at collars...David doesn't tell you how to sew a shirt from start to finish; you can buy a pattern to do that. But if you start with a pattern and apply his design inspirations, you'll soon be a shirt geek, too." - American Sewing Guild Notions magazine

"...in the online sewing world, sometimes it feels like there's a scarcity of books that aren't aimed at beginners, so it was really refreshing to find a book that...would be inspiring to newbies and advanced sewers alike (and super inspiring to shirt geeks like me)!" - Sonja of Gingermakes.com