38-50. I made a 42.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The design of the shirt was exactly the same. I made view B with the tabs.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This was my first Burda Style pattern and the instructions were okay. The way they had me attach the collar (see below) was new and it took me reading it several times before I even wanted to attempt it. In the end everything went together without any major issues.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the design of this pattern. There is not a thing I dislike about it. My only issue with this version is all the ripples from topstitching.
I think it was because of the fabric since the black did not ripple at all once topstitched.
2.5 yards of green cotton left over from a dress I made myself and 1 yard of black cotton left over from a ren faire costume.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn’t make any pattern alterations but I did change the color scheme. I did the main portion of the shirt in the green. The yoke, underside of the collar, and pocket are all in black. I also did the tabs to have one side green and one side black.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew this again. This is a pretty casual shirt for my husband so he is not able to wear it to work. I want to make a dressier version that he will be able to wear. I also want to make this in a solid color.
I am quite surprised that I am the first review of this pattern. I really didn’t like this shirt when I started due to my husbands color choices. It started out feeling like something Charlie Sheen character would wear on Two and Half Men. But once I finished it that changed. I actually really liked it once DH put it on.
There are two pieces, upper collar (6) and lower collar (7). as you can tell they are shaped completely different. There is also no neckband to attach the collar to the rest of the shirt. To make the collar you attach the under collar first. Then you hem the bottom curve of the upper collar. then you sew the upper and lower collars right sides together. Fold the collar, right sides out and slip stitch it. Then you stitch the lower edge of the upper collar to the shirt center front edge that was folded previously. I hope that all makes sense. I had to read it a few times first and it didn’t really make sense till I actually started going through the steps. Personally, I am not a fan of this collar. I think that it is what gives the shirt a casual look since it cannot be buttoned all the way up. I may try to attach a more traditional collar next time I make this shirt.
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OK, I’m glad I’m not the only one having issues with the collar; however, unlike you… I’m still not quite getting it. What I’m having trouble with is how the bottom of the upper collar attaches to the front of the shirt. They talk about clipping corners, but I don’t see how it’s going to be a neat edge. The whole reason I came online is to see if I can find some help. If you feel like helping me out, my email address is [email protected].
I, too, had a lot of trouble with the collar until I actually sewed it. It does come together very nicely, and the collar does provide an inner facing of “right side” material which a lot of men’s shirt patterns do not do. It is a casual collar. I read the directions about 8 times since the drawings are impossible to follow. As I sewed it became clearer.
When you attach the over collar to the shirt you sew 5/8’s of an inch below the top of the button hole placket, which has only been folded once up to this point. Then you clip at an angle down to the bottom of this line of stitching. Now you can turn the placket into a position so you can sew the collar to the inside of the placket. When you make the second fold on the placket the collar bottom disappears very nicely inside, and is hidden.
I just traced this for my husband. He’s actually going to love the casual nature of it. I’m having a hard time deciding which fabric to use. I might have to go buy some to do a two-toned project like yours.
I am so glad! My husband loves this shirt. So much so that I should probably make him another soon.